- Address: Jones’ Road, Dublin
- Country: Ireland
- Capacity: 82,000
- Opened: 1884
- Main use: Gaelic football, hurling
- Tenants: Dublin GAA (Gaelic football)
Extra stadium info – Croke Park
The construction of the venue, which is nicknamed Croker, started in 1880. It became the largest stadium by capacity in Ireland. The stadium is named in honour of Archbishop Thomas Croke. It hosted American football matches, concerts, football matches, Gaelic football matches, hurling matches and rugby union matches with attendances above 50,000. During the Irish War of Independence in 1920, the stadium was the scene of a massacre by the Royal Irish Constabulary. The day became known as Bloody Sunday. The stadium’s record attendance was set in 1961, when 90,000 spectators showed up for a Gaelic football game. In 1985, the venue hosted its first rock concert of U2, the first Irish band with 10 million followers on its main social media page.
The national football team of Ireland
The stadium hosted its first football match in 2007, when the national football team of Ireland defeated Wales 1-0 in front of 72,000 fans. In 1990, the national football team of Ireland played their first-ever FIFA World Cup game. The match between England and Ireland ended in a 1-1 draw. 35,000 spectators showed up for the game in the Italian Republic, commonly known as Italy. The national football team of Ireland also faced Egypt and the Netherlands in the group stage of the world championship. They reached the quarter-finals of the prestigious FIFA World Cup in their first-ever FIFA World Cup participation after beating Romania. Ireland defeated Romania after a penalty shoot-out.