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Stadium puts plans to host weddings on hold

AVID rugby and soccer fans will not be able to follow their GAA counterparts down the tunnel to get hitched.

While Croke Park has thrown open its doors for weddings, management at the new Aviva Stadium has no similar plans.

GAA headquarters has been granted a licence to host civil ceremonies this year and a Dublin couple have already celebrated their nuptials there.

Officials at Aviva had hinted that weddings could be a possibility at the new venue at Lansdowne Road, but they have now put these plans on hold.

"It's not a market we're going after at the moment," said a spokeswoman for Aviva Stadium. "We are looking at meetings, corporate events and parties. We are waiting to get this sector up and running."

The entertainment centre can hold up to 800 people and there have already been some preliminary enquiries into holding parties once the venue is fully operational. "A number of rugby clubs have made enquiries about holding their alumni dinners there," the spokeswoman added.

Officials at the stadium have confirmed that the €410m venue will officially open on May 14.

The multi-faceted event space can hold up to 2,000 guests and it is expected that the revenue generated will reach as much as €250m for Dublin.

The Aviva Stadium has already secured two conference events for the forthcoming year.

"Judging by the enquiries coming in, the message is certainly out there that we are about to open for business," said Aviva Stadium marketing manager Cailin Keaney.

The new Dublin sports centre will be the host of the CEPIC Congress 2010 for 700 delegates representing European picture agencies and picture-archive services.

And a team-building conference for the College of Anaesthetists of Ireland will take place over three days.

The venue is set over six levels and caters for discreet meetings, product launches, award dinners and conferences.

In addition, the venue is aiming to becoming the world's first BS 8901 certified sporting stadium, meaning all events will be planned and implemented in a sustainable way.

Diego Maradona's Argentina will play Ireland on August 11 and rugby world champions South Africa will play at the stadium on November 6.