Friday 23 March 2018

Aviva plugs stadium leaks ahead of big game

Paul Melia

SOCCER fans going to the Ireland-Argentina match on Wednesday should pray it doesn't rain because water is leaking into the Aviva stadium.

Yesterday it emerged that teething problems with the new €400m home of Irish soccer and rugby have forced the developers to plug a number of gaps in the guttering which is allowing rain into the stadium during downpours.

But the stadium's operators were quick to dampen fears that Wednesday's match will be a washout.


"The problem is minor," a spokesman said. "All the rainwater is harvested for re-use so there's large amount of guttering on the stadium. In a few, small places they identified a problem where the water got in."

It was normal when major buildings opened that these problems emerged, but it was not a major issue, he added.

"It's a big structure and you find things out as it starts to operate. It's being fixed. We've identified exactly where the problems are."

Met Eireann is forecasting some showers for Wednesday, but with a good deal of dry weather and sunny spells.

Irish Independent

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