Croke Park residents to meet with stadium bosses over concert issues

Concerned Croke Park residents are expected to meet with stadium bosses and Aiken Promotions representatives next week to discuss next year’s concerts, The Star can reveal.

In an email seen by The Star, residents were invited to a meeting with stadium and Aiken Promotions senior management on September 30 at 7 p.m. at the new Sackville Avenue handball and community center “for find out more specifically about the planning of concerts in the stadium. for the next year.”

The email was sent just hours after Ed Sheeran announced he was going to perform at the GAA on April 23, and a second gig was requested on the 24th.

And after Ed’s last time in Ireland where he sold a record 400,000 tickets and performed in multiple stadiums, he also plays Pairc Ui Chaoimh in Cork on April 28, Thomond Park in Limerick on May 5 and Boucher Road Playing Fields. May 12 next year.

The meeting with residents will be chaired by Independent Chairperson Noeline Blackwell.

Residents are expected to seek clarification on Garth Brooks’ speculation that he wants to play five nights at the stadium next year.

And rumor has it that Bruce Springsteen will play Croke Park next April.

But Patrick Gates, president of the Croke Park Residents’ Association, told The Star the meeting could come a bit too late as promoters appear to have already requested and confirmed several concerts for next year without consulting residents.

Mr Gates said: “It’s not really [positive news] since it’s after the fact that they announced something like eight or nine gigs and now they’re calling a meeting to tell us about it. But we’ll wait and see what they have to say next Thursday.

He said he hopes to hold his own residents’ meeting to discuss a possible approach with promoters and stadium bosses.

“People are disgusted and curious about this. We have not yet met as a residents’ association, but we will meet before next Thursday and discuss our approach at this meeting.

“It is too early to say where we are at this stage,” he said.

Yesterday, residents also received another email – seen by The Star – offering a pool of 1,000 tickets for residents to purchase for the concert.

Sheeran is set to perform in stadiums across Europe next summer as part of the “first leg” of a massive tour, which he told his 34.2 million Instagram followers about the “start of the next three. years “.

Tickets for all Irish shows go on sale this Saturday at 8am. There is no pre-sale for fans, but residents of Croke Park will have the option of purchasing two tickets per household out of the 1,000 tickets available.

In the email it says: “There will be a limited local community allowance of 1,000 tickets which will be available for purchase on a first come, first served basis between 8am and 9am on Saturday morning September 25th. .

“This exclusive ticket offer is in addition to a future draw of local residents for 100 pairs of free tickets to this concert which will take place in early April next year.”

But Mr Gates said the offer to buy an Ed Sheeran ticket was not compensation, as he explained: on days of big events … I will hold onto until we see this. that they have to offer.

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