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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #30 on: May 18, 2017, 10:35:29 PM »
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Used to be that you could get there about an hour before doors opened & be in the first 20-30. But I've heard that people are lining up a bit longer now. Not stupid times like GA, but if you want a good rail spot you may have to be there a bit earlier. Don't quote me on it though. Plus it's dependent on the city, day of the week, the weather, whether your show has crazy line nazis doing RZ etc, etc.

I'll be doing both nights at the Rose Bowl, so I'd imagine the nazis are going to be out. How much is a 'bit earlier' from what you've heard?
Well someone on the Zoo forums said Vancouver had around 15-20 people in the RZ line by 9am. First show of the tour, so maybe it won't be that bad. But if you really want to be "first" for some reason, then you may be lining up for a pretty long time. But I'd hope you'd get a good rail spot by joining the line in the early afternoon.

Where are you planning on standing? Looks good up near the b-stage, though I wouldn't go all the way up to the end of RZ at the b-stage, as there's a boom camera that may impact your views at times. I'd probably aim for the junction of the catwalk & b-stage if I got the chance. Though the band will be facing away from you for much of their time on the b-stage.
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As for GA, in '09 Rosebowl security said no camping, come back at 7am on show day. So that's what we did. Only to find they'd let other people camp & start a line. If that wasn't bad enough, instead of proper metal barricades they used tape to separate parts of the line. Resulting in a stampede that could have killed people.

Hope they've learnt from the experience. Maybe that's why they're appearing to be even stricter this time around.

The difference this time is they're prohibiting any lines at the surrounding area. The man I spoke to on the phone was well aware of stuff as he said they've been bombarded with phone calls and messages. They don't want any one interfering with their policies and that's why they're releasing rules on such short notice. Otherwise they'd have enough people try to camp out all week and would have to constantly tell them to leave

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #31 on: May 18, 2017, 11:48:26 PM »
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Used to be that you could get there about an hour before doors opened & be in the first 20-30. But I've heard that people are lining up a bit longer now. Not stupid times like GA, but if you want a good rail spot you may have to be there a bit earlier. Don't quote me on it though. Plus it's dependent on the city, day of the week, the weather, whether your show has crazy line nazis doing RZ etc, etc.

I'll be doing both nights at the Rose Bowl, so I'd imagine the nazis are going to be out. How much is a 'bit earlier' from what you've heard?
Well someone on the Zoo forums said Vancouver had around 15-20 people in the RZ line by 9am. First show of the tour, so maybe it won't be that bad. But if you really want to be "first" for some reason, then you may be lining up for a pretty long time. But I'd hope you'd get a good rail spot by joining the line in the early afternoon.

Where are you planning on standing? Looks good up near the b-stage, though I wouldn't go all the way up to the end of RZ at the b-stage, as there's a boom camera that may impact your views at times. I'd probably aim for the junction of the catwalk & b-stage if I got the chance. Though the band will be facing away from you for much of their time on the b-stage.
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As for GA, in '09 Rosebowl security said no camping, come back at 7am on show day. So that's what we did. Only to find they'd let other people camp & start a line. If that wasn't bad enough, instead of proper metal barricades they used tape to separate parts of the line. Resulting in a stampede that could have killed people.

Hope they've learnt from the experience. Maybe that's why they're appearing to be even stricter this time around.

Ideally I'd like to be right up on the rail within near the main stage. Might have to queue for a while, huh?

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #32 on: May 19, 2017, 09:11:32 AM »
According to the Rose Bowl Stadium website FAQs for the weekend shows..."What time can I begin lining up for GA Floor Seating? If you are a GA Floor ticket holder, you will receive an email on Friday, May 19th with specific details. For further information, please visit our Rose Bowl Stadium website, post the May 19th email blast."

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #33 on: May 19, 2017, 10:02:14 AM »
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Used to be that you could get there about an hour before doors opened & be in the first 20-30. But I've heard that people are lining up a bit longer now. Not stupid times like GA, but if you want a good rail spot you may have to be there a bit earlier. Don't quote me on it though. Plus it's dependent on the city, day of the week, the weather, whether your show has crazy line nazis doing RZ etc, etc.

I'll be doing both nights at the Rose Bowl, so I'd imagine the nazis are going to be out. How much is a 'bit earlier' from what you've heard?
Well someone on the Zoo forums said Vancouver had around 15-20 people in the RZ line by 9am. First show of the tour, so maybe it won't be that bad. But if you really want to be "first" for some reason, then you may be lining up for a pretty long time. But I'd hope you'd get a good rail spot by joining the line in the early afternoon.

Where are you planning on standing? Looks good up near the b-stage, though I wouldn't go all the way up to the end of RZ at the b-stage, as there's a boom camera that may impact your views at times. I'd probably aim for the junction of the catwalk & b-stage if I got the chance. Though the band will be facing away from you for much of their time on the b-stage.
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As for GA, in '09 Rosebowl security said no camping, come back at 7am on show day. So that's what we did. Only to find they'd let other people camp & start a line. If that wasn't bad enough, instead of proper metal barricades they used tape to separate parts of the line. Resulting in a stampede that could have killed people.

Hope they've learnt from the experience. Maybe that's why they're appearing to be even stricter this time around.

Was that picture your view? What time did you start lining up?

