Garth Brooks has reacted to the news that he will play five concerts at Croke Park next year, saying it is "unbelievable".
It was announced on Thursday morning that Brooks would play three extra dates at the GAA stadium in 2022, following the previous two that had been confirmed.
In response to the news, an excited Brooks tweeted to his Irish fans: "Just waking up to the news!!!!
"Unbelievable!!!!! All my love to you!!!"
IRELAND!!!!!— Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) November 25, 2021
Just waking up to the news!!!!
All my love to you!!! love, g #GarthInIreland
On Thursday morning, tickets went on sale for his planned two concerts at Croke Park on September 9 and 10.
Within 40 minutes, an extra date was added, Sunday, September 11, due to phenomenal demand.
At 10am, a further two dates were announced which will take place on Friday September 16 and Saturday 17.
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Tickets went on sale immediately and demand could see all five concerts sell out.
The country star had originally been granted permission for three concerts as part of the stadium's planning permission for three music events a year.
In early November, an event licence was granted by the city council for two more dates following a planning procedure involving public consultation.
🔥 𝗚𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗧 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 - Due to demand, @garthbrooks has added an extra TWO dates at Dublin's @CrokePark on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 September 2022.— Ticketmaster Ireland (@TicketmasterIre) November 25, 2021
🎫 Fri 16 Sept >>> https://t.co/x0dJhJBTxi
🎫 Sat 17 Sept >>> https://t.co/0xQGt3EgK4 pic.twitter.com/9b1bZiVfbq
Separately, Ed Sheeran was given an event licence for two additional concerts at the GAA headquarters in April next year.
Brooks was famously denied licenses to play five shows in the venue back in 2014.
Speaking in Dublin ahead of the tickets going on sale he said he would love it to play the five but that what happened in 2014 - selling 400,000 tickets in one city - was a "miracle", and it would be impossible to do that again.
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He joked to RTÉ News: "I'd love to do five, but I'd also love to be 6'5" and have abs."
"If there is a blessing in that curse of what happened in 2014, it's the fact that there is a chance that this artist, and those people that were sweet enough to get those tickets before, now have a chance to hopefully see each other again," he added.
"It's the greatest privilege and the greatest joy an artist can have to play Ireland. It's the greatest heartache to be told you can't."
Here is some behind the scenes footage of the @garthbrooks Press Conference on Monday. What a week it has been 🤩The NO.1 Selling Solo Artist will return to Ireland next September for 5 NIGHTS @CrokePark 🎉 #GarthBrooks #GARTHinIRELAND pic.twitter.com/XFszd2CkHv— Aiken Promotions (@aikenpromotions) November 25, 2021
After tickets went on sale, fans were quick to take to Twitter to share the size of the online queue ahead of them, with one user saying there was 120,000 people in front of her when they went on sale. The capacity of the venue is 82,300.
Another shared a screenshot showing that there was 38,863 people ahead of her, and in her caption she noted that she had been in this queue since 7.30am.
Some fans who have secured tickets have been sharing messages of support to others still waiting, saying they got tickets an hour after they went on sale, so "don't give up."
Ticketmaster have tweeted: "Garth fans, It's really busy this morning, so there is a queue in place. Please be patient."
Garth fans, It's really busy this morning, so there is a queue in place. Please be patient 🙏 pic.twitter.com/gE1oT7yXWU— Ticketmaster Ireland (@TicketmasterIre) November 25, 2021