Joe’s Guide to the U2 General Admission

This U2 General Admission (GA) Guide has been updated and will be refined throughout the 2019 Joshua Tree Tour.

Ever since I began seeing U2 concerts during the Elevation Tour, I have preferred watching the band from GA. For those unfamiliar with GA – it is a concert ticket on the floor that is first-come-first-serve.  But the GA is more than just a ticket.  Because it is first-come-first-serve, there is the inevitable situation where dedicated fans queue (line) up early, in order to secure a good place on the floor near the stage.  Some cities have fans line up over night, while others wait for days.  Indeed, a community of fans have arisen out of these U2 queues.  As such, norms, understandings, and expectations have developed over time by fans on what to expect when we line up for general admission. I should stress that these are not my rules or anybody else’s set rules, this is a collection of behavioural observations I’ve noticed in 90+ GA lines I’ve seen around the world throughout Europe, North America, Australia/New Zealand, and South America.

This is my “Guide” to the U2 General Admission Queue.  For the two legs of the Joshua Tree Tour, we are going back to stadium venues with floor general admission – similar to the European/Latin America/Pacific legs of the Vertigo Tour, all of the 360° Tour, and the 2017 Joshua Tree Tour.  While I outline several aspects of general admission, I do highlight some of the ‘not-so-pleasant’ things of queuing up.  But in the end, it is important to remember that seeing a U2 show through GA is an amazing experience all together – for the fellow fans you meet, the music we hear, and the tribal community that gathers.

Table of Contents:
1) Introduction
2) Buying GA Tickets
3) Credit Card Entry and Transfer
4) Why does my GA ticket have ‘Row/Box/Seat’ on it?
5) Time to Arrive in the Queue
6) Camping Overnight and The Check-In System
7) Morning of the Queue
8) The Number System
9) Back-to-back shows and the GA
10) Saving Spots in the Queue
11) Fanclub Membership Line Does Not Exist
12) Meeting the Band
13) What to Bring to the Queue
14) What to do in the Queue
15) Security Checks
16) Navigating the GA Floor
17) What is it like on the Floor
18) Where is the best spot on the floor to see U2?
19) What if I arrive in the GA much later?
20) Pitfalls of the GA
21) Conclusion: GA Adds to the U2 Concert Experience

November 17, 2015 3Arena – Dublin, Ireland – With Fernando (U2valencia.com) and Remy (U2start.com) in the GA queue

1) Introduction

Thinking back on all the U2 concerts I’ve been to (the vast majority of which were through the GA) I thought it would be fun to post a ‘Guide to the U2 GA Queue’.  This page is not for everyone and is really intended for those who plan on queuing up early – for whatever reason they so choose.  Maybe because they want to get to the front or ensure they will end up on the floor.  I’ve received a few questions about this topic and felt a special page was warranted.

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I find the whole GA queue to be more than just trying to get to the front or in the pit. I find the GA line to be a great U2 community experience, and a wonderful way to make new friends.  These are friends I’ve remained in touch with since Elevation, Vertigo, 360°, and the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tours.  This may explain why out of all of the shows I will see during a U2 tour, all will be through GA.  For me, there’s no other way but GA!

December 13, 2010 – ANZ Stadium – Sydney, Australia

2) Buying GA Tickets

Q: Can I still get General Admission tickets even though Ticketmaster says the concert is ‘sold-out’?
A: I am not convinced that a concert is ever ‘sold out’ minutes after a sale occurs.  I think it’s a way to build up the hype.  In the end, tickets are usually made available days after a sale or near the concert date.  There are various ways to get GA tickets – but don’t ever get them through scalpers!

  • Ticketmaster often releases additional GAs a week or a few days before the show (I got a single GA for Vancouver, one  week before the show for a friend). Usually there are day-of tickets made available by the venue at its box-office  in order to undercut scalpers.
  • Check fan forums like at atu2.com, or on U2start.com where fans are selling and trading GAs at face-value.

Extra GAs held by fans could be found in the queue – if they are paper tickets or even electronic mobile tickets.  Just ask the GA line runners if they are aware of any spare tickets floating around.

3) Ticket Entry and Transfer

For the New Zealand and Australia concerts, mobile electronic tickets have been issued, and are made available a few days in advance through the Ticketmaster App.  For the shows in Singapore, pdf electronic tickets have been issued.  In Saitama, tickets are available for pickup at any 7-11; and in Seoul,  Manila, and Mumbai paper tickets are available for pick up at the venue Will Call window.

When I was buying my Seoul ticket, while I was able to choose “a spot on the floor” with a number assigned.  This was not to suggest there are seats on the floor, but rather my spot in the GA line for entry.

Screenshot of Seoul floor, upon buying ticket and selecting queue number.

Alternatively in Saitama, Japan, the printed tickets will have numbers on them, which are our GA queue numbers.  Venues will communicate to fans to arrive at the venue at 3pm, so that we can line up in our order, and enter the stadium.

Vertigo Saitama ticket with GA number on it.

There has been lots of questions on whether entry tickets are transferable.  According to Ticketmaster, “That’s up to the artist, team, or venue! If they give the green light you’ll see a Sell button when you click the order number under Order History in My Account.”  From my experience with electronic tickets, Ticketmaster has a transfer ticket option, which the recipient has to accept on their end.  For paper tickets, I imagine transfer of tickets would be no different to the way it was done – in person or over mail – like it was during the 360 Tour.

4) Why does my GA ticket have ‘Section/Row/Seat’ on it?

Q: Are there seats on the general admission floor?
A: No, there are no seats on the floor.  Pay no attention to the section/row/seat on a GA ticket.  I think it’s just a way for Ticketmaster to keep track of how many GA tickets they printed.  All U2 general admission is standing only, and operates on a first-come-first serve basis.

Electronic confirmation of GA for Seattle concert – May 14, 2017

Q: Why does my GA ticket indicate different entrances?  Does that mean there will be various entrances and sections to the floor?
A: The majority of venues during The Joshua Tree Tour do not indicate separate entrances on the venue.  However, some other venues, like Amsterdam Arena (Amsterdam) or Croke Park (Dublin), offer two distinct entrances depending on the ticket you bought.

July 29, 2017 – Amsterdam Arena – Amsterdam, Netherlands – GA ticket buying options for the Amsterdam concert

The Seoul floor is divided into two GA sections.  Upon buying your ticket, you can decide which section you would like to be in.  Presumably, the early ticket buyers would have selected the front section.

Sectioned floor of the Seoul venue.

Keep in mind that the majority of venues do not offer the option to buy GAs with different entrances or sections of the GA pitch, but rather they sell tickets to a wide open GA field.  When you arrive at the venue, there is a possibility of having multiple entrances and/or multiple ticket gates (e.g. Stade de France had dozens of entrances and queues; Olympic Stadium in Berlin had a single queue, single entry point, but multiple ticket gates upon entry).

July 8, 2017 – Layout shows a wide open GA pitch – Twickenham Stadium, London

5) Time to Arrive in the Queue

Q: What time should I show up to the general admission queue?
A: It depends on where you want to be on the floor and type of show. Keep in mind this is just a rough estimate, and vary between concerts.  For example, lines will start earlier and be longer for tour/leg openers and closers, and cities that attract a traveling contingent of fans, like Chicago, LA, Dublin, or London. Other shows that are ‘local’ (meaning they don’t attract a large traveling contingent of fans), may have shorter lines.

I advise people to visit the venue at least 2 days before the concert to see what’s going on with the queue.  For tour openers, like in Tulsa for EI Tour or Auckland for JT 2019 Tour, the GA Check-In systems started 5 days ahead of time.  But the norm over the past few tours has been 2 days in advance, especially if there is a two day gap between U2 concerts.  This U2 GA Facebook Site has become the go-to place for those initiating the GA and explaining the ‘rules’.

  • 2-5 Days Before the Show
    • If you want to maximize your chances for a choice position along the rail, you probably want to check out the GA a couple of days in advance.
    • This is how the ‘GA Crazies’, ‘GA Hardcores’, or what I prefer to call, the ‘GA International Travelling Contingent’ often do.  So if you want to join or get ahead of them, keep your eye on the GA 2-5 days in advance.
    • Why do I like going to the rail in a choice position?  I’m not too tall and like to have a clear view of the stage.  I also like taking photos, so being along the rail makes photography easier.
  • Early Morning of the Show
    • You can get a spot along the rails but further away from the centre of the  main stage.
  • Morning of the Show
      • You may also be anywhere in the first 2-4 rows.  The areas near the front and around the ‘Joshua Tree’-stage will be clustered when you enter the later you show up, but chances are you will get a close spot just a few rows off a rail.
  • Noon to 3PM
    • You’ll probably find a spot 4-10 rows ahead of the main stage and tree-stage.
  • 3PM to Showtime
    • Considering the size of the main stage and the ‘Joshua Tree’-stage; the later you show up in the queue, the farther you may be from the stages.  Conversely, some fans prefer a view farther away from the stages in order to take in the larger spectacle of the show.

June 4, 2011 Qwest Field – Seattle, USAAs it was during the Vertigo Tour, there were fans lining up 35 hours before the concert started at the 1st Dublin show. Like 2005, the shows at Croke Park were special. There were legions of fans converging from all over the world making their pilgrimage to the U2 holy land. I have never seen a more international crowd than the one I saw at Dublin I.

Again, what time you show up to the queue also depends on how fanatic the fans are at each venue.  At the Latin American shows I’ve attended, fans there line up a week ahead of time.  But in my general observation with North American and European crowds, early morning arrival should be good enough if you want a good spot near the rails.

6) Camping Overnight and the Check-In System

Q: What about camping overnight?
A: Camping is certainly not for everyone. As well, it may not be permitted at venues due to local ordinances or laws.  In the past, I have camped overnight for the Sydney and Perth shows during the 360 tour.  In Auckland and Brisbane 2019, camping was permitted.

December 12, 2010 ANZ Stadium – Sydney, Australia – Camp out on stadium grounds

Q: What if the venue bans camping overnight?
A: I believe this is the reason why the “check-in” system started, which I noticed to first appear in 2009 during the 360 tour.

The ‘Check-In’ System has been the norm over the past few tours – iNNOCENCE+eXPERIENCE Tour, 2017 Joshua Tree Tour, and the eXPERIENCE+iNNOCENCE Tour.

In most of the cities on these tours, security did not want people to camp for a variety of reasons – liability, inconvenience, or because of the sensitivities around tent-cities being built and homelessness in the city.

Usually, venues allow a few people to manage the queue by collecting names and putting numbers on people’s hands.  Fans were asked to return at periodic times to check-in and the morning of the show for ‘roll-call’.  If people were not present during check-in times and during roll-call, they were scratched off the queue list.  This was very effective during Las Vegas (360 Tour), where security cooperated completely, and actually kicked late-comers out. Lesson to be learned: you can’t just collect a number and expect to show up 2 hours before we’re let into the venue. Mind you, not all venue security act as cooperatively, and may not care about the numbering system. It’s up to fans to implement and self-police the queue.

Consequently, some fans like this system because it allows them to do some siteseeing in the city they are visiting, go to work, or get additional rest.  Other fans find this system abborhent because line runners are incentivized to start the ‘line’ a lot earlier than necessary and get to benefit from a fairly slack system, as opposed to real camping.  It also privilleges those ‘in-the-know’.

