With massive One Direction and Garth Brooks concerts coming to Croke Park, here’s our survival guide.
An estimated 750,000 people will be heading to Croke Park this summer to see One Direction play over three nights and Garth Brookes over five – an Irish record for a solo artist.
If you’re one of the lucky ticket holders, or a parent of one, here are some tips to surviving the night:
- You won’t be able to drop your kids or anyone else near Croke Park – Gardai are planning an unprecedented security and traffic control operation. Instead, use one of two pick up areas - Mountjoy Square East and the Mater Dei Car Park. Or you could also use Dublin City Council’s Parkrite parking for just €4 if you pre-book online.
- It’s a better idea to walk to the stadium or use public transport. Dublin Bus has a number of routes that run close to Croke Park and Bus Éireann are putting extra buses on. Or take the train - Iarnród Éireann will have extra trains into Drumcondra Station.
- Don’t forget that kids under 16 can only attend the concert if they are accompanied by an adult over the age of 18 and nobody under 14 will be allowed on the pitch.
- Check the weather here just before you leave and bring whatever you might need to stay warm or cool or free from sunburn. This is Ireland, so you never know…
- Have you got everything? You’d be amazed how many people arrive at a concert without their tickets! So one last check – Tickets, money, phone. Remind everyone with you to keep these things and their bags and wallets safe.
- Get there nice and early and you can really soak up the atmosphere without having to rush. Oh, and if you’re with a group, don’t forget to agree on a meeting point in case you or someone else gets separated.
Got all of that? Ok, now grab your stetson or your 1D t-shirt and go have a great night!
An Garda Síochána: One Direction Concerts
The Irish Independent: 10 things parents need to know about One Direction concert at Croke Park