Saturday 20 January 2018

Heading to Bruce Springsteen in Croke Park? Here's what you need to know

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Mullingar roots: Bruce Springsteen
Mullingar roots: Bruce Springsteen
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Organisers of this Friday’s Bruce Springsteen concert at Croke Park are trying to avoid mass traffic chaos by advising ticket holders to arrive early and use public transport.

Some 130,000 extra people will be in the city this Friday night, given the Boss is playing the first of two sell-out gigs and Ireland will take on Holland in Aviva Stadium.

Luckily the Luas strike has been called off - but with Ireland playing at the Aviva, the capital is set to experience a busy rush hour.

Organisers also say that Springsteen will take to the stage promptly at 7pm and will have no support act, playing for an expected three hours when he brings his long-awaited River Tour here.

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen

Aiken’s Event Controller Jim Clarke said that that excited Bruce fans could look forward to “one of the best acts to ever grace this stadium.”

“His performance at Croke Park will be on a par with anything else that has occurred in the world,” he told

“It’s very important that we reinforce that Bruce Springsteen does the entire show. There are no support acts. So it’s Bruce from start to finish. Tradition is that it’s quite a long show so it’s very important that people get here on time.

“Dublin’s a very busy city particularly on a Friday afternoon. Whatever your normal arrangements for getting to Croke Park, double it. If you’re coming on a three-hour journey, make it a six-hour journey. If you’re coming on a two-hour journey, make it a four-hour journey. Give yourself plenty of time so that there’s no disappointment that you’re going to miss half the show by being late.”

Mr Clarke urged concert goers to use public transport and come prepared, given that showers were forecast this weekend.

Garda Inspector Tony Gallagher of Mountjoy Garda Station said that serious traffic restrictions will be in place around the stadium with a “rigid cordon” around the venue.

Born to gig: Springsteen's name has become a byword for superior live performances.
Born to gig: Springsteen's name has become a byword for superior live performances.

“We do realise that on the Friday evening, there will be 130,000 people in the city because there’s a simultaneous event in Aviva Stadium when Ireland play Holland so we’re very conscious of that in terms of all the arrangements regarding traffic,” he said. “There will be extra buses and trains.”

He appealed to members of the public for patience with stewards and Gardai when it came to their traffic management plan.

Extra buses will run beyond midnight on Friday but not as late on Sunday.

No overnight queuing will be allowed either and stewards will be moving on fans, they also advised and no under 14’s will be allowed on the pitch. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.


The gigs are sold out and the organisers have warned punters about bogus ticket-sellers who may be flogging tickets outside the venue.

Bruce Springsteen on his Born in the USA tour in 1984
Bruce Springsteen on his Born in the USA tour in 1984

There is no queuing allowed on the streets around Croke Park and residential areas prior to the gates opening. Early arrivals will be turned away so time your arrival appropriately. 

Croke Park's community officer and community team will be on duty both nights and a freephone community hotline is also available to local residents who wish to bring any concert-related matter to the stadium’s attention.

Also, the organisers state:

·         Under 14s are NOT allowed on the pitch either accompanied or unaccompanied.

·         All under 16s attending the concert MUST be accompanied at all times by a parent or guardian aged over 18.

·         Guardians must remain with under 16s and take full responsibility at all times for them throughout the event.

·         The organisers reserve the right to refuse admission without refund to anyone who fails to comply.

Bruce Springsteen with bandmate Steve Van Zandt playing to happy crowds at the Wrecking Ball Weekender at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny
Bruce Springsteen with bandmate Steve Van Zandt playing to happy crowds at the Wrecking Ball Weekender at Nowlan Park, Kilkenny

Those with children in tow can avail of the free TAG-A-KID safety wristbands which will be available at all the customer care points both outside and inside the venue.

Parents/guardians attending with young children are encouraged to avail of these white wristbands which have a space to write a contact number and seat number so that in the event of a child getting lost they can be more easily reunited with their parent/guardian.

Attendees should also bear in mind that it's an outdoor concert so bring a poncho just in case.  Umbrellas, however, will not be allowed into the venue.

