Friday 15 December 2017

WATCH: Meet the Bruce Springsteen fans who have 'queued' outside Croke Park since Monday

Mark McConville and Denise Calnan

Meet the die-hard Bruce Springsteen fans who are 'queuing' outside Croke Park ahead of the Boss's gigs this weekend.

Hundreds of fans are attending regular roll-calls at the Dublin stadium to keep their places at the front of the crowd, in place of them camping out in the residential area.

The music fans explained to how they turn up and get a number.

Arene from Holland said; "You have to be here for 5pm, they do checks.

"If you’re not there you’re off the list, you can’t come at a minute past. You can’t miss a second really, if you’re not there you’re off the list."

Caitriona Toland from Donegal showed up on Wednesday afternoon and she's being given the number '70'.

She said rumour among the die-hard fans is that the first person arrived on Monday night.

"We have a Bruce Springsteen truck," Caitriona said.

"Me and my husband own a haulage company and one of our trucks is airbrushed as Bruce Springsteen.

"In 2013 Bruce invited us backstage with the truck and he signed it."

Caitriona's daughter Aoife has been to seven of The Boss's gigs already.

Another couple at the roll-call described the system as "really civilised" because fans don't have to camp out.

Berlin native Ester said the queuing is "super worth it".

"It’s a lot of work but you can tell its super worth it by how many people that do it," she said.

"When you’re up front, you get all the engagement and he’s just so excellently brilliant performing.

"I started when I just happened to be in the pit because a friend got me a ticket, and I just can’t believe I had never did it before. And ever since then I've been doing it.

"Seats are never an option!".

Bruce Springsteen is set to hit the stage both Friday and Sunday night this weekend.

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