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August 27th, 2009

Scheduling Change for 9/25 Giants Stadium Show @ 06:36 pm

carobanano:
From U2.com:

27 August 2009
The U2 concert previously scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2009 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey has been moved to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2009. The performance on Thursday, September 24th will proceed as scheduled.

The change was necessitated by the rescheduling of the New York Jets football game on Sunday September 27, 2009 from 4:15pm to 1pm out of respect for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts that evening. Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the Jewish year.

The spectacular staging installation for the U2 360° tour requires up to 2 days to disassemble. The original 4:15 PM game time scheduled by the NY Jets provided enough time for the band to load out the set. The change to 1 PM was logistically impossible for U2. In order to accommodate the New York Jets, the NFL and the state of New Jersey, which owns the stadium, and out of respect for U2 and Jets' fans of Jewish faith, U2 agreed to move their show rather than pursue other options.

'We regret any disruptions this may cause U2 fans.' said Dennis Robinson, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and Thad Sheely, Executive Vice President - Stadium Development and Finance of the New York Jets. 'Out of respect for the religious holiday it was critical that the game time was changed. The NJSEA, along with the Jets, want to thank U2, their management staff, their fans and Live Nation for their immediate response in helping us remedy this situation.'

Tickets for the Friday, September 25th performance will be honored at the newly announced show date of Wednesday, September 23rd. Refunds, if necessary, will be available starting Friday, August 28th (through September 22nd) at point of purchase for U2 ticket holders of the September 25, 2009 show who cannot make the September 23rd date.

The U2 360° Tour scheduled for Thursday, September 24th is not affected and will proceed as scheduled.


Anybody from here affected by this? (Good or bad?)
 
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From:sundust17
Date:August 27th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
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Phew, I got nervous for a second as I am all set to go to the September 24th show. Glad that one hasn't changed.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:August 28th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
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If anyone has a GA ticket for the 25th that they now can't use, I'm looking to buy one. Either email me at sonialastrega [at] gmail.com or pm me please.
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From:lightningspark
Date:August 28th, 2009 02:17 am (UTC)
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on the opposite coast now, but impressed that this is moved. way to go, boys.

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From:t4_flirt
Date:August 28th, 2009 02:21 am (UTC)
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*laughs* Leave it to the NFL to interfere with the biggest concert tour of the year. I'm not affected, but I feel for those that are. (I feel worst of all for the poor crew. Those guys are pulling off the impossible for this entire tour. Props to them.)
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From:rosephile
Date:August 28th, 2009 02:28 am (UTC)
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It sure is tempting now, heh. I suppose it's good for anyone without tickets and bad for anyone with, in general.
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From:ruffian114
Date:August 28th, 2009 02:44 am (UTC)
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And the nfl didn't realize yom kippur existed when they made the schedule... luckily i'm going to the 24th concert, but as someone flying in for the concert i would not have been amused if they changed the date on me, someone should be paying airline change fees.
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From:rosephile
Date:August 28th, 2009 03:38 am (UTC)
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UM, JEEZ, IS THERE A YOM KIPPUR EVERY YEAR OR SOMETHING?

Haha, *seriously*, NFL.
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From:thanks4thefish
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
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I don't think this is to do with the NFL, but rather particular markets. Having a substantial Jewish population, it makes sense for a New York team to accommodate Yom Kippur. It's not something that, say, the Tennessee Titans probably worry about.
From:graveflippancy
Date:August 28th, 2009 06:04 am (UTC)
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My best friend was skipping classes and flying in specifically to attend this concert and now there is no show for her to watch. I'm really really gutted about this. I've been looking forward to it for months and not being able to watch a show with my best friend ruins a lot of it for me.

I was also planning on lining up for GA all day and now it's unclear to me that I'll be able to do that in the middle of the day. This really really blows. A lot of people made (sometimes very expensive) plans and giving all of us 3 weeks notice for this change is incredibly unfair. Apparently the Jets had rescheduled their game in February. Someone seriously dropped the ball on this on the U2 side and it sucks that the people affected won't get any sort of compensation whatsoever.
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From:njdevilsfan
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:24 am (UTC)
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I just have to switch the day I took off of work, not a big deal for me since I live 10 minutes away from the stadium.
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From:nini_darko
Date:August 28th, 2009 11:44 am (UTC)
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the thing that really sucks, is that the NFL moved this game way back in February. So all the people getting screwed out of their travel plans would have had months to rearrange their trips, instead of barely having a month now.

Also, it's a 3 hour difference, you can't help but wonder if there could have been a way to save 3 hours on dissassembling that stage, or maybe starting the show a bit early.

I don't know, it's kind of sketch to me. Luckily I live in the city and can make it to both nights, but I'm not sure I can get the day off now to GA like I had planned.
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From:anarchick
Date:September 10th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
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I was going to celebrate a mate b-day on that day ( as well as his b-day) but now we are going to celebrate it next month. (we have a week between)
Since when the NFL cared about religion?
Oh well... we are the first act.

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