May 11, 2011 Mexico City – Mexico – Our tents in the GA queue

7) Morning of the Queue

Q: What happens if a venue tells us we can’t queue up until a certain time? Would we be arrested?
A: At Chicago during the 360 Tour, the police and security told us we couldn’t line up until 6AM the day of the show. If we did, security told us that we would be given a verbal warning, then a written warning, and then arrested. I’m not sure if they have that authority or willing to go to that extreme, but that was their threat.   At any rate, while a numbered queue system started the day before, we never did camp out overnight, and decided to return that morning with the expectation of respecting the numbering system. However, we found fans queuing up at around 4:30AM the day of the show – there were about 100 people in line already.

September 11, 2009 Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois – Threats made by security

What has been more-or-less the norm over the The Joshua Tree 2019 tour was the venue publically denying that they’d accept the fan-led GA system (I guess to lower expectations and numbers), and the day before the show announcing that they would honour the GA system, and issue venue numbered wristbands the early morning of the show.  Fans are then told to return later in the afternoon and reconvene in the queue in accordance to their numbered wristbands.

This system means you can leave for the day to rest and eat, and then return to the line refreshed without losing your spot.

The point that I am making is that although the venues may proclaim a certain time to allow queuing up, fans will continue to line up somewhere regardless of ‘official policy’. My advice, check out the venue a few days in advance of the show and see what is going on. Chances are there will be fans starting the GA Check-In System.  Ask how the queue is being organized and then show up at a time of your liking – whether to join the system, arrive the day before, early in the morning the day-of, or later in the day-of the concert.

September 11, 2009 Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois – Meeting Edge

Q: What if I can’t make it early in the morning because of work or other commitments?
A: The floor should fit about 10,000+ fans (depending on the size of the venue. As mentioned earlier, because of the two stages and the catwalk, as well as how small the floor is, you will be closer to the action than anyone in the seats.  Those who line up early or camp out, do so because they want rail to lean on, be closer to the stage, or just like the community of fans who they can connect with.

July 2, 2009 Camp Nou – Barcelona, Spain – With my friends Paco and Jessica

8) The Number System

Q: What happens when I get to the queue, do I get a number for my spot?
A:  When you get to the GA, who’s handling the (fan distributed) GA numbers. A fan will have a marker and will write a number on the back of your hand and may even write your name down in a book. This is all informal mind you.

October 23, 2009 Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada – The GA Book

9) Back-to-back shows and the GA

Q: What do I do if I am attending back-to-back GAs?
A: If you are up for a marathon of GAs and have the stamina, I would recommend after the first show, immediately go back to where the queue was being organized the day before.  The ‘GA Crazies’ will leave after the last encore of the first show in order to get a good number for night two (don’t ask me why they do that, kinda perpelexes me, to be honest).

It is possible that find queue organizers there giving out numbers for the following night. Conversations of who will start organizing the next night usually takes place on the day of the first show. In Vancouver 2017, it was agreed upon that the organizers for night 2 would be those who had seats or didn’t have tickets for night 1. Once the GA line for night 1 entered the venue, the organizers for night 2 would then start taking names and giving numbers for night 2. I’ve heard of some bad stories of the queue being organized by GAers while they were in the GA of night 1. This was completely unfair because it advantaged those already at the front of the GA for night 1 – so a decision was made in some cities so that those who weren’t in the GA for night 1 would be the organizers for night 2.

When I attended the Mexico City shows during the 360 Tour, it was back-to-back-to-back GAs. It was awfully tough on the body, but a great chance to get to know the fans from Mexico. I now look back at those times with a lot of pride because of the endurance and the fun I had with the people I camped out with.

10) Saving Spots in the Queue

Q: Can I get the queue early and save spots for my friends who will arrive later?
A: Touchy issue. It depends on the people running the GA queue or explain the situation to those around you. There is no official policy about saving spots, it’s really just about being considerate to those who spent many hours in line. In so far as GA etiquette goes, saving spots for friends can also upset those who lined up for hours in the queue. I was in Montreal for the Elevation Tour, and my friends and I were numbers 7,8,9 in the line (we arrived at the queue around 6AM). Person number 5 got there an hour before us, but when 8 of his friends arrived at 4PM and cut us in line, and we were naturally pissed off.  They obviously didn’t learn their elementary school manners of not cutting in line. In the end, we got front row centre and they were at the back of the inner circle – karma I tell you 🙂

April 9, 2011 Estadio Morumbi – Sao Paulo, Brazil

Q: Can I temporarily leave the queue and come back? Will I lose my spot?
A: Yes you can leave the queue, but not for too long – possibly an hour or so.  This is simply GA etiquette. I’ve seen people come really early, get a number written on their hand, leave for the entire day and then come back an hour before the gates open. This ruffles the feathers of quite a few fans who ‘did their time’ in the queue. As mentioned before, at the Las Vegas and Vancouver gigs, security kicked those out who got numbers the day before and didn’t bother to show up until late the next day. Fans who noticed queue jumpers simply told security, and the authorities dealt with the problem. Again, not all venue security are as compliant (e.g. Pasadena), but it’s always helpful!

October 28, 2009 BC Place – Vancouver, British Columbia – Great security

What I found generally more acceptable is informing your friend or those around you that you will be away briefly (eg. to go to the washroom, get a shower, or get food – tasks that should not take more than an hour or so), and kindly asking them to hold your spot. If you need to leave the queue, it’s at your own risk, but the risk is much higher closer to the time when the gates open (4-5PM). If you need to briefly depart from the queue in the morning, there shouldn’t be any issues.

August 6, 2009 Slaski Stadium – Chorzow, Poland

11) Fanclub Membership Line

Q: Will there be special access for U2.com members?
A: Doubtful.  There has been no evidence so far that there is a special entrance for U2.com members on The Joshua Tree Tour.  At some North American arena venues during the Vertigo Tour, there was a separate line for fanclub members; however, I very much doubt there will be any for The Joshua Tree Tour.

April 25, 2005 Key Arena – Seattle, Washington – Separate U2 queue for U2 fanclub members during the Vertigo Tour

12) Meeting the Band

Q: Can I meet the band?
A: This was an easier task to handle at the arena venues than at the stadiums. While I’ve never had the opportunity to meet the band at a European stadium (it was much easier at the North American venues because the point of access for the band was normally close to the GA line), I believe this strategy will still be applicable.

May 10, 2017 – Chatting with Bono in Vancouver, Canada, before U2’s rehearsal.

If you know where the band is staying, there is a good chance you can meet them before they head out to the venue for their sound check. By chance, I was able to see and get autographs along with other fans outside their hotel in Zagreb. It was around 2:30 PM, just before they left to Maksimir Stadium.

August 10, 2009 – Meeting the band in Zagreb, Croatia.

If you know where the band is entering at the stadium, make sure you are there in the afternoon (usually around 3-4PM) when U2 come arrive for their sound check. I did this at the Boston, Vancouver, Toronto, and New York shows. (NOTE: Check out the platform shoes of Bono and Larry; and look excited when you see them, otherwise they won’t acknowledge you and think you’re an eBayer wanting to sell signature U2 memorabilia).

13) What to Bring to the Queue

Q: What should I bring to the queue?
A: Bring all that you can’t leave behind.
There are two scenarios to consider which items to bring in the queue.

FIRST, if you plan to camp over night, bring a small tent in case the venue allow “camping” (as defined as sleeping in a tent).  If no tents are allowed, bring an air mattress and a sleeping bag.  I usually buy one of those cheap $10.00 pool mattress to sleep on and a blanket or sleeping bag to keep myself warm.  If I don’t have a tent to use, and in case it rains, I’ll usually bring a Survival Bag to stay dry from the elements.  These can be bought at any camping/hiking store for about $5.00.

In the early morning of the show, people are asked to bring their larger queue items (such as tents or inflatable mattresses) back to their cars or hotel rooms.  Throughout the remaining morning and early afternoon, many bring lawn chairs to sit on or blankets to lie on to keep themselves comfortable.

By the early afternoon, usually between 2 and 3 pm, security will ask you to put away your chairs and other larger items that will not be allowed into the venue.

October 20, 2009 University of Phoenix Stadium – Glendale, Arizona – Jeff, Josh, and Bowman playing poker

SECOND, if you plan to arrive in the queue the morning of the show, feel free to bring a lawn chair to sit on throughout the day.  Between 2PM and 3PM the day of the show, security will ask you to put away your chairs.  Many bring cars to put their stuff away, or have someone drive by the stadium to pick up their stuff.  If you don’t have a vehicle, try to make friends in the queue who can help you out.  If you have no one to rely on, put your stuff away earlier in order to give you time to make it back to your hotel/hostel and back again before 2PM.

On the day of the show, I normally bring a minimal amount of personal belongings and food.  This allows me to have the ability to get through security quickly with only my camera and ticket (or credit card for the ticket-less entry) in hand.

April 12, 2011 – Outside Estadio Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil – Staying dry in my survival bag and getting ready for a night’s “rest”

These are a list of items I usually bring with me for queuing up on the day of the concert:

  • sandwiches or other source of food for the day
  • snack bars or granola bars to keep in your jacket or pockets to eat when you get in the venue and before U2 comes on (NOTE: You are usually let into the stadium once U2’s sound check is done, which is normally around 5:30. That will mean you will not eat anything until after the concerts which finishes around 10:30PM. Believe me, you will get a bit hungry, and will need an energy source for later).
  • bottle of water or sport drink (i.e. Gatorade) (NOTE: depending on cloud cover, if there is an overcast, drink little water; if there is a lot of sun, drink a lot of water to keep yourself hydrated. Most venues will have portable toilets, so having to go to the toilet is not an issue in the morning.  However, when it gets closer to show time, you only want to drink enough water to sustain life, but not too much where you will have to leave and possibly lose your spot in the venue
  • sunscreen (if sunny)
  • rain gear, such as a waterproof jacket, poncho, or tarp (if raining)
    • Rain boots and water repellent pants are also worth while if there is a downpour
  • camera
  • smartphone external battery pack
  • something to read
  • card board box or cheap inflatable mattress (or something similar in nature) to nap on
June 18, 2011 – Outside Angel Stadium, Anaheim, California – Taking a nap on inflatable surfboard

14) What to do in the Queue

Q: What do you do all day in the queue?
A: There were several things I’ve done to occupy myself in the queue at the various cities I’ve visited. I’ve met several new and old friends from all over the world (all cities); read books, newspapers, or caught up on social media (all cities).  On the 360 tour, I’ve drunk beer (Dublin III, Las Vegas); slept all morning on my inflatable mattress (Chicago II); ordered and ate delivered pizza (Chicago I and II); got angry at security (Zagreb II); played games on my iPhone (Barcelona I); and bought U2 T-Shirts (London II, Dublin I).

October 27, 2009 – Outside of BC Place – Vancouver, British Columbia – Chilling out, literally

During the Vancouver 360 overnight queue, we had a propane heater and a BBQ fired up, which we later returned when it was time to put our materials away the next day. It was a lot of fun to literally and figuratively chill out!  We had such strong memories from the BBQ, we did the same for the Winnipeg queue.

On the iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour, I was busy helping manage a few queues.  Since the check-in systems are more-or-less the norm, waiting in line on aggregate is much shorter.  Still, worth bringing something to read, or just chat it up with fellow fans.

May 13, 2015 Vancouver, BC - Craig Evans (SVP Global Operations - Live Nations Global Touring) delivering pizza to us in the queue care/of the band!
May 13, 2015 Vancouver, BC – Craig Evans (SVP Global Operations – Live Nations Global Touring) delivering pizza to us in the queue courtesy of the band

15) Security Checks

Q: What is security check like? What is allowed and not allowed?
A: At most venues, security will line everyone up in separate pens, and ask you to open your bags for inspection. I try to avoid bringing a bag in order to avoid slowing down entry.  To make my entry process as quick as possible, I role up my sleeves (so that the wristband they will be putting on me is visible), hold my camera and phone in one hand, and my ticket (or credit card for those ticket-less entry shows) in the other hand.

