i visited croke park stadium last saturday with friends from kilkenny, & although i'm a dubliner, i'm very ashamed to admit i have never been in croke park stadium, or croker, as it's referred to by dubliners, prior to this visit.
we booked a guided tour, & our tour guide was orlaith, who was excellent at her job, she answered all of our questions, explained everything very clearly, & made our experience very pleasurable!
we started off by watching a film, about croke park, excerpts from several hurling & football games that were played in croke park over the years, this movie was very informative & enjoyable.
next we were taken on our tour of the stadium, which took us along the area where the buses with players arrive for each game, we were brought out in to the stadium, which is steeped in irish history, & up on to the stands, which holds up to 82,000 fans.
orlaith told us all about the stadiums vast history, how the stand names came about & other interesting facts regarding the stadium.
we were taken in to see the players lounge, where after games, the two teams go to enjoy a meal & drinks for a couple of hours to relax before leaving the stadium. no media or the public are ever permitted in to this lounge after a game, & players can bring only one guest be it a partner, or family member.
in this lounge there is a gigantic waterford crystal chandelier that comprises of 34 footballs, & slitters, representing ireland's 32 counties, also london & new york, this is very impressive & took two years to make.
we were then taken in to the changing rooms, where 34 jerseys representing the 32 counties, london & new york are all displayed along the walls, then we were shown the shower area, given a lot of facts about this, but i won't spoil the fun for those who wish to make their own tour of the stadium & grounds.
for those who are thrill seekers or adrenalin junkies, you can do the Skyline walk, which i believe is fantastic, but heights are not for me.
there are a couple of different tours, comprising of the museum, skyline tour, tour of the stadium, plus lunch.
we did the tour of the stadium grounds, & museum, which a family pass costs €35, & worth every cent.
there is a lovely gift shop where sweatshirts, t-shirts, & other items can be purchased, & i was very impressed by the reasonable prices, as most venues like museums or places of interest usually charge high prices for gifts & souvenirs!
we had one of the most enjoyable days out in croke park stadium, & i would highly recommend it for everyone.
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