Aviva gears up for its musical debut as almost 100,000 fans flock to Buble gig
NEWLY constructed Aviva Stadium is about to undergo the ultimate test -- a Michael Buble concert.
More than 90,000 fans of the crooner will be descending on the Ballsbridge venue as it hosts its first-ever concerts this weekend.
Speculation has been rife that the award-winning singer would also be playing a surprise gig for Arthur's Day tonight, though a Diageo spokesperson has denied the rumours.
Last-minute preparations were carried out last night by organisers of the Aviva gig who are determined to ensure Buble fans enjoy a good night.
With the sound quality at many outdoor venues leaving much to be desired, Aviva is about to be put to the test.
However, its unique architecture makes it look as if it were built for a massive performance like this one, and this empty stadium should be filled with 100,000 delighted fans over the weekend.
As our pictures show, stadium employees are working frantically to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible tomorrow night.
The stage is being constructed at the Havelock Square side of the stadium, with dozens of workers making the finishing touches.
The venue already boasts four tiers of seating for spectators and the open-grass area will now be open for concert-goers to get a closer view of the Canadian crooner.
The singer will take to the stage tomorrow and Saturday night to capacity crowds -- the gigs caused a ticket frenzy earlier this year and they sold out in two hours.
Punters are being advised to take public transport to the event as there is no parking available at the stadium.