Generally speaking, point-and-shoot and mirrorless cameras are alright. I’ve seen people sneak in pocket digital HD camcorders. I haven’t seen any issue so far with people bringing in signs to wave to U2.  What are harder to bring in are large dSLR cameras.  Each venue has different policies, but normally disallowed are “professional” cameras that have lenses that are longer than 2″ long or with lenses that are bigger than 35mm. Vancouver states that camera bodies and lenses cannot exceed 3″ in length.  With that said, I did see dSLRs at Madison Square Gardens in New York, so this policy is really venue specific.

Other things I’ve generally noticed that security disallowed entry into the venue: alcoholic beverages, chairs, umbrellas, and weapons (obviously).  Some venues allow water bottles in, others don’t. Some allow water bottles without caps, in which case, hide a spare cap in your pocket (for when you buy water inside and is given to you without a cap). Some disallow outside food, while others don’t mind snack bars and such.

For any items you are uncertain if these can be allowed inside, I highly recommend approaching security in the morning of what is allowed and not allowed. It helps to look for the head of security because they have better knowledge of venue policy. Remember, if you want to get through security check quickly, carry all that you can’t leave behind!

If you are bringing in a small bag or a backpack, make sure you have it wide open for inspection. If possible, have no bag at all and just carry in water, your camera, and your ticket – all in hand – so security will not have to sift through your belongings, which will cut down on time being held up in security.

Video: May 14, 2015 Rogers Arena – Vancouver, British Columbia – GA Entrance (I was the guy in the brown jacket at 0:11)

16) Navigating the GA Floor

Q: Do you run or walk once the doors are open?
A: For stadium shows, security will strongly insist you walk, but in most cases fans ‘fast-walked’ and then broke out into sprints.  It will be well worth it to practice your speed-walking skills and ability to skip down two stairs at a time.  If you notice others breaking into a run,  it’s your call whether you want to follow them or not.  Golden rule is to exercise safety first and avoid a stampede (which I’ve been through before in Milan and Berlin on the Vertigo Tour).

May 12, 2017 BC Place – Vancouver, Canada – GA layout

Q: Once I get through security, how do I get to the floor?
A: For first-timers, the run in can be really confusing once you get on to the floor level and determine where to go.  Once you get into the venue, you will want to ask security which way to the floor.  It can be a labyrinth upon entering the grounds of a stadium, so keep asking, follow the crowd (if you’re not first), and keep walking fast!  Pay attention or ask ahead of time the way onto floor level.

Where the venue issues your GA wristband will vary.  Some will do it at the point of security check, where they pat you down, and look inside your bag (if you have one).  They may then tie a concert wristband on you and then you proceed (walking fast).  At other venues I’ve been at, the wristband will be issued at ground level.

It’s also important to mention that there will be a main stage and an extended ‘Joshua Tree-stage’.  After seeing U2 on The Joshua Tree Tour, I’m convinced there isn’t as much rail space compared to the 360 Tour.  So if you really desire a rail spot, check out the queue the day before the concert.  The closed off area for the ‘Red Zone’ fans is situated very close to the stage this tour, on Edge’s side of the stage.

May 20, 2017 Rose Bowl – Pasadena, USA – GA layout

So upon entry, keep right to avoid being stuck behind the Red Zone, and head towards the ‘inner’ part of the GA, on ‘Adam’s’ side of the stage.

June 23, 2017 Rogers Centre – Toronto, Canada – GA layout

Q: Can I bring signs or flags into the show?
A: Likely.  I have friends who have brought in blank sheets of paper, light pieces of cardboard, and markers. Once they got to the floor, they would write their messages and hope to show Bono during the concert. Sometimes the band acknowledges them, and sometimes not. I think it’s all for fun, so long as it doesn’t block the view of those behind you. When we were at the Vegas show, we made a sign for Fergie (of the Black Eyed Peas) who were the opening act. Fergie saw the sign, and sang to us for a bit. That was a lot of fun. Other times, people would write messages for U2, and Bono would incorporate at it into their songs or speeches. This doesn’t always happen, but can be special if it does during the concert.

October 23, 2009 Sam Boyd Stadium – Las Vegas, Nevada – Me and my friend Daniel

With respect to flags, some venue security are more picky.  At the Vancouver and New York shows during the iNNOCENCE+eXPERIENCE tour, venue security refused the entry of banners and flags.  At Madison Square Garden (awful security), one fan was upset because her national flag was banned entry, with the security guard saying that, “Bono said he didn’t want flags at the show.”  Laughable and dishonest, but we are at the mercy of security.  Best to ask them well ahead of time to avoid this confrontation.  Always check the venue website or call them two weeks ahead of time to ask about what is permitted and what isn’t allowed.

17) What is it like on the Floor?

Q: What if I need to leave to go to the washroom or buy food/merchandise?  Will I lose my spot?
A: If you need to leave to use the washroom or buys something, wait about 15 minutes before leaving your spot. Make sure your friend(s) holds your spot, and choose a path out of your spot from which you can follow back in.  If you have no friends with you, introduce yourself to others near you, and make buddies with them.  You want people to remember you on your way out, so when you come back, they won’t think you’re cutting them. Coming back with some food or drink helps because it validates that you were indeed getting nourishment. Personally, I try to avoid having to leave the my spot, but if I need to, this is my process.

August 14, 2009 – Wembley Stadium – London, England – Vik, Darren, and I

Q: What is it like at the front? Is it rough?
A: Unlike Coldplay shows or concert festivals which are the only comparisons I can draw from, U2 crowds are generally easy going and respectful. I’ve been able to enjoy the front with relative ease. The only times I found it tough in 2005 were in NY, Dublin I, and Honolulu, where ‘important’ people pushed their way to the front. Even for U2 360°the crowds in Poland and Croatia were not pushy. All other times, I thought there was general respect and a sense of harmony amongst us, and I look forward to sharing a ‘magnificent’ time with fellow U2 fans.

Q: When you are along the rails, is the stage too high?
A:  During the 360° Tour, the stage was quite high, and I found my neck hurting looking up constantly after the first few shows.  After a while, my neck got used to looking up, and I didn’t mind being at the front.  The front stage for The Joshua Tree Tour is about 9 feet high but is further back compared to the 360 front stage, which means that your neck won’t be craning up as much, and is a more comfortable viewing experience.

The ‘tree-stage’ is about 5 feet high and is much closer to the fans.  It’s from this vantage point where you can have a more intimate concert experience with U2.

18) Where is the best spot to see U2 on the floor?

Q: Where is the best spot to see U2 on the floor?
A:  The ‘tree-stage’ is where the concert begins with the full band performing their pre-Joshua Tree songs here.  The front stage is where U2 play all their Joshua Tree songs.  For the post-Joshua Tree songs (until the end of the show), most of the time Bono goes back to the tree-stage while Adam, Larry, and Edge remain at the front stage. So depending on what you want to hear and see up close, you can decide which stage to gravitate towards.

If you want to be close, with a front view of U2, this is what to expect:

  • Main Stage – park yourself in front of Bono or go no further than 10 meters on either side towards Edge or Adam.  It was interesting to see the band cluster together at the front and not be too far from each other during the Joshua Tree set.  Don’t be tempted to take rail on the far reaches of the main stage – you’ll barely see U2 up close.  So if you don’t get rail at the front, better to be second, third, or forth row at the front.  I also found less pressure at the front.
  • Tree Stage – Anywhere along the top or side of the tree will be good.  U2 rarely turn around to the back of the tree, so if you’re along the catwalk and below the tree, you’ll be mainly looking at the back of the band.  Since the tree-stage reaches to the middle of the field, I found there was a little more pressure here from fans from the back, since late-comers can start to push or squeeze their way here.
  • Fellow U2 fan, Jeremie Hallett, said it best on one of my Instagram posts,“I’ve done top of tree, next to ramp, and center main stage and I’d say top of tree is the best vantage point if you can only do one show.  But main stage is fantastic for JT set and the close-up screen effect. The motion is trippy in 8K.”

19) What if I arrive in the GA much later? I don’t really want to line up all day, but still enjoy the show!

Answering this question primarily comes down to expectations.  Whether you choose to line up or not, one is not better than the other, but rather indicative of what people choose to do and expect to get in return.

When people queue up early, they have an expectation to be up close to the band, have a rail to lean on, and enjoy the music.  They accept that there will be exhaustion, dehydration, and some frustration as part of this process, but believe that these sacrifices will trade-off with some benefits.

For those who come later or an hour or so before the show, they expect to be well rested and understand that they will be further back on the field.  On the 360° Tour, I had friends arrive late afternoon to the queue and ended up two or three rows behind the outer circle b-stage.  Having been through the pains of lining up at a previous U2 concert, this time around, they preferred to come late, feel refreshed, and accepted that they were going to be further back.  They ended up being amazed because they ended up not that far back, which exceeded their expectations.

I’ve been at the back of a stadium GA before and didn’t mind it because my expectations were tempered.  For the 1st show in São Paulo, Brazil for the 360° Tour, I arrived the morning of the concert.  My friends and I met up and came to the Estadio Morumbi at 9am and there were already about 10,000 people in line ahead of us.  We resigned ourselves to the inevitability that we’d be at the back of the GA, but we were okay with that.  In the end, the fact that Zooropa first appeared on the tour in Brazil thrilled us.  That alone made the concert special and not because of where we were relative to the stage.

April 10, 2011 Estadio Morumbi – São Paulo, Brazil – Watched the concert from the back of the GA.

Being at the back of the GA also has its advantages:

    • It’s not as crowded
    • The sound is at its best at the soundboard
    • You can easily access the beer garden, souvenir stand, and washrooms easily
    • You’ll get to see U2’s sound guru – Joe O’Herlihy – who has been with U2 since the start.  He’s very approachable!

With all this said, I still like lining up early, because it gives me a chance to connect with long-distant U2 friends who travel and see the band like I do.  I also like being near the front because I enjoy concert photography. But that’s my expectation and desire.  Others who prefer to come later will hear the same amazing music and equally enjoy the company of friends as much as I do.

20) Pitfalls of the GA

Q: You are lining up for such a long time, it can’t be all fun and games?!
A: You’re right; it isn’t always the greatest of experiences for the entire time you are in the queue. Exhaustion can sink in after a long wait or multiple queues.

November 3, 2015 The O2 – London, UK – A little knackered while waiting in the queue during the 6th London ieTour show

I’ve also had to deal with really hot days, where there was no shade (i.e. June 30, 2009 Camp Nou – Barcelona). There would be days where it would rain nonstop (i.e. June 24, 2005 Croke Park – Dublin). There are ways to prepare for such climates, but your patience can wear thin quickly.  I also found myself frustrated by people cutting the line, despite the fact that I spent the whole day there.  In spite of my protestations, there was nothing I could do.  Fairness, it seemed, was not universal. Other fans had described to me of a not-so-pleasant camping out experience at the Chorzow, Poland queue, where there were really drunk fans being loud and obnoxious at night, which made it a sleepless queuing experience.

This is unsurprising, but I’ve noticed that there is a direct correlation between the state of weather and the mood of the crowd. For example, we experienced heavy downpour the morning of The Joshua Tree Tour opener in Vancouver (which we knew was coming because the forecasts were pretty consistent leading up to that day), and I encountered a few irate and annoyed fans in the queue. Once the rain let up, skies opened, and sun rays beaming down on us by lunch time, I saw a lot more happier people in the line. All I can say is be prepared for the weather conditions, don’t be surprised, and feel free to temporary leave the queue if needed.

