THOMOND Park management are already fielding enquiries for tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s concert in the €40m stadium next July 16, 2013.
Tickets for the show – exclusively revealed by the Limerick Leader more than two weeks ago - priced at €90 and €100, do not go on sale until next Thursday, December 6 at 9am from Ticketmaster outlets, including Euro Empire on O’Connell Street, but the concert is expected to sell out quickly.
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 people bear witness to The Boss’s three-hour musical extravaganza.
“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.”
Speculation had been rife in recent weeks that concert promoters Aiken were set secure Springsteen’s services for another series of shows in Ireland, including Limerick, but the gigs - he will also play shows in Cork and Belfast - were only officially announced this Wednesday lunchtime.
In fact, the Leader understands that the deal to bring The Boss back to Ireland was only completed late on Tuesday night, with Thanksgiving in America holding up the contract’s completion.
It was known that meetings had taken place in recent weeks regarding the gig, with officials going as far as to measure the pitch for the specifications of Springsteen’s massive show at the Munster rugby HQ.
Securing the gig is a major affirmation for the venue, with a massive knock-on economic effect for the region, and Mr Cantwell could not hide his glee at news of the show’s confirmation.
“We are delighted, we were always after The Boss. It is a great show and it will be phenomenal,” he said.
“This is very positive. Internationally it is great for Limerick that he has agreed to play here. That is what the place is for. It is hard to pull them out of Dublin and Peter Aiken has delivered on that - he said he would do it and he did.
“It endorses the venue, the hotels, bars and restaurants will be packed, it is a big one to put us on the map again, some said the music had died in Thomond Park, but we were just taking a break!”