Croke Park & GAA Museum
The stadium is one of the largest in Europe, with a capacity of 82,300 and can accommodate all types of events - from field sports to concerts, meetings to tradeshows and bespoke banqueting.
Croke Park has UEFA and FIFA approved certification and has hosted numerous high-profile international sporting, cultural and music events outside of Gaelic games.
The Croke Park campus features the Croke Park Meetings & Events Centre, the GAA Museum, Stadium Tour and Ericsson Skyline Tour.
As a prime visitor attraction, it is an important part of destination Dublin which offers a huge variety of activities including historical tours, theatre and sight-seeing, as well as some of the most exciting restaurants, bars, cafes and nightlife in Europe.
Dublin is famous for its Céad Mile Fáilte (a hundred thousand welcomes) - the same warm Irish welcome and world renowned hospitality awaits all visitors to Croke Park.
Stadium History & Development
Today Croke Park is home to, and headquarters of, the GAA. Prior to the Association's purchase of the stadium in 1913, the grounds were in private ownership.
By a deed dated 10th December 1829 ‘an orchard, dwelling-house, yard and garden together with the fields adjoining’, amounting to a little over 12 acres was leased to a Mr. John Bradley. By another deed dated 16th April 1864 another plot of land containing over 21 acres was leased to Mr. Maurice Butterley.
The two plots of ground in these two leases were adjoining and over time came into the ownership of the GAA. In 1894, a newly formed company, the City and Suburban Racecourse and Amusements Grounds Ltd, purchased over 14 acres from Butterley. The new owners leased the grounds for a variety of sports meetings and whippet racing as well as for Gaelic games.
A trip to Croke Park simply wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the treasured GAA Museum. Get ready to immerse yourself in the spine-tingling and completely unique story of Gaelic games from ancient times to the present day.
This museum is like no other sporting museum you’ll ever visit. It not only celebrates the history of Ireland’s national games, it also vividly brings to life how the GAA has contributed to our cultural, social and sporting heritage.
Featured exhibitions include the original Sam Maguire and Liam MacCarthy Cups, the rousing Hall of Fame, and a whole floor dedicated to the games as they are today. When you’re done exploring, get a taste of the action in the popular Interactive Games Zone, where you can test your hurling and Gaelic football skills!