June 18, 2011 Angel Stadium of Anaheim – Anaheim, California – Gates locking up

Another phenomenon I encountered during past tours was that being at the front of a queue does not necessarily guarantee a good spot on the floor because of mechanical or human errors. For example, the tickets wouldn’t scan properly at Dublin 3 or at Chorzow (360° Tour), which would result in gates locking up and disallowing you to pass. I know for some female fans, particularly at Wembley Stadium, there was a shortage of female security guards to search female fans, so they were held up.  Some venues will have multiple entry points, which increases anxiety and uncertainty of where you will end up on the floor. Many fans had described to me of the Paris shows, where some gates opened up early than others. This resulted in frustrating some fans that felt this to be unfair and arbitrary. Having been through this myself, one can easily feel irritated and upset.

21) Conclusion: GA Adds to the U2 Concert Experience

Well, I hope you found this post informative, if not entertaining. Despite these negatives, I still maintain the GA queue to be a beneficial and fun experience. A valuable lesson I learned was that ‘anything can happen’ in the GA experience and that we should not raise our expectations of always getting the spot we imagine ourselves having. Because we get to the queue early enough, we will all get onto the floor, and have a great spot where ever we may end up. Most U2 fans would love to see the shows we see, let alone the close proximity we have to the band. Most of us who have had the privilege to be in the pit will agree that the atmosphere is electric and any bad experiences from earlier in the day are washed away by the torrential music of U2.

August 6, 2009 Slaski Stadium – Chorzow, Poland – Bryan, Arnie, and Bono’s Setlist
December 13, 2010 ANZ Stadium – Sydney, Australia – Cathal (who was promoting his book Me and U2) and I

While the U2 queue can be tiring and at times trying (i.e. North end Dublin kids making fun of U2 and throwing fruit and eggs at us outside of Croke Park), I think we can look back and remember all the great times. I can earnestly look back at all my experiences in the queue – good and bad – and remember how much fun it was to meet everyone, listen in on the sound checks, feel the rush of getting into the venue early, enjoying the concert with the same fans I shared the queue with during the entire day, and getting various setlists at the end of the night. I vividly recall meeting new friends, sharing our love for U2’s music, talking about our backgrounds, and explaining where our travels have taken us. In the end, the U2 queue is more than trying to make it to the front; it really is a place where different people of varying backgrounds can find a common ground, with the hope of having long lasting memories.

The GA in Vancouver during the iNNOCENCE+eXPERIENCE tour was memorable for me, as it was two days before my wedding (the next day, I skipped the second Vancouver show to make it for my wedding rehearsal).  Fans in the queue were incredibly kind to sign a banner with messages of support and well-wishes for our marriage. It was the kindest act I’ve ever experienced in the queue. I admittedly teared up – physically and emotionally exhausted – but humbled at the thought and consideration of everyone. This alone made the GA worthwhile (thanks to Jonathan for filming this).

If you have any other tips or experience worth mentioning, or questions that need addressing, feel free to leave a message in comments below.  I’ll try to promptly respond to your questions.  We’re all here to help each other.  I look forward to seeing you all in the queue.  For me, there’s no other way but GA!

July 7, 2005 Olympic Stadium – Berlin, Germany

Comments (454)

  • vowings May 13, 2009 at 1:14 pm Reply

    my partner and I are big U2 fans we found your blog realy informative.
    we are going to Wembley London friday 14th August we are travelling from Liverpool England it would be nice to have a buddy in the cue keep in touch vowings@hotmail.co.uk
    veronica/michael

  • MRC June 18, 2009 at 10:33 pm Reply

    So glad I found your blog! Never thought the day would come when U2 would play in my home state of Oklahoma. I’ve seen them several times, but they’ll be playing less than 2 miles from my home! Anyways, please offer your opinion- what time to queue/camp-could there be that many big U2 fans here or coming here? Also, do they always allow small cameras?
    mrcart.blogspot.com

  • MAFS September 1, 2009 at 5:26 am Reply

    Hey! I’m going to the vancouver concert in October! YOUR BLOG IS AWESOME! I’m from Brazil, and I’d like to know what time would be a good time to start queueing in order to get a good spot? Are you from vancouver?

    THANKS A LOT!

  • Joseph Ahorro September 1, 2009 at 5:03 pm Reply

    Hey MAFS,
    If you want to get into the pit, get to the queue before 3PM. Certainly, the earlier you show up, the better chances you have of getting a better spot in the pit. But it also depends on the city and its hype, and how the venue organizes the queue. I had to camp out overnight to get front row centre for Dublin 1. But for Zagreb 1, where there was a lot of unpredictability, I arrived in the queue at 6AM and still got front row centre (I did not have to camp out like the few others who did).

  • Andy September 3, 2009 at 2:14 am Reply

    Thanks for the helpful info! I have three questions and hopefully you haven’t answered them already because I don’t want to look like an idiot.
    Question 1: I have an Olympus e520 camera. Would you recommend trying to bring this type of camera into the stadium? Did you see others with dSLR cameras like this?
    Question 2: Am I understanding you correctly that the inner circle is first come, first serve basis?
    Last question, #3: How easy is it to go use the restroom once you’re inside the stadium?
    Thanks for any tips you’ve got. We’ll be at the Chicago 2 show and can’t wait!!!!

  • sdfsdf September 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm Reply

    yes please: is the 360 inner circle first come, first served, or are they scanning tickets again & letting 2 ppl in for every 1 ticket that gets scanned as a “golden ticket”, like vertigo? or are they scanning tickets but letting in more early tickets and no late tickets? i am confused. thanx

  • Joseph Ahorro September 8, 2009 at 9:24 pm Reply

    Hi Andy and sdfsdf,
    Thanks for writing. These are my thoughts regarding your questions:
    1) I know of some fans bringing in dSLRs. The length of the lens may prevent you from bringing it in. If the lens is greater than 2″ long, it may be problematic to bring the dSLR in. If it’s shorter than 2″, I don’t think it will be a problem. If you are in the GA line, what you may want to do is ask security first. If they say no, return it to your hotel or car (do all of this in the morning). If you are in the stands, I know of some fans having no problem bringing in a dSLR.

    2) From my European experience, the GA pit was first-come-first-serve. I have a hard time believing that they will change this policy. Having a lottery system is too complicated for a stadium. First, there are way too many people on the pitch – around 9000 fans. Second, unlike the arena venues, sometimes there are multiple entrances into a stadium, so there is no consistent way to manage a lottery system.

    3) If you are at the front, it’s difficult to go to the toilet as time wears on. I didn’t find it too difficult to leave when I first got into the pit (~4:00PM). If it is 5:00 or 7:00, it is possible, but will take some time to go to the toilet. Before even thinking of going, tell everyone around you that you are going to the toilet and ask them to hold your spot. When you leave, security will either give you a wristband or stamp your hand to indicate that you are in the pit. When you return, you will get a lot of dirty looks from fans who will think that you are cutting. Personally, I limit my fluid intake so that I do not need to go to the toilet, thus avoiding all the hassle. If you are thirty, beg the security to hand out water. In Europe, some venues offered water to fans in the pit, and some did not care.

  • Nick September 9, 2009 at 4:56 am Reply

    Great meeting you in Europe, Joe! Excellent info here, thank you for posting it.

    One thing I would add is be sure to bring some of those juice pouches with the little straws into the pit to slake your thirst. Small water bottles without caps are sometimes allowed, too, so be sure to ask venue security about it when you get there.

    Also, as soon as you get inside the pit, sit down. This will help secure your spot better, and give your legs much needed rest. Security might come along at some point and tell everyone to stand so they can squeeze more people in, but that depends on the venue.

    Meet you in the sound!

    Nick, California

  • Irene September 9, 2009 at 5:26 am Reply

    Joe, thank you very much for updating the guide with your 360 experiences in Europe. I especially appreciate how you pull it all together in the end describing the queue as a space to find “common ground”. You definitely keep things in perspective in the most positive yet realistic way.

    Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to see you in Houston’s GA queue! It’s my one show this leg, and I’m ready to go.

    Thanks again.

  • Eleonora September 9, 2009 at 11:21 am Reply

    Great Blog Joe!!!!!
    and great meeting you in Zagreb…se ya in Chicago 🙂

  • Andy September 9, 2009 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions Joe! Maybe I’ll get to see you there in Chicago! I’m pumped because it will be the 2nd U2 show ever for my wife and I, and our first concert in a stadium. I’m bringing my brother and his friend who have never seen a U2 show so I’m very excited for them as well! Thanks again!

  • Hollis September 10, 2009 at 2:31 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    This is a fantastic blog – I’ve been searching for something like it for weeks! I’ve done about 8 GA shows in the US the last two tours and am gearing up for this one right now. I am going to Boston and Giants Stadium, and am having trouble figuring out how accurate stadium policy will be. I was at that show in Boston with the wristbands when they let us go, and I agree – it was the best system, especially since it was snowing. If you have talked with anyone with experience in previous stadium tours in Boston or NYC, could you give me some feedback? I’m willing/happy to camp overnight, but I just don’t know the stadium drill as well as the arenas…

    Thanks, Hollis

  • MAFS September 12, 2009 at 6:40 pm Reply

    Thanks Joe, 3pm sounds like a pretty good time to be there in order to get to the pit! 😉 I hope to see you there then!

    Vancouver is going to be my first U2 experience and i don’t know if i’m gonna be able to go see them again on this tour, so would you still recommend me to get GA tickets? i’m not sure about what kinda tickets i should get… ugh

    Hey, do you think U2’s coming to Brazil next year? Is there gonna be a South american leg as the other tours had?

    Thanks a lot buddy!

    MAFS

  • Andy September 15, 2009 at 1:17 am Reply

    Hey MAFS,
    I just went to the Sept. 13th Chicago show and had GA. It’s the ONLY way to go. Get GA, get in line early (we got in line at 10:30 and were one person deep from the ring), and let U2 do the rest!!!

  • Joseph Ahorro September 18, 2009 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Hi Hollis,
    I think what you will find at NY or Boston stadium GA queues will be the same as elsewhere. My experience at Chicago was not too far off from what I went through in Europe. The ‘Guide’ should be a useful tool for you 😉
    Joe

  • lisa September 19, 2009 at 3:07 am Reply

    thanks so much for posting this! i’m a GA newbie and you definitely helped answer a lot of questions. i am going to the 1st NY show next week and want to be right outside the pit in the front. what time do you recommend getting on line?

  • Joseph Ahorro September 22, 2009 at 6:08 pm Reply

    Hi Lisa,
    Sorry to respond to your question late. I just updated the blog to consider which times are appropriate to show up in the line. It depends on where you want to be on the floor.
    Joe

  • Philly September 22, 2009 at 11:05 pm Reply

    Great website. Thanks for the “tips”. Going to the NY show Thursday. Hoping for the “inner circle”, but we will be arriving a little late (6pm). Thanks again.
    Brian from Philly

  • jnhollister September 24, 2009 at 12:50 am Reply

    Joe –

    For the Vertigo tour, parents with little (ticketed) kids made it into the heart…what the equivalent for the 360 tour?

    Jeff

  • MAFS September 24, 2009 at 1:23 am Reply

    Thanks, Andy!

    Guys, any updates about a south american leg next year?

  • Andy September 24, 2009 at 1:47 am Reply

    Hey Joe, so far, can you put a top 3 rank of shows on the 360 tour that you’ve been to? I felt like the energy at the Chicago 2 show was out of this world…just wondered how it compared to others?? Thanks man, hope you’re having a blast. I still have no idea how a guy your age is able to travel to all these amazing places and get to watch show after show of the greatest band ever!

