Monday 19 February 2018

The Boss says we can leave work early...

Promoters urge Springsteen fans to arrive early and avoid traffic chaos

Bruce Springsteen. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Bruce Springsteen. Photo: Michael Mac Sweeney/Provision
Insp Tony Gallagher, Alan Gallagher, Jim Clarke of Aiken Promotions, and Supt Daniel Flavin at Croke Park ahead of the Bruce Springsteen concerts
Commuters walk on the Luas tracks during the ongoing strike
Ireland striker Shane Long. SPORTSFILE
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

The organisers of Bruce Springsteen's concerts at Croke Park are trying to avoid traffic chaos by advising ticket holders to use public transport and arrive early.

Some 130,000 people are expected to descend on Dublin this Friday given The Boss is performing the first of his two gigs and the Ireland soccer team are going head to head with Holland at the Aviva Stadium.

The ongoing Luas strike could cause traffic delays, given many music and soccer fans will have to rely on buses and the Dart to reach their destinations.

Concert organisers have warned fans that The Boss will take to the stage promptly at 7pm and will have no support act.

Instead, he will play for an expected three-and-a-half hours as he brings his long-awaited River Tour to our shores.

Aiken Promotions event controller Jim Clarke said excited Bruce fans could look forward to "one of the best acts to ever grace this stadium".

He kicked off the European leg of his tour in Barcelona last week and played 36 songs.

"His performance at Croke Park will be on a par with anything else that has occurred in the world," Clarke said.

"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 are, 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," he said.

Mr Clarke urged concert-goers to use public transport, plan their journey in advance and to come prepared, given that showers are forecast.

Asked about how he expected the Luas strike to impact on Friday's traffic flow, he said there would be "additional services" to help bring people to the concert.

"It's very important that we get as much information out about the challenges of getting here to make sure that people are here for seven o'clock so that they enjoy the entire show," he said.

However, it must be noted that no early queuing on the streets will be allowed in the vicinity of Croke Park. Early arrivals will be turned away.

Inspector Tony Gallagher of Mountjoy Garda Station said they were "very conscious" that it will be a busy night in Dublin and have kept that in mind with their traffic management plan.

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

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

Concert-goers have been asked to show Croke Park residents respect, while a freephone community hotline is available to local residents who wish to bring any concert-related matter to the stadium's attention.

Free 'Tag-A-Kid' safety wristbands will be available, which guardians attending with young children are encouraged to avail of. Garden furniture, inflatable balls, selfie sticks, and glow sticks have all been banned.

Concert-goers are advised to bring ponchos in case of bad weather and should be aware that umbrellas are also banned from the concert.

Irish Independent

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