Ravenhill Stadium
Ravenhill Stadium is located in Belfast, Northern Ireland. It is used by Ulster Rugby. It has a normal capacity of 12,300 and is owned by the Irish Rugby Football Union.

History
The grounds were opened in the 1923/24 season. The ground features an ornate arch at the entrance that was erected as a war memorial for those players killed in World War I and World War II . Ravenhill has hosted 18 international matches, including a pool game in both the 1991 and 1999 Rugby World Cups, which are at the bottom of the page. It was also the scene of Ulster's magnificent performance in the 1999 European Cup semi final when Ulster defeated Stade Francais. The most memorable moment in that game was early in the 2nd half when the captain and one of Ireland's best out halfs of the modern era David Humphrys ran from the Ulster 10 meter line to score a try and ruin the spirit of the opposition. The most recent Ireland international to be played at the stadium was on 24 August 2007 against Italy as a World Cup warm-up match. Before that Scotland was the last visitor in the 1954 Five Nations Championship. Lansdowne Road, now known as the Aviva Stadium is the main venue for Ireland's international games. Since 1924 the stadium has been the annual venue for the Ulster Schools Cup final which is traditionally contested on St Patrick's Day. The stadium is traditionally the venue for the Ulster Towns Cup played on Easter Monday. Ravenhill also hosted the 2007 Under 19 Rugby World Championship Final in which New Zealand defeated South Africa and numerous other pool and semi-final matches.

Redevelopment
The new stand at Ravenhill was officially opened on 9th October 2009 by First Minister Peter Robinson , before a match between Ulster and Bath Rugby . The stand has however been in use since the first home match of the 2009-2010 season, against Edinburgh Rugby . The stand is on the Mount Merrion side of the ground, and consists of a terraced area, over 500 premium seats, and 20 corporate boxes. . Premium seats were delivered by Polish brand Forum Seating belonging to Nowy Styl Group. The terrace area is now covered by a roof for the first time in the ground's history. The cost of the project is approximately £4.5 million, and has been funded by a mixture of public-sector funding, sales of premium tickets and boxes, and loans from the IRFU . There are plans in place for further work. Planning permission has been granted for some of this work, but funding is not confirmed (as of Sep 2009) . Many locals have concerns about environmental issues and further development having been previously advised work was then finished. In 2011, the Northern Ireland Executive annouced that a total of £138m would be made available for stadium redevelopment projects throughout Northern Ireland. Of this, £15m would be allocated for the further redevelopment of Ravenhill, with three new stands intended to be built.

World Cup Matches hosted





14 October 1991 Japan 52 ”“ 8 Zimbabwe Ravenhill, Belfast Referee: Rene Hourquet Tries: Yoshida (2), Mashuho (2), Kutsuki (2), Horikoshi, Luaiufi, Matsuo Hosokawa (4), Hosokawa Pen: Hosokawa (Report) Tries: Tsimba, Nguruve 3 October 1999 Australia 57 ”“ 9 Romania Ravenhill, Belfast Referee: Paul Honiss Tries: Toutai Kefu (3), Joe Roff (2), Rod Kafer, Matthew Burke, Jason Little, Tim Horan Con: Matthew Burke (5), John Eales Pen: Petre Mitu (3)

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