  • Joseph Ahorro September 24, 2009 at 6:16 pm Reply

    Hi Jeff,
    Not sure about the ‘ticketed’ kids condition. As far as I know, it’s first-come-fist-serve into the pit area – kids or no kids. I never saw any separate treatment for those fans with children and getting into the pit area. If you are concerned about coming late to the queue, I do know of some friends who kindly asked security to get into the pit area well after 7PM, but this largely depends on how security at the venue feels like doing.

    And Jeff, to answer your question… tough one! Each show is different, with special circumstances surrounding each one. Sometimes I think about the kind people I meet at the queues, or I’ll consider times when I met the band, or new songs emerging at a show. With that in mind, here are my top 3 so far this tour:

    1) Chorzow, Poland. I had visited Gdansk a few days earlier and went to the Solidarity Museum. They were celebrating a 10 year anniversary, and it was inspiring to learn more about Lech Walesa, the Solidarity movement, and their link in a chain of events which led to the eventual downfall of communism in the former eastern bloc. Given that ‘New Year’s Day’ is about the Solidarity Movement, when Slaski Stadium turned into a Polish flag (the pitch waved red flags and the stands waved white flags) when U2 performed NYD, I teared up knowing that the generation attending that particular show are direct beneficiaries of those who had sacrificed themselves during that movement. That moment during the concert was deeply moving.

    2) Zagreb , Croatia II. As I explained in aa previous entry in my blog, I had left the queue at noon, frustrated because the security was incompetent and had jumbled up the order we had in place since the early morning. As I was on the Tram heading back to my hostel, I saw U2 fans congregating outside of the Hotel Regent. I got off the Tram and figured what better way to erase the bad memories of the morning than to see the band. Lo and behold, Larry comes out to shake hands with everyone. Then Bono and Adam come out to sign autographs. I was abel to get them to sign my philosophy book – Will Durant’s The Story of Philosophy! Going back to the venue afterward, my friend Andreas from Sweden saved a spot for me second row centre. The concert itself was amazing. As I now prefer, Streets was played immediately after Walk On, and One was played after the Tutu speech. Another friend, Simona from Italy got up on stage and danced during Mysterious Ways. For such a small venue, the fans in Maksimir Stadium was as loud as Camp Nou in Barcelona – the largest stadium in Europe. At the end of the night, Phil (Bono’s tech) fulfilled his promise from the night before, and gave me Bono’s setlist! What a night and what a show!

    3) Chicago, Illinois II. The queue was easy to manage, and although I missed the people I camped out with the previous night, there were still very kind people to chat with while in line. My friend Chris and I made it front row centre again, and U2 did something surprising – they finally played Your Blue Room – I was stunned! It was a great weekend overall, and I was happy to finally make it over to Chicago for a U2 concert.

  • daniel September 26, 2009 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Hi, Joe –
    I’m going to the October 1st show in Charlottesville, VA, and I’m curious as to why our GA field tickets list a row and seat assignment. For example, Row: GA9 Seat: 230.
    I noticed the picture of your ticket that definitely looked different. Do you have any insight on this? I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thanks for sharing all the great info! 🙂

    Daniel – Richmond, VA

  • Joseph Ahorro September 26, 2009 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Hi Daniel,
    Don’t worry about the Row and Set encoding on the ticket. I’ve seen that on other tickets I’ve had, and I think they are just there to help ticketmaster account for all the tickets they have out there. As far as I know, it’s first-come-first-serve on the floor. Just to be safe, I recommend calling ticketmaster to make sure. Take care,
    Joe

  • greg October 5, 2009 at 2:06 am Reply

    Hey Joe,

    Amazing info. Thank-you!! Thank-you!! from one U2 fan to another. I realize U2 has had the “pit” or inner circle area since at least the Elevation Tour, but it sounds like 360 has multiple pit-like areas and 2nd and (3rd?) stage areas. Can you describe the various GA areas on the 360 tour and maybe pros and cons of each? Sorry if this is elsewhere on your webpage! Call me a GA wannabe newbie – hoping to be in Vancouver in October!!
    Thanks again for all you’ve posted here!

    Greg – Winnipeg, Canada

  • Denise October 9, 2009 at 5:43 am Reply

    Hey Joe,
    Awesome blog you have here! Its great that you’ve gone to so many shows in total, let alone just on this tour.

    Going to be GA in Vancouver (my first U2 show ever!) Hope to see you there! Maybe we can watch each other’s backs in line. 🙂 Keep up the good work!

    Denise

  • Joseph Ahorro October 9, 2009 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Hey Denise, thanks for the note. Hope to see you in the queue too! The show is just around the corner 🙂
    Joe

  • Matthew November 8, 2009 at 12:51 am Reply

    Nice Work, this is much appreciated. I haven’t been to U2 since ZOO TV in Seattle and Eugene, but am looking forward to 360, the production looks amazing. I’m not in a position to drop $50 to be a U2 member does that edge me out of being able to get GA tickets? I plan on being at ticketmaster outlet when General public goes on sale will I be able to get GA? I would be grateful for any advice for strategies here.
    Keep on posting, I’ve read every one!

  • Joseph Ahorro November 11, 2009 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Hi Matthew,
    Sorry to respond to your question late, I hope it isn’t too late? You can get tickets the day they go on sale. Just make sure you’re on ticketmaster, on the page where the ticket is supposed to go on sale. Be on the page a few minutes beforehand and keep clinking refresh. It may say tickets unavailable, but it will change the SECOND the general sale goes on live — usually 10AM local time. I’ve been able to get a bunch of tickets this way, and never missed out. It’s amazing how many good seats or GAs are gone within 20 minutes. So it’s important to buy the tickets the second they go on sale, don’t miss out!
    Joe

  • Kym November 14, 2009 at 4:47 am Reply

    This is a great blog. I took my husband to his first U2 concert in Chicago. I’m so excited that it looks like they are coming to our hometown in Minneapolis. I’ve been front row in the pit before and would love to experience it again.

    Can I use my pre-sale code for GA-pit tickets?? How much do they costs? I dont’ quite understand the buzz I’m hearing about the $30 tickets. I have a breathe level fan club membership. I think pre-sale tickets are going on Monday or Tuesday. The last two concerts I searched “best seats” seats available. Thank you for answering my questions. Thank you!

  • Joseph Ahorro November 15, 2009 at 8:44 pm Reply

    Hi Kym,
    Yes, you can use your pre-sale code to buy General Admission tickets. DO NOT use the ‘best seats’ option. When buying tickets, choose the drop-down menu to select ‘GA-Standing’ or ‘General Admission Floor’ or ‘GA Floor’ or some derivative of these terms. GA tickets usually go for $55.00 + ticketmaster fees + shipping + convenience fees = totaling around $68.00 US. The $30.00 tickets are the nose-bleed tickets usually at the very pack or behind the state upper deck; you will not want these tickets. If you want front row center, you’ll need to be in the top 20 people in the queue, and be quick on the run into the pit. I may be going to the Minneapolis show, so perhaps I’ll see you and your husband there!
    Joe

  • Kym November 17, 2009 at 7:20 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    I am very happy to report that my friends who are horizon members got four GA-floor tickets. They are big fans who have traveled to see them throughout the US. It is great that fans get access to tickets in a fair way. The costs was exactly what you said, $68. I was concerned because they released 10,000 to students. The stadium is on the U of M campus. I am so excited and plan to follow your tips for getting in line. Thanks, Joe–Hope to see you in Minneapolis!
    Kym

  • Rich November 19, 2009 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Just got my GA tickets for Minneapolis (will be my 4th U2 show, and 2nd GA show – I was in the heart for the ATYCLB tour). Can you describe the different areas of the pit and the pros and cons? Maybe I missed this in your blog – I’ll double-check. Thanks for sharing your experiences! Very informative and helpful!

    -Rich

  • thegalleyslave December 13, 2009 at 8:55 pm Reply

    I’m so glad I tripped across this site! My friend and I are already gearing up for U2 in Philly, and this advice is invaluable. Thanks, mate.

  • Badger December 30, 2009 at 12:33 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    I received some reserved seat tickets to the U2 show for Oakland, CA in June but the seats are bad (upper deck behind the stage). Do you know if I can use these reserved seat tickets to go down to the general admission floor area? What if I wait in line early in the day can I use them to access the pit?

    Thanks!
    -Rob

  • Veronica C. January 29, 2010 at 2:16 am Reply

    I think you may be the most interesting U2 fan out there! How amazing would it be to follow them around the world and get to see the sights they see. I would like to personally thank you for sharing your experiences with people who cannot travel extensively.

    We didn’t meet Oct. 20, but remember how freezing the queue was at the 360 show in Phoenix?? We were not prepared for that in the SLIGHTEST, especially since it had been 100+ degrees the day before. We got to the line at 6 a.m., and I was shivering for like an hour until another fan ahead of us proffered a blanket, saying I looked freezing. I was incredibly touched by this gesture! Then I noticed other neighbors and friends offering blankets, coats, reading material, etc. to others who were less prepared. U2 fans are awesome! I think it’s because they listen to soul-filled music.

  • DannyD March 2, 2010 at 12:12 am Reply

    Hi….if anyone is interested…i have some extra tix for both Montreal shows, cost price…im not a scalper, just got extras.
    can be reached at danny.dilonardo@videotron.ca

  • elevate March 5, 2010 at 7:58 am Reply

    Hey guys, I’m looking for at least one (1) spare ticket to the show in Seattle in June…Would anyone have a spare this early, by chance?

    If not, I was planning on driving there the day before and trying to find one.

  • Joseph Ahorro March 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm Reply

    Hey elevate,
    Keep checking ticketmaster, particularly a week before the show. Chances are ticketmaster releases extra GAs. If not, there always has been extra GAs floating around in the queue, so ask around and there will be fans selling them at face value. Maybe ask at the front of the queue first to see if they heard anyone selling, and to keep you in mind if they do hear any word. Good luck!
    Joe

  • cher March 10, 2010 at 11:22 pm Reply

    Hey elevate,

    I’ve got two available GA’s for Seattle’s show. I’m now going to the SLC concert. And, in case anyone is interested, I’ve also got two for Denver as well. I had to make sure I was able to get to one of them! : )

  • Joseph Ahorro March 15, 2010 at 2:33 am Reply

    Hi Cher,
    If you haven’t found someone to take those Seattle GAs off of your hands, I have a close friend who is in dire need of them. Let me know if they are available. Email me at josephahorro@gmail.com. Thanks 🙂
    Joe

  • elevate March 30, 2010 at 8:27 am Reply

    I probably will look a week before the show on Ticketmaster like you mentioned then…

    If anyone has Seattle tickets as it gets closer to the show date, that’d be great too. Still checking out some options;)

  • elevate March 30, 2010 at 8:31 am Reply

    Joe, how do you manage to go to all these shows around the world? Flying in, etc.?

    I’ve heard the U2 concerts in Europe are the best.

  • Joseph Ahorro March 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm Reply

    Hey elevate,
    You may also want to check out u2tix.info, and on the U2 Community forum (Tickets and Trade section), where fans sell and trade tickets at face value. I’ve been able to get tickets that way for some shows where I missed the initial sale.

