Dublin busy with Bruce Springsteen and Euro 2016 warm-up match

Croke Park and Aviva Stadium events at weekend set to host 120,000-130,000 people

Bruce Springsteen will be on stage on Friday at about 7pm in front of 80,000 concertgoers. Photograph: JP Gandul/EPA

Bruce Springsteen will be on stage on Friday at about 7pm in front of 80,000 concertgoers. Photograph: JP Gandul/EPA

 

It is set to be a busy weekend in Dublin with two Bruce Springsteen concerts in Croke Park (Friday and Sunday) and the Republic of Ireland facing the Netherlands in a Euro 2016 warm-up game on Friday night at the Aviva stadium.

An extra 120,000-130,000 people are expected in the city tonight and gardaí have asked people to use public transport where possible.There was relief earlier this week when the planned Luas strike on Friday was called off.

Springsteen will be onstage on Friday at about 7pm in front of 80,000 fans, with no support act. The first date of his European tour, in Barcelona last week, lasted 3½ hours. Gates will be open from 5pm and no queuing will be allowed around Croke Park. Organisers have advised people to add least 1½ hours to normal journey time.

Buses and trains will run special services and the Dart will run extra services tonight.

Additional services will run to Greystones, Howth, Longford, Maynooth, Dundalk and Drogheda after the concerts.

Iarnród Éireann has said priority would be given to train customers who had booked their tickets online as the service would be “extremely busy”.An extra service from Dublin Heuston to Galway will run at 12.30am tonight and Sunday tonight. A train will also depart Heuston for Cork – with a connection to Limerick – at 12.40am both nights. Buses will run extra and late night services.

Parking warning

There are 100 disabled parking spaces in the stadium car park, which can only be accessed from Herbert Road.

There will be road closures around the stadium from 3.15pm on Friday.