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Power Ranking League of Ireland Stadiums

Power Ranking League of Ireland Stadiums

The SSE Aitricity League lost its best stadium from 2014 with Limerick leaving Thomond Park.  Here's how we rank the 2015 League of Ireland stadiums.

1) Turners Cross - Cork City

17 October 2014; A general view of Turners Cross during the game. SSE Airtricity League Premier Division, Cork City v Bohemians. Turners Cross, Cork. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

4 sides, all covered, all seated. The best in the league by some distance.

2) Tallaght Stadium - Shamrock Rovers

14 May 2010; An aerial view of Tallaght Stadium. Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Only 2 stands but they're both well appointed with decent facilities to match. Dublin's best LOI stadium will be even better when the rumoured 3rd stand is built.

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3) Showgrounds - Sligo Rovers

13 October 2012; A general view before the start of the game. Airtricity League Premier Division, Sligo Rovers v St Patrick's Athletic, Showgrounds, Sligo. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Only 3 sides but a fine main stand. Training facilities on the same grounds a bonus

4) Eamonn Deacy Park - Galway United

A general view of Terryland Park. Airtricity League First Division, Mervue United v Salthill Devon, Terryland Park, Galway. Picture credit: Ray McManus / SPORTSFILE

A terrific main stand which made a welcome return to the LOI last year

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5) Richmond Park - St Patrick's Athletic

An aerial view of Richmond Park, Inchicore. Dublin. Picture credit; Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Plenty of faults in Richmond but having 4 sides open for big games is a big plus.

6) Dalymount Park - Bohemians

A general view of Dalymount Park, Phibsborough, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The self-styled home of Irish football isn't what it used to be but the Jodi Stand alone bumps it up here. Plans are afoot to bring it back to life.

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7) RSC - Waterford United

 A general view of the game. U19 International Friendly, Republic of Ireland v Slovenia, RSC, Waterford. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene / SPORTSFILE

The running track hurts but 2 nice stands now in the RSC

8) City Calling Stadium - Longford Town

A Construction worker finishes the installation of seating at Flancare Park, Longford, after UEFA gave the go ahead for the match between Longford town and FC Liteks Lovech. Soccer. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE *EDI*

The 'Flansiro' is all seater but 3/4 of that is open to the elements.  Being in the middle of nowhere is a hassle too.

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9) Athlone Town Stadium - Athlone Town

A general view of Lissywollen Stadium. Men's U17 European Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Greece, Lissywollen Stadium, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit; Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

Basically one stand in the new ground, but it's a very good one.

10) Tolka Park - Shelbourne

A general view of Lissywollen Stadium. Men's U17 European Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Greece, Lissywollen Stadium, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture credit; Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE

The former jewel in the LOI has fallen into severe disrepair. It may not be open much longer.

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11) Brandywell - Derry City

General view of the Brandywell Stadium, home of Derry City FC. FAI Ford Cup, Quarter-Final replay, Derry City v Drogheda United. Brandywell, Derry. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

One big curved stand is it's best feature. A dog track with traps blocking view of some is it's worst.

12) St Colman's Park - Cobh Ramblers

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Home of the best little stand behind a goal in the league.

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13) Oriel Park - Dundalk

A general view of Oriel Park. Airtricity League Premier Division, Dundalk v Shamrock Rovers, Oriel Park, Dundalk, Co. Louth. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

The home of the Champions is also home to the worst away section in the league

14) United Park - Drogheda United

A general view of Hunky Dorys Park. FAI Ford Cup, Semi-Final, Drogheda United v Dundalk, Hunky Dorys Park, Drogheda, Co. Louth. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

Maybe the most disjointed/throw together stadium in the league

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15) Carlisle Grounds - Bray Wanderers

A general view of the Carlisle Grounds. eircom League of Ireland Premier Division, Bray Wanderers v Cobh Ramblers, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

The coldest stadium in Ireland is made up of a pop-up stand, an uncovered stand and a grassy hill

16) Ferrycarrig - Wexford Youths

Credit - wexfordyouthsfc.ie http://www.wexfordyouthsfc.ie/gallery/64-various-random

A nice junior set up with a clubhouse that sells pasta and wine. Another pop up stand.

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17) Belfield Bowl - UCD

A general view of the UCD Bowl. FAI Ford Cup, 2nd Round, UCD v Galway, UCD Bowl, Belfield, Dublin. Picture credit: Piaras Ó Mídheach / SPORTSFILE

One stand, some of which is covered. Still better than the old Belfield Park.

18) Finn Park - Finn Harps

17 September 2014; General views of Finn Park, home of Finn Harps FC. FAI Ford Cup Quarter-Final Replay, Finn Harps v Avondale United. Finn Park, Ballybofey, Co. Donegal. Picture credit: Oliver McVeigh / SPORTSFILE

A few seats in a barn and the rest of it terraced. They're moving soon and the plans look good.

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19) Jackman Park - Limerick

12 April 2014; A general view of Jackman Park. FAI Junior Cup Semi-Final, sponsored by Aviva and Umbro, Ballynanty Rovers, Limerick v Collinstown FC, Neilstown, Co. Dublin.Jackman Park, Limerick. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE

At least it has some seats and its close to the train station. We'll rank Market's Field when we see it.

20) Stradbrook - Cabinteely FC

A general view of the action at Stradbrook Road. Ulster Bank League Division 1A, Blackrock v Young Munster, Stradbrook Road, Blackrock, Dublin. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE

Blackrock College's ground has no seats and no cover. It does have a bar though.

We ranked them based on spectator comforts and amenities. Playing surface didn't come into it. Disagree? Let us know

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John Dodge
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Football fan. Lover of sporting stats. All round nice guy. Balls.ie's so called 'League of Ireland' correspondent. 100% biased against your team

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