Garth Brooks announces two nights in Croke Park in 2022
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Garth Brooks has announced his return to Ireland next year with two nights in Croke Park in 2022.
This will be the country singer's first gig in the country since 1997, and had previously sold out the Point Theatre (now the 3Arena) for 8 nights in 1994.
Brooks made his return to touring in 2014 after a long hiatus, and had planned to play 5 nights in Croke Park, selling 400,000 tickets for €28 million in the process.
However, protests from residents and receiving permission for only three nights from Dublin City Council caused Brooks to cancel all events.
"I can’t thank the people of Ireland enough for how welcome they have made me feel. I have faith that Dublin City Council will make the best decision for the people of Ireland. For us, it is five shows or none at all. To choose which shows to do and which shows not to do, would be like asking to choose one child over another. However this plays out, Ireland has my heart and always will", he wrote in a statement at the time.
🚨 𝗛𝗨𝗚𝗘 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 - The #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history, @garthbrooks, will play live at @CrokePark, Dublin on 09 & 10 September 2022. This will be the only European venue Garth will play in 2022 🤠
🎫 On sale Thursday 25 November at 8am - https://t.co/MYai5NX2E7 pic.twitter.com/37jOBUFbPq
— Ticketmaster Ireland (@TicketmasterIre) November 18, 2021
The backlash has continued to be felt to this day, with Croke Park residents already arguing against the possibility of five nights again in recent weeks.
"For the residents, it's not really about who plays in Croke Park but how it's managed, particularly outside the stadium and in the residential streets," said Patrick Gates, chairperson for the Croke Park Residents Association.
"We do suffer from quite a lot of disruption. Croke Park just don't seem to be able to manage the external environment for large events so we do have a problem with that."
There are currently no plans for Brooks to play five nights in the venue, but only time will tell...
Tickets are on sale Thursday (25 November) at 8am from ticketmaster.ie.