There are going to be about 100,000 fans, from all around Southern California, this Sunday at the U2 show at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. 100,000 people driving in from across SoCal, converging at one public place--can't imagine any problems with traffic, right?
The fine people at the Rose Bowl and Live Nation are so concerned (rightly so) about what could be a clusterfuck rivaling the size of Bono's ego that they've released a series of recommendations to help ease the crunch. Here are the basic guidelines: arrive early (before 4 p.m.); if you have to park buy in advance (the last day to do so is tomorrow at 10 a.m.); take shuttle buses/public transportation if possible; carpool as much as you can. There's even something called "Picnic in the Park" with several area restaurants partcipating, if you're worried that getting there early means you won't be able to eat before the show; they've got you covered. Thanks, dudes!
Surely lots of OC peeps are headed up north for the show--are you? Let us know in the comments. More details are here. The full text of Live Nation's press release is after the jump.
ROSE BOWL PREPARES FOR BIGGEST CONCERT IN STADIUM HISTORY--
STRONGLY URGES U2 ATTENDEES TO
PURCHASE PARKING IN ADVANCE, ARRIVE EARLY, CARPOOL
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PARK & RIDE AND PUBLIC TRANSIT
AND ENJOY "PICNIC IN THE PARK"
Parking Passes Available Now at Rose Bowl Box Office & Other Retail Locations
Last Chance to Purchase Parking Online Is Tomorrow - Tuesday, October 20--at 10 AM
Metro Announces Extended Hours for Metro Rail Line Service Day-of-Show
(Los Angeles - October 19, 2009) The Rose Bowl is preparing to host the biggest concert in stadium history on Sunday, October 25th when U2 comes to Southern California. Nearly 100,000 fans are expected to converge onto the Rose Bowl.
Stadium and police officials are treating this event similarly to other great events in the venue's history, including Rose Bowl Games, Super Bowls, World Cups & Olympics. Therefore, it is imperative that fans take note of the following:
Heavy traffic, congested streets and limited parking are anticipated around the stadium for this event. The Rose Bowl and Pasadena Police Department encourage fans to arrive at the venue prior to 4 p.m. to help avoid traffic delays. Attendees who come out early can also enjoy the comfortable setting of the Rose Bowl grounds, either by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy with friends or by participating in "Picnic in the Park" festivities. Admission to "Picnic in the Park" is free. For more information, go to: http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/Rosebowl_picnic-in-the-park.htm.
Parking will sell out at the stadium and if fans want to guarantee on-site parking, they must purchase it in advance. Parking passes are available online now at HYPERLINK "http://www.rosebowlstadium.com"www.rosebowlstadium.com. The deadline to purchase parking online is tomorrow - Tuesday, October 20th-- at 10 AM. Starting today, passes are also available for purchase at the Rose Bowl, UCLA, Cal State Northridge and Anaheim Convention Center Box offices (event attendees should contact each location directly for their box office business hours).
We also strongly recommend that fans take advantage of shuttle buses originating from nearby Old Pasadena (at Parsons Engineering, 100 W. Walnut Ave, Pasadena) or Pasadena City College (1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena). On-site parking at the venue is extremely limited and all spots will be used. These Park & Ride shuttle lots are a very convenient alternative. The buses will run on private roads directly in and out of the venue, minimizing the time spent getting to the show. Lots open and buses start running at 12 noon. They will operate throughout the show and then following the event as well. Shuttle bus tickets are $5 ea.
Carpooling is crucial as well. The small difference between four versus three people riding per car results in 8,000 fewer vehicles on the road, greatly streamlining traffic and parking. Plus, carpooling offers attendees a lower-cost option. U2 fans interested in ride sharing are encouraged to use a carpool site such as PickupPal.com which is free to join and to use. On this website members can post routes as passengers and/or drivers. For complete details, visit: http://u2.pickuppal.com
Public transportation is a great alternative for getting to the show. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced that the Metro Rail Gold Line, Red Line, Blue Line and Green Line will have extended evening hours. Fans wishing to use Metro Rail should take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station (on the corner of Holly and Raymond-- two blocks from the Parsons Engineering shuttle lot).
Metro Rail trains will run according to Sunday schedules throughout the day, into the evening and following the concert. Following the concert, trains will run a minimum of every 20 minutes, or as often as needed to accommodate passenger loads.
Last trains will depart:
Metro Gold Line
North to Sierra Madre Villa will leave Memorial Park at 1:15 a.m.
South to Union Station will leave Memorial Park at 1:27 a.m. (Arrives Union Station 1:49 a.m. - Red Line transfer.)
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Metro Red Line
West to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:57 a.m. (Arrives 7th St./Metro Center 2:02 a.m. - Blue Line transfer.) (Arrives 2:06 a.m. Wilshire/Vermont - Wilshire Blvd. Line 20 corridor bus transfer.)
Metro Blue Line
South to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Center at 2:05 a.m. (Arrives Imperial/Wilmington at 2:30 a.m. - Green Line transfer.)
Metro Green Line
East to Norwalk will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:37 a.m.
West to Redondo Beach will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:41 a.m.
All multiple line passengers should purchase a $5 day pass at their originating station. This will eliminate the need to purchase additional fares at each transfer point throughout the evening and early morning. For more details on getting to the concert via Metro go to the Trip Planner at HYPERLINK "http://www.metro.net" www.metro.net or call (800) COMMUTE.