    European shows are a lot of fun – just the chance to see the band under different cultural settings. My U2 experiences in Chorzow, Poland were very different to places like Milan, Italy or Dublin, Ireland. I generally find in North America, notwithstanding Montreal, the crowds tend to not be as loud or boisterous compared to some crowds in Europe. I would like to see some shows in South America, where I imagine the crowds to be really into it!
    Joe

  • Nan April 14, 2010 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    A BIG thanks (along with so many others) for this great info, advice and the realization I could actually be standing 10 feet from the stage…I’m going to see them in East Lansing in June…I still don’t have tix and am planning on checking out the resources you listed…a little nervous to bet I’ll get tix in the queue…so if they allow for camping, and I don’t get to the queue until, say, 8 am, think we’ll still get up close? Thanks again!

  • Joseph Ahorro April 15, 2010 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Hi Nan,
    If I hear of anyone with spare tickets for the East Lansing show, I’ll let you know. Email me (josephahorro – at -gmail-dot-com) your email and I’ll let you know if I hear anything. Otherwise, keep checking the sources I listed, especially when the concert draws near.

    If you do get to the queue early (8AM), you’ll still get a decent spot in the pit – probably 5th row centre.

    Joe

  • Michael May 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    What a great blog entry. I’ve read through it and all your comments. Thanks for all the work to help out the rest of us who love U2!!

    My goal is just to get into the pit (the inner circle) at Soldier Field on July 6. I don’t mind if I’m at the outer edge of the crowd in the pit, so long as I get in there. If I arrive at 3:30pm, do you think there’s a significant chance I’ll be too late to get into the pit?

    Also, once I’m in the pit, if I need to leave (with a wrist band or a stamp on my hand), is there a limit to how long I can be away from the pit and still be let back in?

    Finally, I noticed that the parking site for Soldier Field says that parking opens 4 hrs before the event. What do I do if I want to park at 11am that day, to get in line early? Do you know of people who have been able to park at a Soldier Field parking site at around noon or earlier on the concert day for a U2 show?

  • Joseph Ahorro May 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm Reply

    Hi Michael,
    If you get to the queue by around 3:30 PM, you should have a good chance of getting into the pit, and be on the outer edge.

    If you leave the inner pit, security will give you a wristband or stamp your hand. I don’t think there is a time limit of how long you can be away — just make sure someone is holding your spot in the pit, and tell everyone around you that you’re just stepping way to get drinks, food, or use the washroom. You will want to leave sooner (before the opening act), rather than later, because the pit can fill up fast, and becomes difficult to return because there are more people to pass to get back.

    In so far as parking goes, you might want to find parking off site. I think that’s what others had done before the 4PM Soldier Field parking opening.
    Joe

  • BK Garceau May 14, 2010 at 8:17 am Reply

    This is just insane! Well documented, I feel so informed now! Thxs Joe

  • les342 May 19, 2010 at 12:38 am Reply

    Holy shit! I think I’m scared now. I can’t believe I’m going to do this!LOL

    Seriously, though, thanks for this. I’ve seen U2 before, but Chicago in July will be my first GA experience. This is really helpful info. Do you happen to know if I would be able to find out about whether or not cameras are allowed if I call the venue? You mentioned that, but I’d like to know for sure about Solider Field specifically. Even though my camera’s not that expensive, it’s nice enough that I’d like to know before I try to take it in.

  • Joseph Ahorro May 19, 2010 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Hi les342,
    I was at the Chicago shows in the fall, and the definitely allow point-and-shoot cameras. They disallow ‘professional’ SLR cameras with long zoom lenses. They announced at Solider Field that any lenses that were longer than 2-3 inches would not be allowed. But any standard point-and-shoot handheld digital cameras are certainly no problem at all. I’ve never had an issue bringing mine to any venue.

    If you have any other questions, feel free to ask!

    Joe

  • Anonymous August 30, 2010 at 5:50 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    I am an 18yr old who lives in Australia and I am planning to go to the Sydney show on Dec 13th for the 360 Down Under tour. I have never been to a U2 concert before, but I am a massive fan and have always dreamt of going. Like many fans, I am determined to get in the front row of the pit. What should I expect in Sydney with the queue? When do you think I should get there to line up so I can get at the front?

    Your advice would be much appreciated, as your blog is really informative and helpful. Thank you for making this site 🙂

    S

  • Joe August 30, 2010 at 7:00 pm Reply

    I’m not too sure what to expect in Sydney to be honest. Given that it’s been a while since U2 have been in Australia, I’d expect a lot of people waiting in the queue on the first day, most likely people camping out the day or two before. If you have the time, you can consider camping out the day before – that’s a lot of fun. Looking at the tour schedule, I am almost certain U2 will add another day or two after the initial Sydney show. If you don’t want to camp out for the first night, you could watch the first show close to the front by only lining up the morning of the first show, and then go back to the queue for the second show. It’ll be tiring, but you can sleep all day and be rested for the second show. In short, you don’t spend as much time in the queue for the second show, and you can be much closer than the first. I did this in Chicago to great effect.
    Joe

  • Anonymous August 31, 2010 at 11:02 am Reply

    Hey Joe,
    I’m hoping to end up in the pit in Sydney but I’m a small girl (5 foot 1). What do you think? Will I get crushed? Will I see anything at all?!
    Thanks!
    evie

  • Joe September 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Hi Evie,
    If you are able to make it to a rail position in the pit, you’ll be quite alright in terms of view. Even if you are in the second or third row, you’ll have a good view of the band since the stage is pretty high up.

    I have found, with the exception of Italian venues, that there isn’t much of a crush in the pit. U2 fans tend to be more respectful and do not treat the GA as a mosh pit. There is the occasional drunk who may make it less fun around them, but that is rare. If it does happen, I just ask security to take of it, and they usually escort them away. Otherwise, I’ve usually found the pit to be a lot of fun!
    Joe

  • Bertus October 23, 2010 at 4:23 pm Reply

    Hey Joe, I recently got my pre-sale GA tickets for the Cape Town show next year. This guide of yours is really useful! Thanks a lot!

    Btw, the concert promoters in South Africa have stated that they will determine who gets into the pit one day prior to the concert. They are apparently going to do this by giving armbands to those who get to the stadium the day before the show.

    Is this normal practice? Because from what I’ve read here and elsewhere its usually reserved for those who manage to get there first once the gates have opended. I guess this policy is good in that it ensures that people who que the longest get the best spots, but on the other hand it will probably cause many more people to camp out.

    How many people do you figure fits into the pit and, in your experience, how many people tend to camp out for shows like this. (sorry if all these questions are a bit tedious, but I doubt whether U2 will tour South Africa again, so I don’t want to mess this up…)

    Thanx again for the great blog!

    Bertus

  • Joe October 27, 2010 at 12:03 am Reply

    Hi Bertus,
    I heard that the South African shows will have a different procedure of getting into the inner circle – rather unique for this tour. If they are giving out wristbands ahead of time, I really do hope that those who queue up the earliest get in the earliest. You’re right, it may prompt more people to camp out. My fear is that the wristband allocation is randomized or that a lottery system is initiated. Let’s hope the security don’t arbitrarily give out wrist bands as they did in Glasgow during the Vertigo Tour (correct me if I’m wrong).

    As for your other question, the pit fits well over 2000 people.

    I hope this helps!
    Joe

  • Stu November 17, 2010 at 10:24 am Reply

    Brilliant post! Going to Auckland show next Thursday. For vertigo, was in heart – was brilliant (of course)! Didn’t queue up till about 2pm. No problem getting in – the only annoyance was that about 1/3 of places were reserved for “VIPs” who rushed in expecting to be at front. Hopefully they will be in red zone this time! Now just need to figure whether to go front or back of circle. Would like to see the show. How much or the time are they on the walkway?

  • Joe November 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm Reply

    Hi Stu,
    Hopefully they’ll play One Tree Hill for you guys there in Auckland! I’d say they spend about 25-40% of the time on the walkway – depending on how they feel. The real value of being at the back of the circle is that you can see the larger production (i.e. screen and light show) which you can’t see at the front.
    Joe

  • Stu November 18, 2010 at 8:05 am Reply

    Hi Joe. Thanks again for the great info – think I will aim for back of circle to take it the amazing show. They are certain to play the local favourite – the local fan club have organised to have red balloons released during it. The Auckland stadium is small so the claw takes up a big area. Also going to Sydney which is in a huge stadium, but no chance of getting in circle as I arrive on the day.
    Cheers, Stu

  • Sara H. December 16, 2010 at 7:32 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for this wonderful article. I was fortunate enough to see U2 on their Elevation tour in 2001. As my other favorite band just ended — a-ha — I want to see U2 again though I doubt they’d quite anytime soon. This time, though, I would LOVE to do GA! My question for you is, is it worth risking by just going early without any tickets and asking around if anyone will sell their extras? How much do the extras run for usually? And is it safe to do this with two people? THanks so much for your time in putting this togther.

  • Anonymous December 16, 2010 at 9:18 am Reply

    Hi Joe,
    It’s Evie again and just wanted to say THANK YOU so much for your great advice and all the info you posted. I planned to aim for the rail but once I got in there it was practically full so I missed out (even though I was no.134 in the queue somehow thousands beat me in there). Anyway, I had a fantastic time in the pit!
    Btw, I think we passed each other on Sunday night outside the stadium but I realised too late and didn’t say hi unfortunately. Hope you had a great time in Sydney too.

    Evie

  • Daphne December 21, 2010 at 10:17 am Reply

    Thanks for all the tips! It’s thanks to the info in your blog post that my friend and I were front rail 2nd row at our first U2 GA (Perth, 20 Dec 2010 – spotted you there!). We’re converts for life now.

    Daphne

  • Greg January 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Hi Joe

    Warm greetings from South Africa!

    I wanted to thank you for the fantastic information that you give in your GA Guide notes, and wanted to ask a favour if at all possible.

    As I’m sure you are aware, U2 are eventually returning to South Africa next month after a 13 year gap. I, in addition to being a huge fan, am also the editor of a local infotainment blog site called The BlaBla Blog (www.blabla.co.za).

    We’ve been compiling information and advice to fans going to the SA concerts since before the official announcements were made, and have been wanting to do a new post giving advice about making the best use out of GA tickets and getting into the Inner Circle area succesully.

    I’d like to know if we could use elements and information from your posts either here on U2.com or from your OnlineOnTheHorizon pages, with full credit and links of course. I won’t use everything and will provide links to your pages advising people to read them for more information. I would like to use at least one of your stadium diagrams to illustrate the post.

    Also, I’d love to include a quote, suggestion, any personal insight or recommendation that you might have for U2 fans that isn’t in your posts specifically. It would really be great for me to be able to personalise the post somewhat in this regard. I’d really like to write a post about a U2 super-fan, but am happy to run the copy past you before we publish for you to approve. Obviously, if you’d prefer to keep it fact and information based, that’d work too.

    Either way, if you are ammenable to any of this, please let me know via email reply to greg [at] blabla.co.za, via PM on the U2.com board – I am GregZA there -, or using the contact form on our blog at http://www.blabla.co.za/contact

    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Thanks & regards
    Greg

  • Simon January 31, 2011 at 8:50 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    probably a bit of a crystal ball question, but i wondered what the chances are of being able to buy a reasonably priced ga ticket in the queue if i turn up really early the morning of the new meadowlands (nyc) gig?

    I noticed your comment:
    “At EVERY show that I’ve been to (Europe, North America, Australia), there has always been a handful of GA tickets that need to be sold by fans to other fans at face-value in the queue”.

    of course, i know it would be a risk (how much i suppose is my question).

    the only alternative it seems is to buy a ticket from a website such as viagogo – this will sting me about £250 GBP or $400 USD (that’s including booking fee & shipping to UK).

    Any thoughts would be helpful.
    Thanks for your time,
    Simon.

