Friday 23 March 2018

Kevin Myers: Aviva limited in wisdom, size, vision and suitability

Kevin Myers

I'd sworn that I would never enter the Aviva stadium, but on Sunday I was induced to by a friend who had a spare ticket, and the promise of lunch in The Lobster Pot beforehand.

It was an interesting journey through time. The lunch was quite superb, a reminder of the Old Ireland that caused people once upon a time absolutely to love a trip here. But the stadium is a perfect three-dimensional model of the DNA of hubris that not only killed the Celtic Tiger, but infected her cubs with the congenital syphilis of monumental debt.

The Lansdowne Road stadium is run by the Irish Rugby Football Union, its country cousins, the Football Association of Ireland, and their joint operating company, NSL, New Stadium Limited. It is well-named, because limited the stadium really is. It is limited in wisdom, limited in size, limited in vision, limited in suitability, and limited in practicality. So limited in planning was it that the goalposts are indistinguishable from the roof trusses.

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