Garth Brooks tickets sell out in 90 minutes

People camping outside Ticketmaster in Belfast to get tickets for the Garth Brooks concert
People camping outside Ticketmaster in Belfast to get tickets for the Garth Brooks concert

Around 250,000 tickets for country singing sensation Garth Brooks have sold out in two hours.

Tickets started being snapped up around the Province and the Republic of Ireland at 9am for the American country star’s gigs in Croke Park on July 25 and July 26.

Then, a short time later, tickets for a third date on July 27 also sold out.

However, within one hour of official ticket sales closing, single tickets were available on Ebay with bids of £225.

The last time Brooks played at Croke Park was 1997.

It has been estimated that around 10,000 fans queued outside Ticketmaster outlets for tickets across Ireland – as early as last weekend.

Queues were reported outside premises in Dungannon, Belfast, Dublin and Londonderry.

Many other fans went online to buy tickets.

A spokesman for Ticketmaster said there was no problem with the website, adding: “Thousands of people are queuing online. The demand is much higher than normal.”

Aiken Promotions, who are handling the concert, yesterday tweeted: ‘The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event - SOLD OUT! 240,000 tickets sell out in 90 minutes. See you in July’.

Speaking about the huge tickets sales, Bob Doyle, Garth Brooks manager said: “We’re thrilled. (Promoters) Peter Aiken, his team and Ticketmaster have done an amazing job.”

Peter Aiken added: “In 52 years of business this is the fastest selling concert Aiken Promotions has ever been involved in.”

An Aiken spokesman added: “In excess of 10,000 people queued around the country at Ticketmaster outlets and the entire 240,000 tickets sold out in 90 minutes.

“This is the first time that an artist has sold out three dates at Croke Park in one day.”

The cost of a ticket to the Brooks concert was 65.45 Euros, and were limited to six-per-person.

On January 20, at a press conference in Croke Park, Brooks had announced in person his intention to return.

The shows, which come before his worldwide tour, which is due to start later this year, are called The Garth Brooks Comeback Special Event.

Speaking then of the announcement, he said: “Before we go back on tour in the Fall of 2014 I want to challenge myself, the band, and crew.

“In ‘97, we were lucky enough to play Croke Park, the stadium was under construction. 130,000+ of some of the greatest fans in the world.

“I was quoted then as saying ‘When this stadium is finished, I would love to come back and try to fill it again ... this time to the brink.’ ... and we’re back to do just that.”