There have been many ups and downs along the way, but Garth Brooks fans will see him take the stage again later today at Dublin’s Croke Park.
The US country music superstar will perform five concerts over nine days at the stadium.
The 60-year-old was emotional when he spoke at a press conference in Dublin on Thursday about his excitement and nervousness ahead of opening night.
“I’ve been waiting for this my whole life,” he said, ignoring the forecasted bad weather, adding, “I’m going to dance in the rain.”
In total around 400,000 people are expected to attend the gig, with at least 5% of ticket holders coming from outside Ireland.
It’s been 25 years since the music legend last played in Dublin.
Brooks was scheduled to perform five concerts in 2014, but the gigs were canceled due to licensing disputes with local residents and local authorities around the venue.
At the time, Dublin City Council said it would only allow three of the concerts at the Dublin venue, but the singer refused to perform unless all five were approved.
In November 2021, Brooks announced he would return to Ireland to play at Croke Park in September 2022.
Three more dates have been added after strong demand for two gigs at the venue.
Fans want the star to wear his Stetson and sing his biggest hits like If Tomorrow Never Comes, Friends In Low Places and Callin’ Baton Rouge, among other famous songs. increase.
They were asked to head to the stadium early and use public transportation.
The show starts at 7:30pm with no supporting acts.
Due to the large number of attendees, organizers are advised to plan their travel to and from the venue as there is only one parking lot near the venue that can accommodate 400 cars and traffic restrictions will be in place near the stadium. I am warning people.
Children under the age of 14 are not allowed to stand and enter the pitch area. Baggage must be A4 size or smaller, and will be inspected when entering the venue.
Concert-goers are asked to double-check the date on their tickets and note that the show starts at 7:30pm and the gates open from 5pm.
Brooks said he will adhere to the 10:30 p.m. curfew.