The Aviva Stadium has plans in place to host games behind closed doors should that be required, however, the prospect of fans attending matches at the venue in 2020 appear to be slim.

The stadium is celebrating its 10th anniversary today and has witnessed some special days in Irish sport, but stadium director Martin Murphy feels it is unlikely that games behind closed doors could be the best-case scenario in 2020 with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. 

"We are planning for games behind closed doors," he told RTÉ Sport. "We will be following the lead from other sports. Ultimately, we want to see the stadium full again, but it will be some time before that can happen.

"We envisage games behind closed doors, then partial numbers and then something approximating full numbers depending on social distancing and measures in place." 

Murphy says they would be able to turn the arena into a socially distant venue with less than a weeks' notice. 

"We would create a cocoon, a sterile and safe cocoon for the teams and match officials with no interaction other than that cocoon. We have detailed plans.

"We have done our research, what others are doing, what Germany is doing and a lot of that is still evolving. We have detailed plans drawn up with the FAI and IRFU behind closed doors." 

The plans are in place for that game to go ahead, but that's outside our control

While the American Colleges football game between Navy and Notre Dame at the Aviva Stadium at the end of August hasn’t yet been cancelled, Murphy says events are being monitored closely.

"It really depends on things outside our control. 

"People are watching closely what is happening both sides of the Atlantic. The plans are in place for that game to go ahead, but that’s outside our control.

"It’s a bit early to make a call on that one, but as time progresses, that will be kept under review."