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Ticket ballot opens for ‘historic’ British & Irish Lions match at Aviva Stadium

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The ticket ballot for the first British & Irish Lions match to be staged in Ireland has opened, and will be live for the next three weeks.

The British & Irish Lions are set to face Argentina in a Lions 1888 Cup match at the 51,700-capacity Aviva Stadium (pictured) in Dublin. The match is a warm-up before the team embarks on its 2025 Tour to Australia, and is scheduled for June 20 next year.

Revealed in December last year, the announcement followed the rugby union side’s match against Japan at Edinburgh’s Murrayfield Stadium ahead of the 2021 Tour of South Africa. That occasion marked only the third time that the Lions had played a ‘home’ fixture.

Exclusively for fans registered on The British & Irish Lions database, which is free for anyone to join, the ballot will run until 11:59pm on May 1.

Applicants that have been successful will be notified by email, with the purchase window opening on May 8 and closing two days later on May 10.

Ticket prices will range from €38 (£33/$41) to €195 each.

“Preparations for the 2025 Tour to Australia are gathering momentum, and we are really excited for the match against Argentina in Dublin,” said Ben Calveley, chief executive of The British & Irish Lions.

“Fans are what makes a British & Irish Lions tour so special, and to have the opportunity to play in front of over 50,000 Lions fans at Aviva Stadium is a fantastic prospect. I would encourage all Lions fans to sign up for the ticket ballot for this historic match to give themselves a chance to see the Lions play on home soil before we depart for Australia.”

Lions Rugby Club Tour members have guaranteed access to tickets for the match against Argentina in Ireland, with these memberships also still available to purchase.