A limited number of extra tickets has been released for all five dates of The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event July 25th through 29th at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland.
Due to less production demands — meaning the stage and other production equipment are taking up less space than previously thought — premium and production tickets are being released. These tickets will go on sale this Friday, May 2nd at 9 am. Croke Park premium seat holders will be given first opportunity to purchase their seats for shows in the stadium. Many have taken up this option and purchased tickets for some or all of the Garth Brooks shows and the remaining tickets are now being released for sale.
Tickets are €65.45 and premium seats €80 will be available from Ticketmaster Outlets Nationwide and ticketmaster.ie. Credit Card Bookings 0818 719 300 (ROI) / 0844 277 4455 (NI).
Brooks first announced the “Event” in January as two concerts, but due to an overwhelming demand selling out within minutes of going on sale in February, a third, fourth and fifth show were added, also selling out immediately.
The total number of tickets sold for “The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event” five night extravaganza has surpassed 400,000, thanks to the newly released tickets, despite securing permits for the event.
However, concert promoter Aiken Promotions, Croke Park and Brooks are under scrutiny by locals living near the massive concert venue, who are protesting the concerts, claiming the number of concerts “goes against previous agreements [between Croke Park and the Residents Alliance of hosting two concerts per year] and will have a detrimental effect on the surrounding community for the duration of the concerts.”
Patrick Gates from the Croke Park Residents Alliance says Croke Park hasn’t kept their side of the bargain. “The issues run — parking and congestion, anti-social behavior — we’ve been unable to move in and out of our homes without harassment. Litter, noise pollution — they’re all the issues that we have, and we thought we had an agreement with Croke Park. They’ve failed and they’ve breached every agreement that they’ve had with us.”
Concert supporters claim that the city stands to gain more than €100m from the five concerts, as well as an influx of tourism from all over the world by folks eager to see the country superstar return to the touring circuit after a ten year break.
The Herald reports that organizers have finally applied for an event license application to the Dublin City Council on April 17th. That means interested parties, including the Croker neighbors protesting the concerts, have until May 21st to make submissions against the shows.
Despite the protests, One Direction is being given a special exemption to perform their three gigs in Croke Park from May 23rd through 25th. They will benefit from a distinction in the planning laws that will ensure their concerts proceed unhindered.
Brooks is the only music artist to perform an unprecedented five nights at Croke Park with an estimated attendance of over 87,500 patrons per night. Brooks last performed Croke Park in 1997, during his three year world tour, before going on a self-imposed retirement to raise his three daughters.
“The Garth Brooks Special Comeback Event” is a pre-curser to a major world tour Brooks will kick off in the fall.\
Author: Buddy Iahn
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