One Direction in record sell-out

More than 150,000 tickets for Croke Park concerts sold in two hours

 

CONOR POPE

It took just two hours for One Direction’s two Croke Park concerts to sell out this morning.

Tens of thousands of fans of the wildly successful boy band, desperate to secure admission to the concerts on May 24th and 25th next year, jammed Ticketmaster’s phone lines from 9am and within a couple of hours a new Irish ticket sales record had been set, the company said.

Ticketmaster’s managing director Eamonn O Connor described the speed at which the concerts sold out as “unbelievable” and he said a third concert at the stadium, which has a capacity of around 80,000, would also have sold out “such was the demand”.

The cheapest tickets cost €59.50, to which a Ticketmaster booking fee was added.

By 4pm tickets for the Croke Park concerts were selling on ebay for €195. Each.

One Direction’sNiall Horan, who has supplanted Joe Dolan as Mullingar most famous son, took to Twitter to express his delight at the news.

“ahhhhhhhhhhh just found out the croke park show is sold out..holy sh*t! im sooo excited to announce a 2nd night 25th of may..is now on sale,” he said.

Within minutes of him making the announcement, the second date had also sold out.

The band played sold out dates in the O2 in Dublin earlier this year.