Organizers have said the five Garth Brooks concerts in Ireland will be an “extravaganza” that could be the biggest musical event ever and have warned attendees to prepare their travel to and from the Dublin venue.
The organizer’s Pokespeople said the stage was specially designed for the Irish concerts and will be set up by specialists from the USA.
“It’s going to be an extravaganza,” Jim Clarke, events controller for Aiken Promotions, said Monday.
“This equipment, a lot of it, was flown straight to Ireland from America. It’s a one-off, it’s not part of the established tour. So we’re doing everything we’re doing here for the first time.”
The 60-year-old US country star will perform five concerts at Dublin’s Croke Park Stadium over the course of 10 days, with the first beginning this Friday.
There is particular interest in the event as Brooks’ five concerts in 2014 were canceled following a licensing dispute with locals around the venue and local authorities.
Dublin City Council said at the time it would only issue licenses for three of the concerts at the Dublin venue, but the singer refused to perform unless all five would take place.
In November 2021, following popular demand for two Garth Brooks concerts at Croke Park, three more dates have been added: September 11th, 16th and 17th.
At a media briefing ahead of the concerts on Monday, Croke Park’s Peter McKenna thanked residents for their support and said it had been “very, very positive this time around” compared to eight years ago when the concerts were “busy”. .
Around 400,000 people are expected to attend the concerts over the five dates, with representation from all counties and at least 5% of ticket holders coming from outside Ireland.
“Croke Park would normally draw 40-50% of its crowd from the greater Dublin area for a concert. In this case it’s about 15%,” said Mr Clarke.
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“Every county is represented, 30 countries around the world are represented: 5% of the people who come to these concerts come to Ireland. So that’s not just a bonus for Garth Brooks and Dublin, but for Ireland as a whole.”
Due to the large attendance, organizers are warning people to plan their travel to and from Croke Park as there is only one car park with space for 400 cars near the venue and traffic restrictions will be in place near the venue.
Persons under the age of 14 are not permitted in the general admission/pitch area and bags must be smaller than A4 and will be searched on the way to the venue.
Visitors are also asked to check the date on their tickets and are reminded that the show starts at 7:30pm and the gates open at 5pm.
Superintendent Martin Mooney said a “soft cordon” would be in place around the venue from 10.30am on the morning of each concert, housing residents and businesses in the area, and a hard cordon would be in place from 3pm.
“That’s basically the roads around Croke Park are going to be closed,” he said, with residents being allocated three passes each to access areas around Croke Park ahead of the concerns.
From 10:15 p.m. until about an hour after the concert is over, no entry will be allowed inside the cordon “however” to allow people to leave the concert, Mr Mooney added.
“I ask the concert-goers to be considerate of the local residents and also to behave respectfully,” he said.
“There will be zero tolerance for any person drinking on the street, especially urinating on the street, littering, antisocial behavior and also illegal parking.”
More details are available on a section of the Transport for Ireland website to help people plan their journeys.
Eamon O’Boyle, events controller for Aiken Promotions, said that with Croke Park being almost as wide as a football field, the stage was designed with that in mind and is expected to be “quite spectacular”.
Referring to the boon this would bring to the Irish economy, Mr O’Boyle said that “basically five All Ireland Finals come together”.
Organizers would not be involved if Brooks could arrive in the country before Friday’s performance.
Mr Clarke said this is expected to be one of the biggest cultural performances in Ireland.
He added: “Garth Brooks has become an icon in his own right in Ireland.
“400,000 people in five days and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. I think he could have sold so many more tickets, he’s so popular across the country.
“Everyone wants a ticket. This is nature. This is probably the largest cultural event in Ireland in the history of music. So people clearly want tickets and that demand hasn’t diminished over the days.”
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