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So excited that Croke Park is a day away! It's my first time seeing U2 in Europe and going it alone in GA. One of the best parts is meeting fellow fans in the GA queues so hopefully will meet some of you there :)

Does anyone have thoughts/plans on seeing what the queue situation looks like tomorrow or are most thinking to get there early on Saturday (similar to other venues)? Any advice for a first timer going to Croke Park for the concert? 

 

 

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10 hours ago, stevieob said:

Look folks, as an Irish guy living close by to Croke Park I think it is only fair to warn you that we have already started the queing process.  We only get the lads home every so often so we think it is only fair and about time that us Irish actually get to the front of the crowd rather than tourists who are following the tour and have been there countless times before and I'm sure you will get your chance again.  So right now we have about 250 people in the Pitch 2 queue and about 400 in the Pitch 1 queue, so you will have to be next in line to us.  We started Queing after the Dubs match last week, indeed, some of us didn't even leave the stadium untill we were found hiding in the toilets on Tuesday afternoon.  The start of the queue is now in the Hairy Lemon and will proceed to Fibbers later on this evening before advancing to the Big Flee tomorrow.  We will then congregate in the Jones Road vicinity about 3pm on Saturday and enter the stadium from there in the respective avenues for the 2 seperate pitch areas.  If you are not part of our numbering system and you try and jump the queue you will be sent back to Quinns at that stage to join the back of the line.

So lets be fair everyone and respect your place

Brillant! Love it.

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So took a drive to Croke park to see what was going on with the queue.  (You can have a look at a croke park map to see the areas I'm talking about).

The entrance to Pitch 1 and 2 will be from St. Jame's Avenue/Foster's Terrace streets.  There's some security around that area and there's absolutely no queue developing (if there is it's hidden away in a pub or somewhere else).

Outside  the Croke Park hotel on Jones' Road there's a few people collecting names and handing out numbers for Pitch 2.  They're not doing Pitch 1 only Pitch 2.  The lady there who's managing that list is staying in the hotel and just on the wall outside.  She's spoken to security and they're letting her take down a name and give out a number providing that people get the number then leave.  She's telling people to come back at fixed times (so for everyone that has a number so far they come back at 8am to sign back in etc).  I was talking to the security people and they agreed that she's doing a decent job taking names and stopping a queue forming.  When I left she was at 178 but people were coming in 2s and 3s all the time so I suspect that will grow quickly.

I walked around the back at the car park (back of Davin stand) and around the streets and it was dead.  No sign of a queue for Pitch 2.

Hope that helps someone.  If anyone finds out where the queue for pitch 1 has started would appreciate a PM!

Lots of security and they told me they'll be moving anyone who tries to gather - they'll be there all night at all the key spots.  So they're taking that no queuing thing seriously fyi.

Nice skies around Croke Park.  Definitely the atmosphere is building!

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Guys, you have to remember, or possibly not aware of - the many wranglings there have been over the years with the residents that live around the Croke Park area. I suppose understandable - and U2 over time get that. Croke Park is in 'inner city' residential Dublin ( or on the edge of it) - which means lots of close knit communities. Perhaps not the wealthiest areas of Dublin - but a football stadium that was built to represent the working class, the gaelic loving football supporters of Dublin and Ireland.

It's a short distance from the fun buzzing city centre that displays also the effects of poverty and misfortune in life.

Over time the controls have been agreed and put in place to alleviate some of the major disruption that affects this area when a big show hits town - which is quite often during the summer, and many of the locals I dare say love it and make some 'spin offs' from it without a doubt.

However, Croke Park is a symbolic venue. It's not, like many modern stadiums sited in a green field area, or by the sea as part of modern city re-generation. It just is where it is - and that's what makes it unique.

I would just respect the controls that are in place. They are generally there for a reason and taken from learnings over many years to ensure the relationship between concert goers and locals remains a harmonious one.

