Thursday 27 November 2014

Croke Park boss slams Garth Brooks for gigs no-show

Published 08/08/2014 | 02:30

Peter McKenna said the singer’s ultimatum of five shows or nothing was unfair to those with tickets for concerts which had been granted licenses
Peter McKenna said the singer’s ultimatum of five shows or nothing was unfair to those with tickets for concerts which had been granted licenses
With just over three weeks to the Croke Park Classic, an exciting programme of events around the American College football game between Penn State and the University of Central Florida was announced today by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Christy Burke
At the announcement yesterday in Temple Bar of details of the Croke Park Classic featuring Penn State Vs. University of central Florida which takes place on Saturday 30th August were members of North Kildare Reapers including Simon Greene, Alan Mc Donagh,

THE Director of the Croke Park stadium has hit out at Garth Brooks for failing to do the "right thing" by playing three of his scheduled five concerts.

Describing the Brooks controversy as a "fiasco", Peter McKenna said the singer's ultimatum of five shows or nothing was unfair to those with tickets for concerts which had been granted licenses.

"To disappoint 250,000 people who had bought tickets was not the advice I would have given him," he told the Irish Independent. "An artist of the stature of Garth Brooks - with the third biggest record sales of all time behind the Beatles - should have played the three concerts. That would have been the right thing to do. But then you could see his point, he had invested a lot into his concerts."

However, he added that the decision had left many people "disappointed with the singer and what happened." Mr McKenna said the GAA are currently "interrogating the process" to ensure a similar situation doesn't reoccur.

"These events attract thousands of people to the city - but the people who buy tickets need certitude when buying them. We need to get to a stage where people who purchase a ticket can be certain the event is going to happen," he added.

The Stadium Director was speaking at the launch of this year's Croke Park Classic in Dublin's Temple Bar. With over 20,000 tourists expected for the American football game - the majority travelling from the US - the economy here is set to benefit to the tune of an estimated €30m.

Penn State and the University of Central Florida (UCF) will go head to head on Saturday August 30 at the event.

Irish Independent

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