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Vincent Hogan: Aviva - the most expensive second home in history

Published 19/04/2010 | 05:00

I've been to see the new Aviva Stadium and, rest assured, it is every bit as breathtaking as they promised. The intimacy of the old Lansdowne has been preserved with stands that bank up in dramatic green tiers from the apron of an already seeded pitch.

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When I was there, a few workmen dangled from the pipe-cleaner webbing of the roof like spiders doing their knitting, but the heavy lifting is all but finished now.

Health and Safety insisted that we dressed appropriately for the visit, so we were bibbed, gloved, hatted and goggled like a bunch of bee-keepers going to tend hives. But the builders are pretty much just tightening fittings and preparing to remove the cellophane from the seats now. It's like a new house about to be dusted down for its owners.

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