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IT'S SQUEAKY BUM TIME AT LANSDOWNE; Experts point out 'blind spot' seats.

Byline: JIM CLARKE

MANAGEMENT at the new Lansdowne Road Stadium are to carry out tests to see if everyone can see both rugby and soccer games from their seats.

Major blocks of corner capacity at the stadium - the oldest international rugby ground in the world - have been left without seating because management fear people sitting there will be placed in 'blind spots'.

The trials, apparently, will involve people sitting on seats and having a look around to assess the view.

The EUR365 million complex, which has now been renamed the Aviva Stadium, will have an official capacity of 50,000 for rugby games, but only 36,000 for soccer, as FIFA impose rules against spectators standing during matches.

The line of sight tests will be carried out before the massive complex is officially handed over to the FAI and IRFU in just two weeks time.

Stadium spokesman Roddy Guiney said: "Aesthetically the stadium would look incomplete without that seating in.

"There are already more than 50,000 seats with unrestricted views, now they will be looking to see what more can be added.

"Any seating with restricted views will be classed as a separate category, only to be used in sell-out situations."

The grass pitch is currently being sown at the ground.

The Lansdowne Road Stadium, which opened in 1872, was originally the vision of Henry William Dunlop, an athlete who organised the first All Ireland Athletics Championships.

The original Lansdowne Road was a multi-sports venue including a cinder track for athletics, a cricket pitch, a croquet green, three football pitches and facilities for archery and lawn tennis.

The first rugby match played at the ground was an inter-provincial between Leinster and Ulster in December 1876 and the ground's first stand was built in 1908.

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Apr 25, 2010
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