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Fans banking on second Croke Park date if Springsteen concert sells out

Published 10/02/2016 | 07:25

Singer Bruce Springsteen
Singer Bruce Springsteen

Aiken Promotions is keeping tight-lipped on reports that Bruce Springsteen will definitely play a second date in Dublin on May 29.

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The Boss is set to rock Croker on May 27 in what looks set to be one the biggest gigs of the summer when he comes here with his E Street band.

But the concert's promoters are keeping their cards close to their chest when it comes to confirming a follow-up date two days later.

Music insiders insist that a second date is on the cards if, as expected, Springsteen's first gig sells out.

Pop Princess Beyonce (inset) is playing a single date in Croke Park on July 9, meaning that there's the option of a second concert date for Springsteen.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow at 9am, and given his huge popularity among Irish music fans, all 82,000 tickets look set to be snapped up.

The provincial hurling quarter-final between Dublin and Wexford and the football quarter-final between Wexford and Kildare were due to take place on Sunday, May 29.

However, these have already been re-scheduled to take place on May 21 in order to pave the way for the legendary musician, should he chose to play a second date.

Peter McKenna, Croke Park commercial director, said that the stadium's management will sit down with the city council and relevant authorities if a second date is needed.

"The artist's promoter has confirmed May 27 as a definite date," he said.

"We have provided for May 29 should the artist want to use that. That is in the artist's gift," he added.

Mr McKenna said last week it "seems to be the plan" that Springsteen will take a day off should a second date need to be arranged.

Mr McKenna ruled out May 31 for a third concert.

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning and start at a cost of €65.45, rising to €131.

Aiken Promotions is warning fans to avoid bogus ticket sellers, and say that all under-16s must be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

Tickets are limited to six per person in a bid to crack down on touting.

The Born in the USA star will take to the stage at 7pm and will have no support act on the night.

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