Dublin gets ready to be rocked once again by U2
Friday, June 24, 2005
240,000 Ireland's most successful band ever to return for a hometown gig in . The supergroup is playing Friday, Saturday and Monday in front of 80,000 people a night at . have put in place a massive traffic management plan to cope with the influx of people. Fans have been queing since Thursday morning when a group of fans from , Italy and Canada started queuing outside the stadium.] fans are preparing for
The concert forms part of U2's current "" world tour. The support acts include emerging Irish bands and along with already very popular Paddy Casey. and will cap it off as warm up acts on Monday.
The gates for the gig will open at 4pm with the actual band not expected until around 8.30pm. Irish media has entered a frenzied anticipation of the concert all this week, with constant coverage on radio stations. The national broadcaster,, is set to dedicated almost 3hr 30min to the band with an exclusive interview by Dave Fanning forming the centerpiece of the stations coverage of the "U2 weekend". frontman , who played in front of a sell out crowd in Dublin earlier this week told fans that U2 were "still the best band in the world".
Croke Park is the fourth largest stadium in Europe, with an official capacity of 82,000 - bigger than both and . Croke Park is used to host GAA matches in sports such as and and regularly attracts audiences of 60,000 or more in the summer months.
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