Sports is back in Dublin as a big-ticket event in the capital this week.
With the new season of Formula 1 set to start on Sunday, the city will host the first ever Formula E race at its newly refurbished Leinster House Stadium.
The event, which will take place in the grounds of the city’s main sports centre, will feature the first race in Europe.
“We have a massive sports infrastructure in Dublin, we are a world-class city with many great events happening every day, but Formula E is going to be one of the best sports events ever,” said F1 race director Martin Brundle.
“We want to see more events here and the city is a great location to host them.”
Dublin’s Leinstree Stadium is the home to the Irish Formula E championship and will be hosting the first event in Europe since the event’s launch in 2018.
The city’s existing stadium will also host the opening of the inaugural F1 circuit, with the new venue scheduled to open in September.
F1 race organisers will have a full weekend of racing at Leinstar Stadium, which hosts three major events including the opening round of the Formula 1 championship.
The Leinsters have previously held the inaugural Indy 500 in 2017, which drew 2.6 million fans, and will host this year’s event, with a capacity of 1.6m.
The race will be staged at a venue that is part of the Leinish Bank development and has been earmarked for a future Formula E Grand Prix.
The race will also feature a race weekend for the first time, with all 12 cars set to race in Dublin.
F3 series star and Formula E driver Lewis Hamilton will be the main event at the event, but there will also be a number of other drivers racing in Dublin including Kevin Magnussen, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel.