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U2 360 TOUR AND THE UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
The University of Minnesota is thrilled to welcome the U2 360 Tour to TCF Bank Stadium on Saturday, July 23. More than 60,000 fans are expected for the first major concert in TCF Bank Stadium for a show that Rolling Stone described as “…in every way, a huge success and proof that rock & roll can work in venues designed for … screaming football fans.”
For many of the 60,000 fans, the concert will be their first trip to TCF Bank Stadium. For others, it will be their first time on campus since the start of construction on the Central Corridor Light Rail Transit Line. To ensure a safe and enjoyable time, please keep the following in mind:
ROAD CONSTRUCTION ALERT
FAN INFORMATION HOTLINE
A recording of updated information for the concert is available by calling the Gopher Fan Information Hotline at 612-626-4110. To talk to a box office representative please call 612-624-8080.
TCF BANK STADIUM EMERGENCY WEATHER SYSTEM?
University of Minnesota officials and Live Nation will utilize three nearby buildings for protective cover as necessary for patrons attending Saturday’s U2 360 Tour concert at TCF Bank Stadium.
In the event of severe weather, Mariucci Arena, Williams Arena and the McNamara Alumni Center will be made available as temporary shelter options.
Representatives of Live Nation have indicated that U2 will play through rain. However, lightning would cause a delay in the concert.
Should lightning cause a delay, patrons will be asked to clear the field and stadium bowl and seek shelter on the concourse levels of the stadium. Mariucci Arena, Williams Arena and the McNamara Alumni Center will also be available as needed.
Fans coming to TCF Bank Stadium should also be aware that umbrellas are not permitted inside the facility and instead are encouraged to bring rain gear and ponchos for protection from the elements.
WHY ISN'T TAILGATING ALLOWED?
The University made the difficult decision to restrict tailgating at the U2 concert after a careful evaluation. We want this event to be successful and hope that success will lead to more opportunities in the future to bring people to campus for events at TCF Bank Stadium. To help ensure success, we decided not to allow tailgating at this event for three primary reasons. First, more than 60,000 people (our largest crowd ever) are expected on campus for the concert and parking spots will be at a premium. Tailgating takes up space that could otherwise be used for parking. Second, we want to respect the concerns of our residential neighbors and pave the way for future events. Finally, we need to ensure law enforcement personnel are focused on high traffic areas and crowd and traffic control, rather than patrolling parking facilities. We know many people will be disappointed that they are unable to tailgate but we would encourage fans to visit the many bars and restaurants within easy walking distance of TCF Bank Stadium in Dinkytown and Stadium Village. Thank you for your cooperation.
WHY ISN'T ALCOHOL BEING SOLD DURING THE CONCERT?We realize some people are disappointed that they will not be able to purchase an alcoholic beverage at the concert. However, our first priority in all of our planning and decision-making has been to assure that this very first concert at TCF Bank Stadium is a huge success. Selling liquor adds a layer of complexity to our operations and a much greater risk. For that reason, we made the difficult decision 18 months ago, when we first negotiated the contract, to not sell alcohol. This decision is consistent with our approach for other large public events at the stadium, including the Minnesota Vikings game last year. We hope that the success of this concert will lead to more opportunities in the future to bring people to campus for events at TCF Bank Stadium. We invite fans to visit the restaurants and bars in the Stadium Village and Dinkytown areas near the stadium..
POST CONCERT TRAFFIC
In addition to the U2 Concert, the Minneapolis Aquatennial fireworks show is also scheduled for Saturday, July 23 in downtown Minneapolis. Between the fireworks and the concert, more than 100,000 people will be in the downtown/campus area and it’s likely both events will end at close to the same time. Please plan to be patient as you leave the concert.
TCF Bank Stadium
Saturday, July 23, 2011