U2 Croke Park gig to generate €12 for the local economy

U2 perform as part of the original Joshua Tree tour at the King's Hall in Belfast in June 1987. Photo by Pacemaker
Marie Louise McConville

Fans travelling to Dublin to see Irish rock legends, U2 at Croke Park this weekend have been warned to "allow additional time to get through security checks".

Almost 80,000 fans are expected at the gig in Dublin tomorrow (SAT) for the only Irish date the band are playing as part of their Joshua Tree 30th anniversary tour.

Tickets for the gig, which went on sale in January, sold out in just two hours, leaving many fans hoping Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr would add a second date, but they did not.

However, fans who do hold tickets and who are planning on travelling to Croke Park have been warned to "allow additional time" for security checks.

The warning comes two months after 23 adults and children were killed at the Manchester Arena when suicide bomber, Salman Ramadan Abedi detonated a device at an Ariana Grande concert.

Since then, security at large events has been stepped up and those attending the U2 gig in Dublin tomorrow (SAT) have been advised to not bring backpacks or large handbags.

Organisers have warned that there will be no storage facilities on site and added that any bags that are allowed entry to the stadium "will be security tagged for the duration of the event".

Organisers said: "To ensure as smooth an access as possible and to avoid any unnecessary delays we strongly suggest that you bring as little as possible with you to the event and minimize jackets and additional layers when possible. To avoid disappointment do not bring backpacks or larger handbags ,you may be refused admission to the venue without a refund".

The gig will see the band return to Dublin for the Joshua Tree anniversary gig, 30 years after they brought the original tour to the city in 1987.

Meanwhile, business organisation, Dublin Chamber last night said the concert would generate around €12 for the local economy.

Aebhric McGibney, Director of Public & International Affairs at Dublin Chamber, said: "Hotels around the city are reporting a significant boost in sales for this weekend and other businesses in the hospitality sector will get a lift too.

"A U2 concert in their home town is a massive draw for the band's incredibly loyal fan base. A U2 concert in Dublin is a truly international event with fans travelling from all over the world".

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