Croke Park is set to host the country music superstar this weekend with more than 400,000 fans flocking to his five shows
Croke Park hosts country music superstar Garth Brooks again this weekend for his final two gigs, with more than 400,000 fans flocking to Dublin to see the man with “friends in low places” over the five-night run.
Brooks, who last played in Ireland in 1997, played his first three nights last weekend and plays the final two on Friday and Saturday.
Gardaí said that each morning at 7am, parking cones will go out on roads around the stadium, with a “soft cordon” going in at 10.30am.
By 3pm each day, the “hardcore cordon” will go in place, which means the roads around the stadium will be completely closed. Only residents with the 2022 pass will be allowed through.
Event organisers are encouraging people to take public transport to the gigs rather than driving.
Bus, rail, Dart and Luas transport options can all bring fans within walking distance of the venue, with extra trains and coaches being added from locations around the country to accommodate concert-goers, including from the North.
Some of the companies offering special services for the gigs include Irish Tour Tickets, Travel Master, Irish Concert Travel and Buses to Concerts.
There will be no drop-and-go spots for coaches around the stadium, or Mountjoy Square. Coach parking has been provided next to Whitehall GAA Club, which can accommodate up to 130 coaches.
Irish Rail is warning prospective travel that many intercity services to the gigs are now sold out and that pre-booking is essential.
“Pre-booking is essential on all Intercity routes at www.irishrail.ie and customers must travel on the specific train booked. Many trains are already sold out, including on Cork and Tralee to Dublin routes,” Iarnród Éireann said on Friday.
“Additional late night Intercity trains will operate with 00:40hrs Heuston to Cork (with connection at Limerick Junction to Limerick) after each night’s concert. These trains must be pre-booked with very limited capacity remaining. As service departs after midnight, please check next day’s date to book – e.g. concert on Friday 16th September, choose Saturday 17th September to book.”
The company reminded passengers that alcohol is not permitted on trains.
There will be extra Dart and commuter rail services after the concerts, including:
Full information and booking on irishrail.ie
Screenshots or printouts of digital tickets will not be accepted. Event organisers are also warning gig-goers to beware of bogus ticket sellers and tour operators.
No under-14s will be allowed entry to the standing/pitch area. Bags larger than A4 size will not be allowed, and people without bags will be fast-tracked – but all bags will be searched.
There are still some tickets available on ticketmaster.ie and some reseller sites, although the organisers advise that Ticketmaster is the only official ticket seller.
Gates open at 5pm, but early queuing will not be permitted around the venue.
“There will be zero tolerance for any person drinking on the street, urinating on the street, or any anti-social behaviour,” said Garda Superintendent Martin Mooney.
There is no support act, and the show starts at 7.30pm and is set to last up until 10.30pm.
According to Met Éireann Friday will be largely dry with bright or sunny spells, although temperatures will be between 13 and 17C, down to between 3 and 7 degrees at night, in moderate northerly breezes, so wrap up warmly.
Saturday will begin misty and foggy but this will gradually clear paving way for a largely dry day with some bright and sunny intervals.
Highest daytime temperatures of 13C to 16C, while nighttime will be cool again with lowest temperatures of 4C to 8C.
Due to the particular size of Croke Park, which is almost as wide as soccer pitches are long, organisers needed a new and unique stage ahead of the concert.
Around 2,500 staff are set to be working across the five nights.
Normally, a concert at Croke Park would attract 40 to 50pc of patrons from the greater Dublin area, but for the Garth gigs, this is set to be just 15pc, with the rest coming from the rest of Ireland and abroad.
“This is an absolute boost to the Irish economy,” said Mr Clarke. “It’s a boost to local business as well. So that is a bonus not just for Garth Brooks and Dublin, but Ireland as a whole.”