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National Stadium Dublin

An Iconic Music and Event Venue in the Heart of Dublin City.

National Stadium
South Circular Road
01 4533371
01 4540777
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History of the National Stadium

The National Stadium (Irish: An Staidiam Náisiúnta) or National Boxing Stadium, is located in Dublin, Ireland, is the only purpose built boxing stadium in the World. It was built in 1939 and hosts over 55 Days of boxing each year and a number of other events and performers.  The stadium is owned by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and has been used by the IABA for over 106 years as the venue for their national and International competitions.

In December 1999, the then Minister for Art, Sports and Tourism Jim McDaid, announced an IR£1.3m (1.6m euros) grant under the Sports Capital Programme to undertake the refurbishment of the stadium. This two-storey building was provided with a new grey coloured limestone façade during the refurbishment.


Music, Concerts, Corporate Events

Historically, the  National ~Stadium was used as a music venue, regularly hosting bands such U2, Morrissey, BB King, Sting, PlanxtyU2, Led ZeppelinVan Morrison Horslips, and many others. On 26 February 1980, the band U2 performed a concert at this venue which was attended by executives of Island Records; at the end of the show, Island Records signed U2 to their first recording contract.

The capacity of the stadium is 2,080 for music events, which is reduced to 1,954 for boxing and wrestling events to accommodate the wrestling/boxing ring. The Ringside club seats up to 400 people for parties or sit down dining but some junior boxing events also take place here.

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National Stadium