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #34 on: May 19, 2017, 10:19:37 AM »
Things could get interesting in Boston. People don't take a lot of BS.  I for one only care about what venue says. 
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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #35 on: May 19, 2017, 10:37:48 AM »
Ive been to two shows. Both GA. Observations:

1) You absolutely do not need to be there/start lining up until at least 3PM, maybe 4PM, because.....
2) The BEST place to stand is just to the right, and slightly behind the B Stage.
3) It gives you the perfect spot. EXTREMELY close to b-stage songs, a FACNTASTIC view of the screen (as you are dead center with the main stage) and a close enough view of the main stage to thoroughly enjoy the songs played there.
4) All the confusion over GA entry was caused by incompetent event staff. Blaming U2, Ticketmaster, Live Nation, whatever, is just ridiculous. Both shows I attended (Vancouver and Seattle) the event staff did not know what they were doing organizing a crowd that size. Weird, where they work, but true.
5) I did not need ID at either show, just the CC I used to purchase each ticket.

People who 'organize' the line by writing numbers on hands and things, people who show up days in advance - are NOT gaining any real advantage. They 'just think' they are part of the 'U2 crew' and 'in the knows' and feel they are 'bigger fans' than others by doing it. Oh, and they are also rude. Just show up when you are ready, enjoy the atmosphere and fun of meeting new people, and don't worry!
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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #36 on: May 19, 2017, 11:37:35 AM »
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Rosebowl said the same in 2009 for 360. In reality, there was a car park meetup the day before which involved wristbands (all run by self appointed organisers). About 7am the next morning people started returning, and sat around the golf club side. A bit of angst around which line was the line...

But then it was such a cluster from about 4pm anyway that people with numbers under 50 on their hands were next to those numbered 400+

Ah, the Great Rose Bowl Stampede of 2009. We were there too...EZ-ups, portable BBQ's, all flying through the air in a sea of running humans. Surreal to say the least.

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #37 on: May 19, 2017, 12:10:08 PM »
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Rosebowl said the same in 2009 for 360. In reality, there was a car park meetup the day before which involved wristbands (all run by self appointed organisers). About 7am the next morning people started returning, and sat around the golf club side. A bit of angst around which line was the line...

But then it was such a cluster from about 4pm anyway that people with numbers under 50 on their hands were next to those numbered 400+

Ah, the Great Rose Bowl Stampede of 2009. We were there too...EZ-ups, portable BBQ's, all flying through the air in a sea of running humans. Surreal to say the least.

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #38 on: May 19, 2017, 02:59:17 PM »
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Used to be that you could get there about an hour before doors opened & be in the first 20-30. But I've heard that people are lining up a bit longer now. Not stupid times like GA, but if you want a good rail spot you may have to be there a bit earlier. Don't quote me on it though. Plus it's dependent on the city, day of the week, the weather, whether your show has crazy line nazis doing RZ etc, etc.

I'll be doing both nights at the Rose Bowl, so I'd imagine the nazis are going to be out. How much is a 'bit earlier' from what you've heard?
Well someone on the Zoo forums said Vancouver had around 15-20 people in the RZ line by 9am. First show of the tour, so maybe it won't be that bad. But if you really want to be "first" for some reason, then you may be lining up for a pretty long time. But I'd hope you'd get a good rail spot by joining the line in the early afternoon.

Where are you planning on standing? Looks good up near the b-stage, though I wouldn't go all the way up to the end of RZ at the b-stage, as there's a boom camera that may impact your views at times. I'd probably aim for the junction of the catwalk & b-stage if I got the chance. Though the band will be facing away from you for much of their time on the b-stage.
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As for GA, in '09 Rosebowl security said no camping, come back at 7am on show day. So that's what we did. Only to find they'd let other people camp & start a line. If that wasn't bad enough, instead of proper metal barricades they used tape to separate parts of the line. Resulting in a stampede that could have killed people.

Hope they've learnt from the experience. Maybe that's why they're appearing to be even stricter this time around.

Was that picture your view? What time did you start lining up?
Nah, just a pic I've seen on the forums.

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #39 on: May 20, 2017, 09:44:09 AM »
So how did it work this morning at Rosebowl stadium? The venue did not allow GA line up until 8:00 AM.  Was it a stampede to the gate?

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #40 on: May 20, 2017, 11:31:48 AM »
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So how did it work this morning at Rosebowl stadium? The venue did not allow GA line up until 8:00 AM.  Was it a stampede to the gate?

I'm at the show tomorrow, so I'm wondering the same thing! I saw someone commented on U2's Facebook video that they're ticked about a "secret line" that was made Thursday, because when they showed up to line up at 7:30 this morning they were number 504 in line, which I'm assuming is the crazy queing thing going on.

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #41 on: May 20, 2017, 11:35:57 AM »
And again I ask...how can you number people before even arriving at the venue?  What if someone with no knowledge of this got to the gate first at 8:00AM?

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #42 on: May 20, 2017, 11:38:23 AM »
By the way, the closer you are to the main stage the less you see of the whole production. It is also super cramped up there. We were near the B-Stage which was great.

If you don't want to wait you can waltz in before show time and be at the back of the floor and have a great view of the stage, less crowded and more chill.

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #43 on: May 20, 2017, 11:53:44 AM »
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And again I ask...how can you number people before even arriving at the venue?  What if someone with no knowledge of this got to the gate first at 8:00AM?

The line list leaders want it so you don't know about any of this. They'll scream about how they are providing a great service to the fans, but will do all they can to keep the list secret from the general public and rig the system to ensure they and their friends are always at the front. Word from a post I saw on Twitter is that they convinced Rose Bowl security to give them the first set of numbered wristbands this morning for the people of their list. They then told the list people to meet them at some Starbucks nearby and they would be giving their wristband there. They could then proceed over to Rose Bowl, if they wanted, to start lining up.

I know they have some supporters on here that a few tours ago drank they line nazi kool-aid and continue to defend the line list process, but it is NOT a fair system at all.

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Re: Understanding the GA line
« Reply #44 on: May 20, 2017, 11:59:48 AM »
 And it baffles me that the venue would cooperate with this.