  • Joe January 31, 2011 at 11:09 pm Reply

    Hi Simon,
    Continue to check http://u2tix.info/ or the Zootopia forums to see if people are selling GA tickets. I wouldn’t buy from scalpers, when I know there are fans out there who have spares to sell at face value to other fans.
    Joe

  • Natalie Platte February 7, 2011 at 2:34 pm Reply

    Will you be at the South African shows?

  • Joe February 9, 2011 at 5:40 pm Reply

    Hi Natalie,
    Unfortunately, I can’t make it to South Africa :(. I can’t see them all, although I try!

  • Cecilia Sierra February 16, 2011 at 2:54 am Reply

    Are you going to Argentina (April 2)?
    I bougth my GA tickets through U2.com presale and I´ll be arriving at the venue the same day at around 12am where I have to pick up the tickets. I hope It`s not too late for gettin`in the inner circle. Hope to see you there. Thanks for all the advice!
    Cecilia
    from Uruguay

  • Marcia Walker February 18, 2011 at 11:50 pm Reply

    Joe, I don’t know how to thank you enough! Its 2 in the morning here and I just got back from the Cape Town show. At 6 pm my husband and I were still outside the stadium without a ticket for him and by 7pm we were in the inner circle. Got a ticket (at about $10 over face value) because of your advice to buy at the stadium, got into the inner circle because of your map and the fact that nobody else realised you don’t need special tickets for it. Blew my mind completely!

  • Joe February 21, 2011 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Hey Marcia,
    That is an amazing story! I am really happy my map helped you and your husband get into the inner circle 🙂
    For posterity, I recorded the u2.com broadcast of the Cape Town show, so now you can listen to that special night over and over!
    Take care,
    Joe

  • Baron April 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm Reply

    Wow great read… I was wondering if you could help me out. I have tickets for the upcoming Anaheim show… have 4 pit tickets. I am planning to get there 6am to stand in line. Here are my questions…

    1. What time did the venues you went to usually pass out bands (number you)? I know each venue is different but just wondering?
    2. What time did the venue open the gates for the pit? Where did you decide to go? Inner Circle or Outer front? I would love to be front and center… but what did you like that area?
    3. I read about letting your friend jump in line… since I have 3 buddies coming they can not make it until 3pm or so… will they be able to come near me? Or should they just be there at 6am with me?

    Thanks for your help…

  • Cecilia Sierra April 5, 2011 at 12:12 am Reply

    I am from Uruguay and had to travel some to go to Argentina`s show on april 2. After a lot of trouble I arrived at La Plata Stadium at 3 pm and they were saying there were more than 10.000 queuing before me. When I got into the stadium the front of the stage was crammed. I sat under one of the claw`s legs feeling very tired and depressed. 10 minutes later, a security guard called saying 200 more people were allowed to enter the inner circle: I went running like a mad person and when I entered I was so happy I couldn`t restrain from crying!

  • Steve April 13, 2011 at 1:55 am Reply

    I’m planning on going to the New Jersey show in July. GA is the plan but I was wondering If you knew the policies on cigarett smoking. Also what I should expect to pay for a beer. If you know please fill me in. Thanks

  • Joe April 20, 2011 at 12:54 pm Reply

    Hi Steve,
    At all the venues I’ve been to in North America, there is no smoking inside the pit area. They may have designated areas outside of the pit. You probably should contact the venue of its policy. Regarding beer, my friends tell me that it’s around $8.00 at a Jersey show.
    Hope this helps!
    Joe

  • Peter April 25, 2011 at 4:18 am Reply

    Thanks so much for writing about this! I plan on getting GA tickets for the July 8th show in Montreal. This is a great guide! Hopefully, I can meet Bono. (I’ve met Larry, The Edge and Adam already in NYC). Cheers!

  • Jorge May 8, 2011 at 4:04 pm Reply

    Hey dude,

    thanks for your info! I’ve been waiting to see U2 for MANY years. I got tickets for Las Vegas last year and couldn’t make it because of work. Then I got tickets for Denver and the tour got postponed. Now finally in a couple of weeks my wife and I will drive up to Denver to the show, and then we’ll drive to Salt Lake City for their next show! We have GA tickets for both of them so we’ll try to make it inside the circle at least once. Hope to see you on the line to personally thank you for giving me a clear idea about how to do this =)

  • Fernando May 10, 2011 at 1:25 am Reply

    Thanks so much for the guide, it was really helpful!

  • Falling Creek HOA May 12, 2011 at 4:38 pm Reply

    Joe,

    Taking my 13 year old daughter (most passionate U2 fan on earth) to the Nashville (Vanderbilt stadium)show on July 2nd. I really apreciate your effort and insight. My girl is strong and tall, think it is a good idea to attempt the pit? A little apprehensive that it might be a little physically intensive, especially if the weather is warm.Also, this stadium is the smallest on tour that I know of, any thoughts on how that might affect our strategy. Your opinion would be greatly welcomed. Cheers!

  • Joe May 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm Reply

    Peter –
    I’m glad you found the guide to be helpful! See you in Montreal!

    Jorge –
    The wait will be worth it – trust me. I wish I could go to Denver and SLC, but I just got back from Mexico City and need some time to catch up with work. Winnipeg is my next show. Have a great time!

    Fernando –
    Glad it helps! Are you the one I met in the Mexico City queue for the second night?

    Joe

  • Dan May 20, 2011 at 8:47 pm Reply

    Wow this has been really helpful thank you.

    I am going to the show in Winnipeg, any suggestions on when I should be lining up for that show?

  • Joe May 23, 2011 at 11:47 pm Reply

    Hi Dan,
    What time you should line up for the show really depends on your expectations. If you want to be in the first few rows in the pit, I’d suggest getting there early Sunday morning, like at 8-9AM.
    Joe

  • Fernando May 23, 2011 at 11:59 pm Reply

    Hey Joe, Yes i’m the same guy who you met on the GA queue. 🙂

    I saw you later that day inside the inner circle, but you were on Edge’s side and I was more in between Bono and Adam, and it was pretty crowded. It was nice meeting you.

  • tea troll May 26, 2011 at 3:01 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    I can’t thank you enough for this information! This was exactly what I was looking for in preparation for Seattle! When U2 played Seattle for Popmart we were able to work at the venue during soundcheck, only to not have the boys do a soundcheck… (well it was the last date of the tour.)

    I plan on snooping around the stadium the night before to see if people are lining up. If they are I think a camp out is in order. Maybe we’ll see you in line. 🙂

    Noticing how many shows you have seen, I have to ask how in the crazy heck you manage it?! I can manage two shows that are close to home in the same tour, but traveling through multiple countries honestly beyond my vacation time!

    FYI, the last few times they stayed at the Four Seasons hotel, but no guarantees they will do that again.

    Cheers, Dawn (aka, tea troll)

  • Joe May 27, 2011 at 1:11 pm Reply

    Hi Dawn,
    Thanks for the note. I’m glad you found it helpful!

    I plan to camp out for the Seattle show. I will be flying in Friday evening and will head straight to the stadium – that will be my accommodation for the evening 🙂

    Multiple shows can be tiring, but totally worth it. I would regret it if I didn’t see as many shows as I can!

    See you in Seattle Dawn,
    Joe

  • Winnipeg guy in Seattle May 27, 2011 at 10:37 pm Reply

    Can you come and go from the inner circle once you get in or do you have to stay? How crowded will it get. When I was in Milwaukee in 2005, it was not crowded at all. I will be at the Seattle show and was also wondering how long to wait in line to get into the inner circle? Just curious, any info would help

  • Joe May 28, 2011 at 10:59 am Reply

    Hi Winnipeg guy from in Seattle

    – Yes, you can leave the pit once you’re in. They’ll stamp you when you leave so you can come back. Although the later you leave, the harder it is to get through the crowd to get back to your spot.

    – You could probably still show up at 5PM and get into the inner pit, but would be farther on the sides.
    The earlier you show up, the closer you are essentially.

    Hope this helps.
    Joe

  • Anonymous June 2, 2011 at 4:06 am Reply

    Will we see you in Seattle? Joy

  • Joe June 2, 2011 at 9:29 pm Reply

    Hi Joy,
    Yes, I’ll be in Seattle. I hope to see you there!
    Joe

  • Anonymous June 3, 2011 at 2:42 am Reply

    This helped out alot planning for our first ever U2 concert. Thanks so much for the tips. We’ll be at the Seattle concert on Saturday and we’re super excited. Lining up early for the GA. 😉 Thanks so much.
    -Lizzie

  • elevate June 6, 2011 at 4:52 am Reply

    Hey Joe/all – I’m looking for 2 tickets to the show in Chicago on July 5th, and 4 tickets (if possible) to the one in Minneapolis on the 23rd. All GA Standing, if available.

    Can anyone help me out?

    Thanks!

    Logan.

  • Joe June 7, 2011 at 5:45 pm Reply

    Hi Lizzie,
    I’m glad the guide worked out! I hope you enjoyed the Seattle show as much as I did 🙂

    ————-

    Hi Logan,
    In my guide, I mention checking out the Zootopia forums where members sell and trade tickets at face value. There is also u2tix.info that does the same.

    Joe

  • Anonymous June 7, 2011 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Hey again, Joe,
    The Seattle show was awesome! We were right up front by The Edge and saw you front and center, but were too far away to say hi. It was so amazing being that close; you’re right, there’s no other way but GA! Hopefully I can experience a 360 show again.

    Thanks again,
    Lizzie

  • Steve B June 9, 2011 at 2:46 pm Reply

    Thank you very much for the information you posted on GA. Our family is going to the show in East Lansing, June 26. We are bringing our 3 boys ages 13, 11, 9 to the show…it’s their first U2 concert! My youngest is about 4.5 ft tall and I was wondering what your advice was for us so that he’d have the best opportunity to see. Do you have a recommendation for our family on what area of GA might be best for us? I’m concerned mainly about roudiness of crowd and for our kids to be able to see. Not sure if it’s better to be back or closer to front. I was thinking maybe near the outside rail?

    Any thoughts our advice you can provide is very much appreciated. Thank you.

  • Isaiah June 13, 2011 at 6:34 am Reply

    Hello Joe, just want to say thanks again This is Isaiah. My son Dylan and I also met Paul McGinnis during the show!! I have a photo just not sure how to upload to your site,
    Peace,
    Isaiah

  • Joe June 14, 2011 at 3:58 pm Reply

    Hi Lizzie,
    Thanks for the note. Yes, once you see one show in the GA, you’ll want a second (or more)! Hope to see you at another show.

    ———–

    Hi Isaiah,
    Great to hear you met Paul McGuinness – a tough guy to meet and open up with!

    Joe

  • Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 5:47 pm Reply

    Your tips were so helpful! I think the Winnipeg crowd was so subdued…too much actually and I don’t think the boys were at 100% either. but, still a great experience. Onward to Minneapolis

    -Rixchix

  • Anonymous June 14, 2011 at 8:56 pm Reply

    hi joe first of all great website! my question is we are going to baltimore june 22 do you think it would be better to enter the stadium at a gate near the stage or away from it

  • Joe June 14, 2011 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Hi Rixchix,
    Yah, the Winnipeg crowd was a bit more subdued, but I think it was because it was cold, and most of the show was performed while there was light out. Hard to really get into the mood when it isn’t dark yet. Minneapolis should be a lot warmer!

    ————

    Hi Anonymous,
    If you have a choice of which gate to go through, choose the one closer to the stage. This assumes that it is a shorter line and the gate will open at the same time. Multiple GA gate entries are always a nightmare because the gates don’t always open simultaneously. In the end, you just need to be a good sport about it, hope for the best, plan for the worst, and be happy where ever you end up in the pit.