I'm not from the area myself by the way, but I do understand why it's a much more 'sterile' environment than say,  30 years ago!!:D

Bedlam then. I'd have been a very annoyed local resident myself!

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30 minutes ago, kildarekonga said:

So took a drive to Croke park to see what was going on with the queue.  (You can have a look at a croke park map to see the areas I'm talking about).

The entrance to Pitch 1 and 2 will be from St. Jame's Avenue/Foster's Terrace streets.  There's some security around that area and there's absolutely no queue developing (if there is it's hidden away in a pub or somewhere else).

Outside  the Croke Park hotel on Jones' Road there's a few people collecting names and handing out numbers for Pitch 2.  They're not doing Pitch 1 only Pitch 2.  The lady there who's managing that list is staying in the hotel and just on the wall outside.  She's spoken to security and they're letting her take down a name and give out a number providing that people get the number then leave.  She's telling people to come back at fixed times (so for everyone that has a number so far they come back at 8am to sign back in etc).  I was talking to the security people and they agreed that she's doing a decent job taking names and stopping a queue forming.  When I left she was at 178 but people were coming in 2s and 3s all the time so I suspect that will grow quickly.

I walked around the back at the car park (back of Davin stand) and around the streets and it was dead.  No sign of a queue for Pitch 2.

Hope that helps someone.  If anyone finds out where the queue for pitch 1 has started would appreciate a PM!

Lots of security and they told me they'll be moving anyone who tries to gather - they'll be there all night at all the key spots.  So they're taking that no queuing thing seriously fyi.

Nice skies around Croke Park.  Definitely the atmosphere is building!

croke park small.jpg

Great pic.

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42 minutes ago, yardie said:

Guys, you have to remember, or possibly not aware of - the many wranglings there have been over the years with the residents that live around the Croke Park area. I suppose understandable - and U2 over time get that. Croke Park is in 'inner city' residential Dublin ( or on the edge of it) - which means lots of close knit communities. Perhaps not the wealthiest areas of Dublin - but a football stadium that was built to represent the working class, the gaelic loving football supporters of Dublin and Ireland.

It's a short distance from the fun buzzing city centre that displays also the effects of poverty and misfortune in life.

Over time the controls have been agreed and put in place to alleviate some of the major disruption that affects this area when a big show hits town - which is quite often during the summer, and many of the locals I dare say love it and make some 'spin offs' from it without a doubt.

However, Croke Park is a symbolic venue. It's not, like many modern stadiums sited in a green field area, or by the sea as part of modern city re-generation. It just is where it is - and that's what makes it unique.

I would just respect the controls that are in place. They are generally there for a reason and taken from learnings over many years to ensure the relationship between concert goers and locals remains a harmonious one.

I'm not from the area myself by the way, but I do understand why it's a much more 'sterile' environment than say,  30 years ago!!:D

Bedlam then. I'd have been a very annoyed local resident myself!

Absolutely agreed with what you've written. Controls have been put in place for good reason. Yet it is true and we all know that people have and always will queue.  The residents, authority's and I imagine some fans don't want, at one end of the spectrum, a campsite and yet I expect the authority's accept that eventually some kind of queue will form.

Personally - and having been there to see it - I'd take the view that a handful (I'm talking 3-5) people discretely making a list and then telling fans to leave are serving both the venue/residents, by preventing a messy queue forming early, and the fans by allowing some kind of pre-queuing to happen.

I suppose it's a compromise but to me it looked reasonable to both sides. 

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Thursday night giving out queue numbers? lol. There's gonna be a right bunfight on Saturday morning. Glad I'm not GA.

 

As as soon as the concert finishes on Saturday night I'm going to start the list for Zoo TV 2 at Croke Park 2022 and I'm going to be #1 ?

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Just checked toilets on level 3 and there's a group hiding out for the Zoo.com 2022 Tour.  The list is only on toilet paper but it's up to 148.  Most of the cubicles are pretty full.  They say drinking water, if you're not fussy, is ok but food may be a challenge.

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