20 May Beyoncé in Croke Park – A Travel Guide
The long, bright summer days usually mean one thing – the start of the GAA season. However this summer, it’s not just the football and hurling fans filling the seats at Croker. This July, the GAA headquarters will swap goalposts for a global superstar as it plays host to Beyoncé’s Formation Tour.
Fresh from the hype of her latest album, Lemonade, Queen B is back to play her first ever gig in Croke Park on Saturday 9th July. Doors will open for that gig at 5:30pm with Bey’s support act coming out on stage at about 7:30pm.
Croker is on the northside of Dublin City in Drumcondra. You’ll notice a colour-coded system on your ticket and this will help you figure out what stadium entrance you will use. Remember that if you’ve a Davin Stand ticket, there is no access to that stand via Russell Street. Your only entry is via St. Margaret’s Avenue off the North Circular Road.
The venue is bordered by Clonliffe Road, Ballybough Road, and the North Circular Road and details of the colour coded entry routes are as follows:
The Hogan Stand – The Blue Route and access via Jones Road and Russell Street
The Cusack Stand – The Red Route and you’ll get there via St James Avenue and Foster Terrace
Davin Stand – The Yellow Route through St Margaret’s Terrace
Pitch Standing – The Red Route by St James Avenue and Foster Terrace
You will not be able to queue up early before the Croke Park gigs. Anyone who does turn up early, will be turned away at restricted area points around the arena.
Traffic in the Drumcondra area can be busy at the best of times. If you’re travelling to the gigs over the summer, public transport or car-pooling is strongly advised as all routes around the stadium will be exceptionally heavy and parking around the arena is limited. Leave yourself plenty of time to get to the concert.
If you have to take the car, it’s a good idea to park in one of the city centre car parks and get additional public transport to Drumcondra. There will be some road closures or restricted access in and around the venue before and after the concerts.
The closest car park to the stadium is the Clerys/Marlborough St Q Park, which is less than a 20 minute walk from Croke Park. The car parks in the ILAC Shopping Centre and on Parnell St are also a 25-30 minute walk from the stadium. For more details on parking facilities around Dublin City, see here.
Dublin Bus run a wide range of services that stop in the vicinity of Croke Park including the following routes: 1, 7, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 27, 27a, 27b, 29a, 31/a, 31b, 32, 33, 40, 40b, 40d, 41, 41b, 41c, 42, 43, 44, 53, 122, 123 and 130. While a number of these services will bring you quite close to the stadium many others will get you to the centre of the city which is within a 15 minute walk to the grounds. To check if your bus route stops near Croke Park, see here.
Bus Eireann also provide a nationwide bus service and sometimes, private coach hire for travelling fans. For more details, you can check out their website.
Both the DART and the Luas networks bring you within easy walking distance of the stadium. Luas runs additional services to facilitate events at Croke Park. Park & Ride options are also available at various stations along those routes.
If you’re hoping to take the Luas to Croke Park this summer, remember that all stops between Abbey St and the Point will be closed until the end of July to facilitate the Luas Cross City works. It may be wise to get off at the Jervis stop, which is about a half hour walk to the arena. Alternatively, you can use the temporary replacement bus service. For more on that, see here. The temporary stop for Connolly Station is just a 15 minute walk from the venue.
Iarnród Éireann provide services for anyone travelling to Croke Park from a number of locations around the country. The closest rail station to Croke Park is Drumcondra and that station serves the Dublin Commuter line as well as the Maynooth/ Longford line. If you’re using M4/ N4 to get into Dublin, you can exit off the motorway for Maynooth or Leixlip, park your car and then use the rail service to get to Drumcondra. Similarly if you’re on the N3/ M3, you can exit for Clonsilla or Castleknock and then get the train to Drumcondra. Drumcondra train station is less than a ten minute walk from the venue.
- The Croke Park concerts will take place rain or shine so remember to dress for the weather. Irish weather is unpredictable at best, so layers and a light rain jacket are a good option. If it rains, don’t bother bringing an umbrella. They will not be allowed inside the venue.
- Strict security checks will be in operation before both concerts and a number of items will not be permitted: umbrellas, garden furniture or seats, food, banners or flags larger than A4, laser pointers, glowsticks, flashlights, inflatable balls or balloons, weapons, fireworks, glass or cans, alcohol, studs & spikes, shooting sticks, selfie sticks, cameras with more than 1’’ lens, video cameras & audio recording devices.
- Smoking is prohibited except at designated smoking areas within the grounds.