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June 12th, 2011

Seeking any information about GA procedures in Chicago @ 07:58 pm

julylorelei:
Hello all!

I have GA seats for the July 5th show in Chicago, and I was wondering if anyone who has been to shows at Soldier Field in the past has any information to share about the logistical things of the show. I have never had GA seats before, but I know there is usually a procedure in place (which varies by the venue) as to how soon people can line up, how they are let into the stadium, and so forth. There isn't any info about it at all on the website for the venue. Also curious as to how many of you might be attending that show, too. :)

Thanks!
 
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From:fadedgalaxia
Date:June 13th, 2011 02:23 am (UTC)
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I'm going! I'm really far up in the stands, though.
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From:chelsea_doll
Date:June 13th, 2011 02:52 am (UTC)
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I went to the 1st night at Soldier Field in 2009. Line-up starts early in the morning (or night before). There's a tunnel thing, and that's where the beginning of the line was. Usually someone will have a marker that you can put your line number on your hand. There will be wrist bands. Hopefully they will hand them out before hand and not like they did last time, it was a bit of a mess. Usually they tell people to take stuff back to their cars around 3:30, doors are usually at 5pm. It's first come, first serve so to speak so you have to run to get to your spot. Inner circle entrance was on the left of the stage, if my memory serves me right.
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:June 13th, 2011 03:11 am (UTC)
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Last leg Chicago venue staff had no clue what they were doing. People were officially let to line up at... 5a? I think. But a line started quite a bit before that... just walk around the stadium and see if you can find anyone, or else come at 5 and people will be around then. Other venues this leg have had the line start super early though, so it might be worth taking a gander early.
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From:julylorelei
Date:June 13th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
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I've heard so many conflicting hours/times o.O We're going to be in town by Saturday or Sunday already, just to be sure we're there far enough ahead of time on event day. While I'm planning to call the stadium sometime this week about it, we'll probably call (or show up) there that weekend again, as well, just to be sure. Thanks :)
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From:roads_outgrown
Date:June 13th, 2011 03:23 am (UTC)
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Yeah, that's because there's... the time venues say no one can line up before, the time the GA line actually starts reforming (generally somewhere juuuust off site), the time the GA line starts... it's ridiculous. Keep an eye on twitter though. Someone usually posts there. I hate how early they've been starting the lines this leg. It's really, really silly. We'll probably be wandering over Monday to check it out. Not too worried about it starting before then because of the Nashville show on the Saturday.
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From:needleandspoon
Date:June 15th, 2011 12:24 pm (UTC)
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It varies by stadium and popularity of show and really no one knows how early is early enough until the day of the show. In Mexico the line started several days before the show, in other cities 7am could get you front pit rail.

My tips would be to check the atu2.com forums and u2.com to see if anyone is posting about the GA line. Keep in contact with any fans you know are going. You can also drop by the stadium the night before and see how things are developing.

If being right up front of the pit is important to you, getting there at 5am wouldn't be out of order, but there are no guarantees. I was at the Chicago shows in 2009 like a lot of those folks and had a really low number in line but still ended up going for an outside rail spot due to security being fuckheads.

Be cool, be careful and have an awesome time.
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From:rosephile
Date:June 13th, 2011 06:47 pm (UTC)
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I'll be there! Chicago's too far-off to even think about yet though, haha. Don't bother talking to the stadium about times--if you want to be among the first people, do what roads_outgrown suggested and go around the stadium looking for a line the day/night before. If you can't find anyone, you'll be sure to if you try at 5-6am the day of the show. If you want to get actual sleep, just come around 10-noon and you won't get rail, but you'll get a good spot a couple people from it. If you want a lot of sleep but still hope for a couple-few peeps from rail, come by 3. /generalizations of times
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From:maro_chik
Date:June 15th, 2011 03:56 am (UTC)
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Check out this website:
http://onlineonthehorizon.blogspot.com/2009/05/joes-guide-to-u2-queue.html
Lots of tips and tricks for lining up and making it through the day. :)

I used it for my first show (also GA) and managed to make it nearly to front row center. In Winnipeg, I got there around 9am and was #171 in line.
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From:julylorelei
Date:June 15th, 2011 04:35 am (UTC)
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That's awesome stuff! Thanks :)

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