Here's everything you need to know about Bruce Springsteen's Croke Park gigs

All the information on transport, weather and what time The Boss will take to the stage

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Bruce Springsteen plays Dublin in 2008. Picture by: Niall Carson / PA Archive/Press Association Images

Bruce Springsteen is to play Croke Park tonight and Sunday as part of his River Tour, which kicked off in Philadelphia last January.

Over 160,000 people will attend the concerts over the weekend in Dublin City.

Here's everything that you need to know about the upcoming gigs on Friday and Sunday: 

How do I get to the gig?

Organisers and An Garda Síochána are urging people to use public transport to get to the gigs. Detailed information about the various transport links available can be found on the Transport for Ireland website or at garda.ie.

Croke Park also have a handy guide on their website with public transport maps. Between the Springsteen gig and a match for the Boys in Green against Holland at the Aviva Stadium, it's going to be busy on the roads with 130,000 people expected in the capital.

Event Controller for Aiken Promotions Jim Clarke says to double your usual journey time to Croke Park to avoid disappointment.

Dublin Bus

Dublin Bus are providing extra routes to the stadium. Routes that serve Croke Park are:

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Full details of the individual routes can be found on the Dublin Bus website.

Luas

The Luas will be in operation both nights.

A number of stops on the Red Line Luas, from Abbey Street to The Point, are closed until the end of July for the Luas Cross City works, but you can walk from Abbey Street to Croke Park in about 20-25 minutes.

The walk from Jervis is approximately 27 minutes.

Irish Rail / DART

Additional services will operate on both nights to Greystones, Howth, Longford and Maynooth after the concert.

Additional services have been added to accommodate customers travelling from the concerts on both Friday 27th and Sunday 29th May:

  • Dublin Heuston 00.30hrs to Galway serving Tullamore, Athlone, Ballinasloe, Athenry and Oranmore.
  • Dublin Heuston 00:40hrs to Cork with a connection to Limerick Colbert. 

Further details can be found on the Irish Rail website.

Taxis / Driving

A 'rigid cordon' will be in place around Croke Park for the concert. The Clonliffe Road and the North Circular Road will close from 5.30pm.

A number of taxi companies operate in Dublin City and several Apps are available to help with booking. 

Driving directly to Croke Park is not advised as traffic delays will be guaranteed.

Regular traffic updates are provided by AARoadwatch.

There are two confirmed supervised car parks available in the vicinity of Croke Park.

  • O’Connell’s School, North Richmond Street. Entry via North Circular Road. 
  • Clonliffe College car park, Entry via Drumcondra Road (This car park has parking and provides special needs parking spaces)

Gardaí say traffic will not be permitted to leave the car parks for a period after the concerts in order to allow pedestrians leave the area safely.

Details of other City Centre Carparks can be found Dublintown's website.

Which side do I enter the venue from?

For ease of access, there will be a colour coded ticket system in operation.

Blue Route: Hogan Stand via Jones Road and Russell Street

Red Route: Cusack Stand via St. James Avenue and Foster Terrace

Yellow Route: Davin Stand via St. Margaret's Terrace off the North Circular Road

There is no access to Davin Stand via Russell Street

Image: ©INPHO/Norman McCloskey

What time will he be on stage?

Both gigs start at 7pm with gates opening at 5pm, and the Boss is known for his punctual starts. 

There is no support act, and Springsteen shows tend to be quite long, so the advice is to get there early and give ample time for queuing. 

On Tuesday, The Boss played a whopper 32 songs.. including one rather unusual choice:

Can I get food at the concert?

Yes, there will be food and drinks available.

Is it going to rain?

It's Ireland, so probably yes at some point, but for a more detailed answer see below.

Umbrellas will not be permitted inside the venue so bring plastic macs or rain coats.

Friday: Weather looks pretty good for tonight! Met Eireann forecasts a dry evening with bright sunny spells, with lows of 7 degrees. There is a chance of a few light showers later in the evening.

Sunday: Sunday is expected to be warm and sunny with highs of 17 degrees during the day. You can check in with the weather on Sunday morning on the Met Eireann website.

What should I avoid bringing to the gig?

Umbrellas, flag poles, banners larger than A4, furniture for the pitch, bottles, any glass bottles or cans, big rucksacks, selfie sticks, alcohol, video cameras and audio recording devices.

Can children attend the event?

Yes, those under 16 must be accompanied by someone over 18 for the duration of the concert.

No one under 14 will be allowed on the pitch.

There will be free TAG-A KID safety wristbands available at all customer care points, both outside and inside the venue.

Parents and guardians attending with young children are encouraged to avail of these white wristbands, which have a space to write a contact number and seat number.

The purpose of these is to help reuniting lost children with their parent /guardian should a child become separated from you within the venue.

Anything else I should be aware of?

Organisers and an Garda Síochána say safety is their main concern.

They are asking attendees to please follow the guidelines of the stewards, with Gardaí and announcements made on PAs.

After the gig, they have asked people to be mindful of the local community and keep noise levels to a minimum.

Bins will also be provided on the routes to Croke Park, so there will be plenty of places to put litter.

How can I keep up to date with transport and other information?

Keep an eye on relevant Social Media accounts (but not while driving).

The following accounts are worth a follow: