MEI Cultural Spotlight #6 – Croke Park

March 10, 2016

Croke Park (Páirc an Chrócaigh) is one of the largest Stadiums in Europe, with a capacity of 82,300 and can accommodate all types of events – from field sports to concerts, meetings to trade-shows and bespoke banqueting. Located on the north side of Dublin it truly is a beautiful modern sporting arena with the capabilities to hold any event in world sports.

Home to the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) it serves as both its principal stadium and headquarters of the GAA. The annual All-Ireland hurling and football events take place in Croke Park. Croke Park has held these championship matches for over a hundred years. The history and heritage of the GAA and Croke Park is long and illustrious.The GAA museum tours in Croke Park outline the events that took the stadium and organisation from humble beginnings to its high standing of today.

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For a full history of the GAA and Croke park click here: Click Here

Following re-development starting in the 1990’s the renovations and work on the stadium made it the third largest stadium in Europe. It is recognised by both FIFA and UEFA

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Many famous faces and names have performed whether in sporting capacity or in concerts in Croke Park. It housed both the Irish rugby and Soccer teams when the Aviva stadium was being developed. Mohammed Ali fought in Croke Park in 1972. American Football has also featured in the famous stadium.

Illustrious bands/Artists have sold out Croke Park including U2, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Beyonce.

A historical monument that has provided so much entertainment for fans over a hundred years Croke Park is close to the heart of every Irish person.

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