Croke Park boss slams Garth Brooks for gigs no-show
THE Director of the Croke Park stadium has hit out at Garth Brooks for failing to do the "right thing" by playing three of his scheduled five concerts.
Describing the Brooks controversy as a "fiasco", Peter McKenna said the singer's ultimatum of five shows or nothing was unfair to those with tickets for concerts which had been granted licenses.
"To disappoint 250,000 people who had bought tickets was not the advice I would have given him," he told the Irish Independent. "An artist of the stature of Garth Brooks - with the third biggest record sales of all time behind the Beatles - should have played the three concerts. That would have been the right thing to do. But then you could see his point, he had invested a lot into his concerts."
However, he added that the decision had left many people "disappointed with the singer and what happened." Mr McKenna said the GAA are currently "interrogating the process" to ensure a similar situation doesn't reoccur.
"These events attract thousands of people to the city - but the people who buy tickets need certitude when buying them. We need to get to a stage where people who purchase a ticket can be certain the event is going to happen," he added.
The Stadium Director was speaking at the launch of this year's Croke Park Classic in Dublin's Temple Bar. With over 20,000 tourists expected for the American football game - the majority travelling from the US - the economy here is set to benefit to the tune of an estimated €30m.
Penn State and the University of Central Florida (UCF) will go head to head on Saturday August 30 at the event.