Special Events in Croke Park
As the home of Gaelic Games, Croke Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of fans to the stadium each year to witness the heroic battles on the pitch and enjoy the unique atmosphere around these pivotal games in the GAA calendar.
We’ve also provided the venue for other historic occasions in the world of international sport and are proud to count the opening and closing ceremonies for the 2003 Special Olympics amongst those.
During the redevelopment of the old Lansdowne Road into the Aviva Stadium to the south of the Liffey, we provided a temporary home for our colleagues in the IRFU and FAI, hosting a number of international matches in Rugby and Soccer during that period.
Indeed, in decades past – the great Mohammad Ali took to the ring against Al Lewis on this hallowed turf and in more recent times, we’ve welcomed travelling fans to a number of American College Football fixtures hosted here - the most recent encounter, under the Croke Park Classic banner, taking place between University of Central Florida and Penn State in 2014.
Outside the realms of sport, Croke Park also hosted the Festival of Familes with Pope Francis during his visit to Ireland. We also welcomed visiting dignitaries and leaders from around the world - most significantly in a historical context, Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain.