A unique stage will be created at Croke Park Stadium for US country singing star Garth Brooks, who will open the first of five concerts in 10 days.
On the unique stage, which expects 80,000 concertgoers on September 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th, the Ork has already begun.
In the early hours of the morning on his social media channel Inside Studio G, the global superstar announced that work on the stage had started on Monday. “The first leg of this massive structure is going up,” he said, adding that this stage setup is being made “exclusively for the Irish shows.”
“Anyone who has seen a Garth show will not have seen this setup. I didn’t even see it. I’ve seen drawings of it, blueprints of it and stuff like that, so we’re pretty excited.”
The multiple Grammy Award winner explained that the stage “is going to be long and it’s going to get into the crowd. It is elevated so people in the background can see. So this won’t be like (another). That will be greatly increased.”
Referring to his first shows in the country in 25 years, Brooks said he was “excited” to be playing in Dublin again and the 2014 debacle, when his then mammoth series of performances was canceled due to resident objections and licensing issues, was ” like two people who wanted to see each other and their father wouldn’t let them”.
He added: “So now it’s finally going to happen. I’m so excited.”
The fun album star said he will be traveling to Ireland next weekend as part of the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour. He is expected to remain in Kerry during the two weeks that his entourage will be in Ireland.
The 60-year-old also announced that his wife Trisha Yearwood, who will be traveling with him, will be celebrating her 58th birthday here on September 19.
He explained that large parts of the stage and the merchandising had already been shipped and flown in here a few weeks ago. “Half of the (stage) was (brought) by boat. All that stuff has to be over early. Much was specially created and flown there (Ireland).
“It’s extremely expensive. It’s weird that you can play five nights in front of 80,000+ people a night and not make as much financially as a show here (USA) just because the expenses are so crazy to get stuff done.
“But I would do it for free as I can’t wait to just drop by. I can’t sleep because I think I don’t want to make mistakes. I want to have fun, flaws and all, and have a party. I want it to be the time of my life. Ireland is something to see.”
The Thunder Rolls star admitted he was concerned about how Dublin would deal with all the people traveling from home and abroad to attend the concerts and “wants the journey to be the best for everyone”.
“We will be in a (residential) neighborhood, so people will become part of a community. I really want this to work for Ireland and Dublin.”
Last April, Brooks announced that his upcoming stadium tour, which will conclude with a series of Dublin concerts, would be his last.
The father-of-three said he will miss the “people who are on the tour” when his stadium gigs come to an end.
A spokesman for the Dublin Chamber of Commerce said it would be “not wrong to say it’s good for Dublin and Ireland because of the multiplier effect, but that depends on the type of concert-goer”.
Brooks will take to the stage at 7:30pm each night due to a 10:30pm curfew.
A Garda spokesman said they will “release traffic schedules for the concerts” closer to when Brooks first performs. Croke Park management, Gardai, residents and business owners worked together to ensure all shows ran smoothly.
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