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IFA wants Beyonce, Lady Gaga or One Direction to follow daredevils and stuntmen to Windsor Park

By Steven Beacom

Published 09/02/2016

New ground: Nitro Circus is heading for the new Windsor Park
New ground: Nitro Circus is heading for the new Windsor Park
One Direction are one of the world's biggest acts who could perform there in the future
The new Windsor Park

George Best, Pat Jennings, Gerry Armstrong, David Healy and Michael O'Neill's Euro 2016 heroes have all strutted their stuff at Windsor Park through the decades.

But in a departure for the famous football stadium, a completely different type of entertainment is coming to Windsor on Friday, June 10 this year - it's called Nitro Circus and will see a host of daredevils performing incredible stunts and routines launching riders 50 feet in the air on motocross bikes, BMX bikes, trikes and even body boards.

A statement issued by the Irish FA boasted: "Fans will be given the opportunity to see the most explosive event in extreme sports and witness death-defying stunts, amazing tricks and unbelievable world firsts that have yet to be seen."

It is the first time the show has come to Northern Ireland and ironically will take place at Windsor just a few days before the country's footballers play their first game ever in the European Championships, against Poland in France on June 12.

The decision to stage the Nitro Circus at Windsor has been passed by the IFA and their Stadium Development Committee, and is a clear sign that the football authorities in Northern Ireland are intent on using the modernised stadium, much like the new Wembley, to stage non-football related activities.

IFA Chief Executive Patrick Nelson said: "We are delighted to welcome Nitro Circus to the National Football Stadium at Windsor Park.

"It will be the first large scale non-football sporting event to be staged at the redeveloped stadium and is in keeping with our plans to make it more than just a football stadium.

"We want it to be a venue for concerts and entertainment, large scale community activities and other sports events, so Nitro Circus is a great first step in that direction."

As Nelson suggests, the IFA have big plans to rent out the stadium as much as possible. It is another way, apart from football matches, to bring major revenue into the Association.

Irish FA President Jim Shaw told this newspaper two years ago that he would welcome hosting a Carl Frampton World title fight at the stadium. That is still very much on the IFA's radar in the future.

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
Beyoncé performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Beyonce is working overtime this weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she's announced a new stadium tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
Beyoncé performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
FILE - In this Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016 file photo, Beyonce performs during halftime of the NFL Super Bowl 50 football game in Santa Clara, Calif. Beyonce is working overtime this weekend: After releasing a new song Saturday and performing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, she's announced a new stadium tour. The Grammy-winning singer announced her 2016 Formation World Tour in a commercial after she performed at the halftime show with Bruno Mars and Coldplay. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum, File)
(L-R) Chris Martin, Beyonce and Bruno Mars greet performers after the halftime show during Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
(L-R) Beyonce, Chris Martin and Bruno Mars perform during Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
Beyonce performs during Super Bowl 50 between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California, on February 7, 2016. / AFP / TIMOTHY A. CLARYTIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Beyonce and Bruno Mars perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce (R) performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Matt Cowan/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson and Guy Berryman of Coldplay perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (L-R) Bruno Mars and Beyonce perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Beyonce, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***
SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07: (Center and R) Beyonce and Bruno Mars perform during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

So too are major pop concerts. The sharp minded marketing people at the IFA want to bring the biggest pop acts in the world to their stadium, be that Beyonce, Lady Gaga or One Direction when the boyband reform.

Windsor Park, complete with a new Kop Stand after it was demolished last year, will be completely refurbished by September and have an 18,000 capacity, which will be significantly more than Belfast's SSE Arena, currently where most big music acts play concerts in Northern Ireland.

The IFA will watch with interest to see how successful Nitro Circus will be in selling tickets.

Formed in America, Nitro Circus describes itself as an action sports entertainment company and is currently touring across Europe to sell-out audiences.

At the weekend the event was at the O2 Arena in London. After the Belfast gig in June, the tour will move on to Dublin and Cork.

Nitro Circus say their current live tour is a spectacular production which takes excitement and entertainment to a new level with tricks, stunts and daredevil moves in extreme sports.

In the past the event has sold out at places such as Madison Square Garden in New York and packed the Rod Laver Tennis Arena in Melbourne.

Organisers are expecting thousands to turn up at Windsor and are targeting a family audience.

Michael Porra, Nitro Circus CEO and creative director, said: "We're ready to show a whole bunch of new cities and towns what we're all about and we're performing at some awesome outdoor locations."

Tickets for the show at Windsor go on sale this Friday via  www.nitrocircus.live

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015
Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 SSE Arena staff hand out water to the waiting fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Left to right. Fans José Delhez and Shelley Kerssens from Holland pictured at the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Left to right. Fans Niamh O'Neill and Maeve Devlin pictured at the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Jessika Douglas, who traveled from Australia for last night's cancelled gig, pictured outside the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 One Direction fans queue up at the SSE Arena in Belfast ahead of tonight's concert. Left to right. Rebecca Millar, Julia Leslie, Sasha Larkin and Katie McNeilly. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Left to right. Fans Niamh O'Neill and Maeve Devlin pictured at the SSE Arena. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 SSE Arena staff hand out water to the waiting fans. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 21st October 2015 Emotional fans after they hear the announcements that the rest of the shows are going ahead. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye
One Direction cancel Belfast gig: Pictured is Corinne Davison with Lynesy Davison from Carryduff at the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast. Photo: Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
Picture - Kevin Scott Tuesday 20th October 2015 - Belfast Northern Ireland- 1direction cancelled Pictured is the scene at the SSE arena in Belfast where 1 direction have cancelled their nights concert following a sudden illness by Liam Payne Picture - Kevin Scott
1D fans outside the SSE Arena, Belfast on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the gig. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Cara Hannon, Michaela Gallagher, Hannah O'Donnell and Amy McGreevy prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Marion Monteiro, Krouza Chalaris and Mathilde Gaillot prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans from Lisburn prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Nikki Leendertsen, Chloe Zielinski, Manon Leyssen prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans Sylvana Ten Caat, Myan Whyatt and Loarena Whyatt prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 One Directions current On The Road Again world tour hits Belfast. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
SSE Energiser Jennifer Evans along with 1D fans Emma Armstrong, Lauren McClatchey and Hannah Monaghan prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energiser Lee Waring along with 1D fans Sarah Emerson and Louise Stafford prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energiser Rebecca Ferris along with 1D fans Jess Wilson and Amy Wright prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
SSE Energisers along with 1D fans prepare to electrify the SSE Arena, Belfast this afternoon ahead of tonight's concert. Picture by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye.
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 Fans pictured outside the SSE Arena in Belfast for the first of 3 concerts tonight. Picture By: Pacemaker Press
PACEMAKER BELFAST 20/10/2015 Fans Emma Kearney from Newry pictured outside the SSE Arena in Belfast for the first of 3 concerts tonight. Picture By: Pacemaker Press

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