Don't get us wrong, The Aviva is a lovely stadium (well, at least three quarters of it is), but there was something magical about the old Lansdowne Road stadium that holds a special place in our hearts.
We've gotten all sentimental while thinking about the unique features that we have grown to miss, and now it's time for you to do so too. Here are 12 things we miss about Lansdowne Road.
The old school scoreboard.
The torrent of abuse opposition goalkeepers used to face for goal kicks.
Why don't Irish soccer fans do this any more? The likes of Edwin Van Der Sar and Vitor Baia were never once allowed to take a goal kick without a roaring crowd distracting them, whereas now the opposition keeper can calmly strike the ball without fear. Perhaps this is the reason for our drop in the FIFA rankings?
The schoolboy stand.
The relaxed stewarding.
"Stewards to end of match positions" rang out around the ground, it was almost time for the obligatory pitch invasion. The only way you were getting caught was if you were far too slow to be participating in a pitch invasion. There was also a time where every Irish try would be greeted with a friendly pat on the back from the lads in the first couple of rows.
The Guinness East Stand.
Seeing into the stadium or being able to briefly watch the match while going past it on the DART.
Not having to walk around the entire stadium to get to your turnstile.
The incredibly frustrating crowd control at the Aviva means you need to know what colour your turnstile is, and what road you need to walk down, before you get to the stadium. Back in the Lansdowne days it was hop off the DART and stroll to the gate. Easy.