10 things parents need to know about One Direction concert at Croke Park
One Direction are coming to town next month - and close to 250,000 pre-pubescent fans will be heading to Croke Park to see them in action.
The security operation surrounding the concerts is massive - below are ten tips parents need to know.
1. Gardai have described the operation surrounding the One Direction concerts as unprecedented. A total of 250,000 fans will make the trip to Croke Park for the three gigs
2. While gardai are well used to crowds of 80,000 people in Croke Park, they say the age profile (some 90pc will be under the age of 18) and the fact they will leave Croke Park at the same time makes this “unprecedented”.
3. Supt Kevin Garlton, of Mountjoy Garda Station, has warned parents that they will not be able to drop their children off in cars anywhere near Croke Park
4. However he said there will be two pick up areas - Mountjoy Square East and on the Clonliffe Road near the Mater Dei or Clonliffe College car park - where only parents of children with special needs or physical disabilities will be able to get their children.
5. Gardai advise other patrons to take advantage of Dublin City Council parking Parkrite. A special €4 price is on offer as part of a special ‘Croke Park’ deal
6. Concert-goers are being urged to walk to the stadium or use public transport. Dublin Bus have a number of routes that run close to Croke Park, Iarnrod Eireann will be bringing in extra trains into Drumcondra Station, Bus Eireann will have extra buses on and Luas will keep to a frequent schedule.
7. Fans under the age of 16 can only attend the concert once they are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18
8. Anyone under the age of 14 will not be allowed on the pitch, with or without an adult.
9. Gardai are advising concert-goers to keep their phones and tickets somewhere secure – all the 1D concerts sold out in record time, and tickets are like gold-dust.
10. The first concert will take place on Friday evening – amidst rush hour traffic and the elections. The advice to everyone – regardless of whether you’re a 1D fan or not – is to avoid driving close to the city centre at all costs.