THE anticipated demand for tickets for Bruce Springsteen’s Thomond Park gig means the July 2013 gig is likely to sell out “immediately”, it has been predicted.
An advance pre-sale of tickets is continuing this Wednesday for those in possession of a 10-year ticket for the stadium, while a pool of thousands of tickets allocated to members of the Munster Supporters Club sold out in minutes today.
Tickets, priced at €90 and €100, do not go on general sale until 9am this Thursday, December 9 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets, including Euro Empire on O’Connell Street in the city, with tickets limited to “6 per person, per booking, per household, per card”, according to Aiken Promotions.
Owner Dave Jackson is predicting huge demand for tickets for the July 16 gig when they go on sale tomorrow.
“5,000 tickets put on pre-sale today sold out in a matter of minutes - the demand is incredible, off the chart,” said Mr Jackson this Wednesday.
“It will be an instant sell-out. If you had asked me a week ago when they announced the dates and it included a gig in Páirc Uí Chaoimh
in Cork, I might not have been so sure, but demand has been incredible.”
The Euro Empire owner also downplayed rumours that a second date will be added for Thomond Park which have been circulating since Aiken Promotions announced the gigs last Wednesday. It is thought unlikely that this will happen with Springsteen already set to play three dates in Ireland next summer.
A pre-sale offer was sent out to season ticket holders this Tuesday morning by Munster Rugby.
The mail read: “Munster Rugby, through our association with Thomond Park Stadium and Aiken Promotions, is delighted to give you this opportunity to access this limited offer (subject to availability) to purchase tickets before they go on general sale for the Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert”.
A huge number of tickets have already been sold through this channel.
Thomond Park management indicated to the Limerick Leader last week that capacity will be increased for the concert, such is the level of demand to see the New Jersey rocker and his legendary E Street Band in the city.
Previous capacity for concerts in Thomond Park has stood in the region of 25,000, but the number is set per event and management are hoping to have upwards of 30,000 see The Boss’s three-hour musical extravaganza next summer.
“We have looked at our capacity – obviously we want to ensure that we sell as many tickets as possible, but we want everybody to enjoy the show in comfort. We won’t squash people in here,” said stadium boss John Cantwell.
“People have to have a great experience, but we would hope to maximise the attendance; if that is over 25,000 – fantastic. As long as everybody is in comfort, that is the main thing. We would hope to reach at least 30,000. Springsteen has the pulling power to deliver that.”