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Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Croke Park: everything you need to know


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A briefing was held at GAA HQ today outlining what fans need to know before heading to the concert. A sell-out crowd of more than 80,000 people are expected to descend on Croke Park.

Springsteen and the band will take to the stage at 7pm. There is no support act and a performance of around three hours is promised.

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Head of Operations with Aiken Promotions Shane Mates said patrons have a two-hour window to get inside the venue and to their seats in time for the show, with doors open at 5pm.

The curfew for Springsteen and The E Street Band to wrap up the performance is set for 10.30pm.

“He will definitely be sticking to that and with the band playing the three-hour set that they do, that’s why they’ll be on stage by 7pm, to ensure if there does happen to be any slight overruns, that it doesn’t run past 10.30,” Mr Mates said.

Garda Inspector Jim Clavin encouraged patrons to be respectful of the residents living in and around Croke Park.

“Croke Park is in a residential area, we have a lot of residents living in close proximity to the stadium,” he said.

“We want patrons to be mindful of that when they’re attending the event and to be respectful to the residents and to their property both coming to the event and leaving afterwards.”

Insp Clavin said concert goers should use public transport getting to and from the event, with Luas services within walking distance of the venue and train services operating between Connolly Station and Drumcondra.

There is no public parking available on the streets around Croke Park.

He said the main message for patrons is to plan how they are going to get to and from Croke Park ahead of time and to check tickets to ensure they know where they are seated and where their access point to the stadium is.

“There’s going to be a lot of stewards and guards inside and outside the stadium and if any of the people attending the event are unsure how to access, they’re always there and available to provide any information that is required,” said Garda Inspector Clavin.

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Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna said a meeting was held with residents last week where they expressed their concerns around the upcoming event.

“This is great for the city but it’s very important to stress to fans when they are coming into a local area and to show respect to the local community,” he said.

“The issues that the residents raised were around the temporary bathrooms outside the stadium so we’ve taken notes on where their concerns were.

“The cleanup operation, which we organised with Dublin City Council, that will happen so we get the area to the same standard that it was before the concert.”

He said a full-time liaison will be available for residents to call on May 19 for them to raise issues including medical emergencies, anti-social behaviour or any unforeseen problems.

No one under the age of 14 will be allowed in the standing area and anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Patrons have been asked not to bring bags and no bags larger than A4 size will be allowed inside the venue.

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