Donnybrook stadium was the home of Leinster Rugby until they moved to the RDS. It still hosts a number of inter pros, senior and underage plus the club games of stalwarth Bective rangers and Old Wesley Rugby Clubs and that's just the stadium pitch !. The back pitch hosts a training session every night during the season and two weekend games for junior teams.
Anyone you talk to about the stadium refers it as "The Beach", it looses grass cover and only for the fibre reinforced root zone it wouldn't be able to function as a rugby surface. Traditionally come the first of May the pitch surface has to be rebuilt and prepared for September.
NOT ANY MORE! as Donnydrook is going synthetic. Leinster Rugby have chosen this proven Saracens rugby surface as they play all there English premiership games on it, which is of course an IRB approved system to now replace the beach!
Sportworks were awarded the contract and are half way through the construction stage of the ground works.
It is a major step for synthetics, Ollie Ennis from Sportworks says, " The IRB approved synthetic systems now give the customer, in this instance rugby, a huge advantage in the organisation of fixtures, safety of play and a rentable surface, it's a win win situation for everyone"
It may be a win win situation for synthetic surfaces but not for grass and until natural turf can host 30 hours of rugby or any sport per week then synthetic systems will win out.
Progression is sad sometimes but reality is that Donnybrook Stadium will now be more efficient, consistent and enjoyable surface for rugby player and fans to profit from.