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The Boss's two Croke Park gigs sell out in minutes as hotels hike room prices

Melanie Finn and David Kearns

Published 12/02/2016 | 02:30

Bruce Springsteen fans have snapped up the offer of two appointments with The Boss as he hits Croke Park this May - and hotel prices for the gig nights have already soared by more than double.

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Springsteen confirmed a second date at the stadium after the first concert sold out in just 90 minutes.

Fans had scrambled to get their hands on a precious ticket for the first May 27 gig, inundating the Ticketmaster website or queuing from dawn at ticket offices.

Mother and daughter Ita Gibney and Laura Costello had been at the Ticketmaster office in Stephen's Green Shopping Centre in Dublin since 6am.

Laura had a special link with the megastar as she had been lucky enough to be chosen to dance on stage with him at his last gig in Kilkenny's Nowlan Park in 2013. "He pulled me up and we twirled each other around for ages," she said.

"It was one for the bucket list all right."

Bruce Springsteen. Photo: AP Photo/Peter Morrison
Bruce Springsteen. Photo: AP Photo/Peter Morrison
The queue for the Bruce Springsteen Tickets in Stephens Green. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Mother and daughter Laura Costello and Ita Gibney, from Dublin got their Bruce Springsteen tickets. Laura danced with Bruce on stage in Kilkenny on his 2013 visit. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Claire Nolan, from Dublin, was successful in beating the queues for Bruce Springsteen tickets in St Stephen’s Green. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Aiken Promotions promptly confirmed a second date on Sunday, May 29, after all 82,000 tickets were snapped up in record time.

Those tickets went on sale at 9am and, by 9.30am, frustrated fans were reporting that it had also sold out.

But it didn't take long yesterday before tickets were being re-sold online for up to 10 times their original face value, with one site looking for a whopping €1,286 for a pair.

Meanwhile, some Dublin hotels have more than doubled their prices for the relevant dates. Venues all over Dublin have reported a surge in bookings as music fans make sure they have accommodation for the concert dates.

One north inner city hotel located 10 minutes away from Croker is now charging a cool €630 a night. The same hotel costs €280 a night for the week preceding the gig.

Springsteen has not played here since the summer of 2013 - when he performed a nationwide tour, taking in dates in Kilkenny, Limerick, Cork and Belfast.

His last time to play in the capital was back in 2012, when he performed at the RDS in Ballsbridge.

This will be his first time to play Croker - with music insiders saying that it's the perfect venue for his spectacular stage show.

Seminal

The star is currently in the early stages of The River Tour in the US and Canada.

He will perform more than 30 tracks from his seminal 1980 double album, meaning a string of chart-topping hits played over three-and-a-half hours. A regular performer on these shores, he has always been one of the biggest concert draws, ever since he performed a monster gig at Slane Castle on June 1, 1985.

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