And it sounds ridiculous, but make sure you check you have the correct concert date and approach route before leaving home and keep your tickets in a safe place.  This does not include your back pocket...

Organisers advise you to avoid bringing backpacks and large bags.

The following items will not be permitted:

Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Australian tour with a warning about his political influence over national economics
Bruce Springsteen kicked off his Australian tour with a warning about his political influence over national economics

o   Alcohol

o   Banners or flags larger than A4

o   Cameras with more than 1” lens

o   Fireworks

o   Flashlights

o   Food

o   Garden furniture or seats

o   Glass or cans

o   Glowsticks

o   Inflatable balls or balloons

o   Laser pointers

o   Selfie sticks

o   Shooting sticks

o   Studs & spikes

o   Umbrellas

o   Video cameras & audio devices

o   Weapons


·         Obey the stewards and Gardaí and any instructions given over the public address system, for your own safety.

·         This event is not a suitable environment for babies or small children. High noise levels can damage a child’s hearing. There are no measures in place to facilitate babies or small children. Everyone attending the event must have a concert ticket.

·         There will be a wide range of food and beverages available to buy within the stadium. Please note: Alcohol will only be available for adults ages 18 and over, you will be required to provide photo ID as proof of age.

·         There are strictly no re-admissions to the concert.

·         Smoking is prohibited, except at designated open areas within the grounds.

·         Walk slowly to the exits at the end of the concert.


Traffic delays are inevitable so your best bet is to walk to the venue or avail of public transport.  Bear in mind that there is a LUAS strike planned for Friday 27. 

Organisers advise adding at least 1.5 hours to your normal travel time and you can plan your route here:

Get an overview of how to get to Croke Park on or An Garda Síochána have devised a traffic management plan for these events.


•        Croke Park is well served by public transport – Dublin Bus, Rail & Dart will bring you less than a 15 minute walk to the ground. Details are available at:  &

•        Please use city centre car parks; details of which can be found on the parking & taxis section of .

•        Late rail services (Maynooth & Dundalk rail lines) and DART services will operate after the concert.

•        Special train services will operate from Heuston Station:

o   Limerick and Cork with stops at Portlaoise, Limerick Jnt, Mallow & Charleville at 00.30am

o   Galway with stops at Tullamore, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Athenry & Oranmore at 00.30am

•        Additional Dart and Commuter services will also operate.

•        Further information on services is available at or phone 1850 366 222.

•        There is a planned Luas stoppage on Friday May 27th due to strike action. Luas red line services between Jervis Street and the Point will be affected by Luas cross city works on Sunday May 29th. Further details are available on

•        Download map and directions at

•        Check the AA Roadwatch website for reports on traffic, road works and delays etc. For latest live show day traffic updates telephone AA Roadwatch on 1550 22 22 11 (AA Roadwatch premium rates apply) or tune in to RTÉ 2fm.


Your ticket will tell you which concert date and approach route to the venue to take - there's a colour coded ticket system in operation.

Croke Park access map

There is no access to Davin Stand via Russell Street - entry is via St Margaret's Avenue off North Circular Road.

Box Office - credit card collections/guest list: Available from official Ticketmaster outlet at Gills Corner – the corner of Russell Street & North Circular Road.

SPECIAL NEEDS: Please contact Aiken Promotions in advance of the concert at  with any accessible requests or queries you might have regarding this concert. For further information, please visit

PLEASE NOTE: Should you have any queries in advance of the concerts you should contact Ticketmaster or Aiken Promotions. On concert day there will be customer care points outside and throughout the venue and if you need assistance just speak to a member of staff in a pink hi-vis vest.


Croke Park is bordered by Clonliffe Road, Ballybough Road, and the North Circular Road.

BLUE ROUTE: Hogan Stand via Jones Road and Russell Street

RED ROUTE: Cusack Stand and Pitch via St James' Avenue and Foster Terrace.

YELLOW ROUTE: Davin Stand via St Margaret's Avenue.

Organisers would also remind you that it's a residential area and appeal to fans to respect the local community by not littering, not engaging in anti-social behaviour and by not parking illegally.

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