The Big Interview

‘We’re going to get criticism ... it sharpens our game’ – Peter McKenna, Croke Park stadium director

Having worked at Croke Park for more than 20 years, the stadium director stresses the importance of taking risks as being a key factor in the venue’s ongoing modernisation and success

Peter McKenna, stadium director, Croke Park, with the stage for country superstar Garth Brooks’s five concerts taking shape behind him: ‘This is a unique stage for Croke Park.’ Picture: Fergal Phillips

In brief:

Name and role: Peter McKenna, stadium director at Croke Park

Lives: Rathfarnham, Dublin

Age: 59

Family: married to Ann, kids Laura and David

My working day: Alexa calls at 6.30am, read papers, office 8am to 6pm

My perfect weekend: “Dunmore East with Ann.”

Early bird or night owl: “Early bird.”

Twitter, LinkedIn or Instagram: “Twitter lite.”

In depth:

It was Dan Rooney who convinced the GAA that Croke Park could be reimagined as ...