Thursday 23 May 2019

Move 'an operational nightmare'

Sam Griffin

PROPOSALS to move the two disallowed Garth Brooks' concerts will give hope to the 160,000 fans set to miss out on the gigs, but could be an operational nightmare for the GAA.

The discussed move would mean the two gigs would now be staged on the Wednesday, July 30 and Thursday, July 31.

But the official fixture list for this year's All-Ireland Senior Football Championship sees two quarter finals down for decision on the following Saturday.

This would mean there would be just one full day to transform the stadium from music mecca to football field. While the official fixture list does not state a venue for the games, the football quarter finals are traditionally hosted in GAA headquarters. The last time a tie from this round was held outside Croke Park was the 2003 replay between Galway and Donegal.

Concert promoter Peter Aiken has previously stated the shows would be unforgettable, thanks in no small part to the vast levels of customised equipment being brought in to build the stage and surrounds.

He said a move to another stadium would not be logistically impossible.

As it is unlikely Dublin will be playing in either of the games, the GAA could move the planned games to a different venue, but this could prove unpopular with county faithfuls who want to see their team in Croke Park.

Irish Independent

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