The biggest rock band in the world is in Joburg, and 98 000 people are expected to watch them perform live. With parking at a premium, buses and trains will help get people to the stadium.
MORE than 98 000 people will be rocking to Irish supergroup U2 at FNB Stadium on Sunday – and organisers are appealing to fans to buy parking tickets and get their transport plans made early to avoid a last-minute rush.
The concert is on 13 February. Organisers say there are less than 2 000 parking tickets. However, there will be park and rides, trains from Pretoria and the East and West rands, as well as a drop off zone.Jacques Grobbelaar, the chief executive officer of Stadium Management South Africa, which runs the stadium, says parking will only be allocated to people who have bought parking bay tickets. Gates to the event will open at 4am and the actual event will be start at 11am. The band will play in the evening.
Johannesburg metro police will patrol to ensure safety. Food and drink will be on sale at 38 concession points, by the stadium‘s 25 concessionaires.
Grobbelaar says it is an event that people cannot afford to miss. “Fans are in for an incredible experience attending this concert on Sunday.” The tour‘s signature stage has been under construction the whole week in the stadium and it is “without a doubt going to provide fans with the most memorable experience”.
Park and ride
There’s loads of ways of getting there. First up, there will be park and ride facilities from Constitution Hill, Emperors Palace, Gold Reef City and Coca-Cola Dome to the stadium. To get park and ride tickets, take your Computicket concert ticket to the entrance for access to the parking area.
Buses will leave from 1pm, and the final buses will leave from the park and rides at 6.30pm. According to the Computicket website, no-one will wait more than seven minutes for a bus.
Buses will leave the stadium for the parking lots from 11.30pm.
There will also be a drop-off zone at the BRT Station – FNB Stadium.
And trains will be laid on, offering return trips, so concertgoers need to keep their tickets to get home afterwards. Computicket says there will be with trains from Pretoria Station, stopping at Centurion, Rhodesfield, Germiston, Johannesburg.
They will start leaving at 2.25pm and the Last train will depart Pretoria at 4.10pm. For more information, visit the Prasa website.
A single train will leave Springs at 2.30pm, and travel via Benoni, Germiston and Johannesburg to reach Nasrec at 4.15pm. There will also be a single train from Randfontein for a return trip. It will depart Randfontein at 3.15pm and travel via Krugersdorp, Roodepoort and Florida, reaching Nasrec at 4.28pm.
Customers must be at the station 30 minutes before departure.
Despite the recent cable theft at the stadium that put paid to the Absa premiership encounter between Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows, Grobbelaar has given an assurance that the venue is ready for the concert. Stadium management has been working around the clock together with City Power to ensure this.
He adds that the power spikes originally experienced are under control, and that management will be working towards a solution to prevent cable theft. One measure will be regular patrols by metro police.
Kaizer Chiefs and Moroka Swallows were meant to have met on 5 February. The game had to be postponed.
Parking tickets for the U2 concert are R50 for light vehicles and R220 for heavy motor vehicles, There are also hospitality tickets from R1 950, available at Computicket.
The Irish rock group formed in Dublin in 1976 at the Mount Temple Comprehensive School. Its four members are Paul David Hewson “Bono” (vocals and guitar), David Howell Evans “Edge” (guitar, keyboards and vocals), Adam Charles Clayton (bass guitar) and Lawrence Mullen (the drummer).
From their debut album, Boy, to their latest release, the band has notched up an impressive 22 Grammy awards, more than any group has ever won. It is anticipated that the band‘s Johannesburg date will set a new attendance record.