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Bohs v Rovers set to christen new stadium

DUBLIN rivals Bohemians and Shamrock Rovers may get the honour of playing the first soccer match in the new Lansdowne Road stadium.

The Dublin 4 venue will officially be opened for football business with the Ireland-Argentina friendly on August 11, and there will also be a provincial rugby game there on August 7.

But stadium officials and the FAI are keen to have a dry run ahead of the Argentina game and it has been proposed to hold the Bohs-Rovers game, currently pencilled in for Tallaght Stadium on Friday August 6, at Lansdowne.

"There might be something on that but I can't really go into detail on it," said League director Fran Gavin.

"It would be fantastic. The FAI Cup final is there and it's going to be absolutely fantastic. It's going to be a great showcase. If something happens before that, great."

If it goes ahead, the Rovers-Bohs game at Lansdowne would attract the biggest crowd to a League of Ireland game since 20,000 fans watched Rovers play St Patrick's Athletic at the RDS in 1990.


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