    Joe

  • Falling Creek HOA June 15, 2011 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Joe,
    Any ideas about the Nashville show? Where to enter and best time to show up for inner circle?

    Thanks,
    David

  • Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Joe, excellent guide, thanks! And as someone who has done GA at several U2 shows over the past three tours, your advice is spot-on. Especially about “making friends” if you need to leave the inner circle. The later it gets, the more (understandably) protective people are of letting someone get past them, which can make getting back to your position quite difficult at times. I have also personally found that it helps to wear brightly colored or descriptive shirts, to make yourself more readily identifiable to people when you are trying to navigate back through, as well as make your friend(s) easier to spot in the crowd (if you do not have the fortune of having a spot right along the rail)

    Queing up has usually been a smooth experience, with the exception of the Rose Bowl last year. That ended up being quite the mess, with many of us stuck for quite awhile in a crush of people. At the time, I dealt with it but now I am pregnant, which makes me much more nervous for anything like this happening at tomorrow night’s show in Anaheim… Still, hopeful that everything will go well and that it will be yet another amazing show!

  • Anonymous June 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm Reply

    joe i plan on getting to the baltimore venue about 8 a.m. and parking in the stadium lot (i purchased a parking pass, because i understand parking nearby is limited) my question is how early do these lots normally open? i cant find any info on when i can enter the lot

  • chrisitine June 17, 2011 at 9:33 pm Reply

    Thanks for your informative blog! Hope to see you in line tomorrow in Anaheim!

  • Kevin June 18, 2011 at 7:55 pm Reply

    Hey Joe,
    Amazing! That is the only word I could come up with when checking out your site/blog. Having been to 46 U2 shows myself, I could have used you about 25 years ago!!!

    What time (day before the show) do they usually start making the list? Where can you find the person? I always end up guessing it and it is hit or miss. For example,,, the U2 show on 7/5? What time should I get there on 7/4? Help a brother out!

    Kevin
    theacrobatnation@sbcglobal.net

  • Michael June 20, 2011 at 5:56 pm Reply

    Joe Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information. Because of your diligent postings, we was able to have one of the most magical concert experiences at the 2nd Anaheim show. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

  • Joe June 20, 2011 at 7:39 pm Reply

    Sorry to respond late to the questions, I just got back from Anaheim for the U2 shows there.

    Hi Anonymous,
    Yes, wearing something bright can be a clever way to be remembered when you walk back into the pit after an early washroom or water run. Great idea!

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    Hi Anonymous,
    Parking in Baltimore… I am not sure how early lots open in general to be honest. I reckon they differ according to each venue.

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    HI Christine,
    I hope you enjoyed Anaheim!

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    Hi Kevin,
    These days, the people starting the GA list can start as early as 8AM the day before the show, or sometimes two days before (depending on the size of the market (i.e. Los Angeles or NY). Just look around the stadium venue to see where there is a group of people and some lawn chairs stationed to assign people numbers.

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    Hi Michael,
    I’m glad the guide helped. Anaheim 2 was amazing!

    Joe

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  • Jorge Morellon June 21, 2011 at 4:24 am Reply

    “Amigo Joe”…looking forward to read your reviews for Anaheim, glad you made it back home safe and sound…Jorge (San Fran)

  • Nate Belcik June 21, 2011 at 6:11 am Reply

    As a person who memorized this guide before my first U2 show; I’m 16 and wish I could’ve seen them on earlier tours, its nice to see I’m one of the pictures from the Seattle show, awesome! Anyways, thanks for the help Joe, my friend and I ended up with great spots second row on the outer rail, dead center, and we had a nice comfortable day in the queue! Thanks!

  • Carola June 21, 2011 at 3:06 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    We’re going to the show in Montreal on July 8 with our two kids, aged 8 and 13. What would be your advice as to the safest place to go with them? At the very back, arriving just an hour before the show? Thnks!

  • barks June 24, 2011 at 1:46 pm Reply

    Hey Joe
    Thanks for all the info and suggestions. Taking my three sons with my wife to the July 11th Toronto Show. It will be their first concert, I thought it should be with the right band. Any advice for Toronto? My wife and I went to the Sept 16th 2009 Show in Toronto and got into the que at 3pm, and made it into the pit, back rail by outer stage on Edge’s side. It was a great night. Will you be at Toronto? That is so amazing that you have been able to go to so many shows. very lucky man.

  • Anonymous June 27, 2011 at 3:33 am Reply

    Hi Joe, I absolutely loved your blog! Very usefull.
    I am attending the Saturday July 9 concert in Montreal. I am very nervous b/c of many factors:(i) first time in a U2 concert, (ii) first time in Montreal, (iii) I am traveling from South America so I would have only a few hours in the city -as I arrive the night before, and (iv) I am attending the concert by myself.
    Are you attending this concert? If so, is there any chance we can meet up? What time are you planning to get to the queue?
    I look forward to hearing from you,
    Patricia

  • Scott June 27, 2011 at 4:48 am Reply

    Hey Joe,

    I’m about to attend my first U2 show ever. Gonna see them in Nashville, and I’m very excited. I want to get either in the inner pit or right along the wall of the outer pit. What time do you think would be best to get there? I didn’t know if Nashville would be different than the rest since they haven’t played there in over 25 years.

    Thanks so much.

    Scott

  • Joe June 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm Reply

    Hi Nate,
    Glad to hear you got an amazing spot for your show!

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    Hi Carola,
    If you are coming an hour before the show, perhaps at the back would be good. You could also try going to the side behind the Red Zone if there is any open spots to move around.

    ————

    Hi Barks,
    Toronto advice? You tell me! I was there for Vertigo, but not for 360. Not sure what to expect in the queue there. I imagine there will be a big caravan of fans coming in from the Montreal shows. I’ll get there sometime the day before the show. Hope to see you in line!

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    Hi Patricia,
    Are you only attending one Montreal show? You should see both! If you get to Montreal the night before, head to the stadium and see if you can get a ticket to see the Friday show. Then head back to the queue to see the next show.

    I don’t think there is much to be nervous of. I’ve gone by myself on this tour to Europe and Australia and never found it difficult to make new friends – that’s part of the exciting nature of a U2 concert. You will find that making new friends in the U2 line is easy and fun!

    I’ll be going back to the queue after the Friday show (around 11:30PM), so that’s where I’ll be with all my friends. Come by and say hi!

    ————

    Hi Scott,
    I think Nashville won’t have as long of a line as say Los Angeles which has a dense population. I reckon by the morning of the show (6AM) in Nashville, there will be no more than 200 people in line. If I were you, get to the line to get a number the day before the show.

    Joe

  • Anonymous July 4, 2011 at 2:32 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Your writing brings back great memories of queuing in GA lines during the last few tours. The one that stands out for me was waiting outside all day in Montreal in November 2005. It must have been -20C. But people had guitars and we sang U2 songs. It’s great when you’re not the only one who knows all the words. For the Montreal 360 show I decided to get Red Zone tickets. Can you tell me if holding a Red Zone ticket will only get you into the Red Zone, or if you can also access the inner circle?

    Thanks,
    Michael

  • Anonymous July 5, 2011 at 3:24 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks so much for your amazing blog. I hadn’t really thought much about going to see U2 until I read your guide to GA. Your detailed description of the inner circle made the whole crazy concept of spending a day in line seem worth it and as such got me longing for such an experience. So I called up my old college buddys that saw U2 with me at the Big O in 1987 and we are going to be at Friday’s show in Montreal.

    See you in the queue and thanks again.

    5 Gen-X dudes (Jocelin, Dave, Paul, Simon and Louis).

  • Joe July 5, 2011 at 8:48 pm Reply

    Hi Michael,
    The general admission queue can be a lot of fun – a chance to make friends and develop community. Luckily, Montreal in July will be really warm!

    Some venues let RZ into the pit, and others don’t. Personally, I’m not a fan of that – perhaps read my Anaheim 1 review.

    ————–

    Hi Joceline, Dave, Paul, Simon, and Louis,
    Wow, I’m glad the guide was fun enough to read to inspire you to go to the Montreal show! You’ll probably find me near the front of the queue. Please say hi!

    Joe

  • Anonymous July 7, 2011 at 3:35 am Reply

    Joe,
    Your guide helped my friend Rachel and I have an amazing time in Chicago yesterday! It was her first U2 show ever, my second (first time in GA) and without you, we would have been lost. Instead, we knew what to expect in the line and had an amazing time in the pit! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

    Jamie

  • Joe July 7, 2011 at 3:39 am Reply

    Hi Jamie,
    I’m so glad everything worked out for you and Rachel! I saw the set list for Chicago – wow! One Tree Hill!
    Take care,
    Joe

  • BonnyVox July 8, 2011 at 8:57 pm Reply

    Joe, thank you so much for this guide – it’s amazingly chock full of useful information!!! Will you be attending the Philly 360 show on 7/14/11?? If you haven’t got a ticket, I might have an extra GA!! (It doesn’t look like my son can get off from work). Email me at bonnyvox@popstar.com. Thanks again for the guide IT TOTALLY FREAKIN ROCKS!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous July 10, 2011 at 3:48 pm Reply

    Hello Joe,

    Thanks again for everything, your guide was excellent, I was behind you in the second show in Montreal, the 13 hours on the queue where nothing thanks to you and I had a lot of energy for the show, water and granola bars! haha I had some very nice pictures of the show and us in the pit that I want to send you, send me an email to escribepues@gmail.com

    Hope to see you again for another show!

    Dan

  • Christine July 11, 2011 at 2:17 am Reply

    Ho Joe,

    just a quick note to say thank you for your guide- I came upon it browsing for info about the Montreal show and your tips helped us get into the inner circle with only 7 spots left yesterday when we came in around 5pm- we took a chance and went straight to the front and were some of the last to get in. Watching the show from that privileged vantage point last night was beyond amazing. Thanks for helping it happen!

    Cheers,
    Christine

  • Peggy Xanthakis July 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, great feedback. I just saw the 360 show in Montreal on July 8th. I was there at 4:15 and got a good spot in the middle of the outercircle just outside of the pit. (I also got to keep my chair with me the entire time…my friend had hers taken away when she arrived at 6pm). Our friends found us even though theya arrived at 6:30 and noone complained. Some people did push themselves to the front at the last minute but we did not complain about it. The one big negative was that I had packed a big lunch & snacks which security rudely threw out without asking me, claiming no food was allowed because we needed to buy food inside. We ended up spending over $20.00 to eat a crappy sandwich and chips. I was extremely dissapointed in this and feel that U2 should not allow such things to happen. Other than that it was a great experience. Peggy X

  • Julie K July 12, 2011 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    I would like to thank you for your guidance in whole GA experience. I will be going to the concert in NJ on July 20th and was wondering if I could join your company since I’ll be going alone. Also, I have an extra ticket GA that I’d like to sell.
    luckykitten75@yahoo.com. Julie

  • Anonymous July 13, 2011 at 12:21 am Reply

    here a video that i recorded, full hd from front row, dont miss the ending when the band says goodbye

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Rla4Vtr8eo

    Dan

  • Joe July 13, 2011 at 7:15 pm Reply

    Hi BonnyVox,
    Thanks for the note. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to make it to the Philly show. You’ll probably see my friends Amp (wears a red turban) and Drew (usually wears a Philly jacket) near the front of the queue. Say hi to them for me!

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    Hey Dan,
    It was great to meet you at the Montreal show – I’m glad you had a good time. Nice to meet you!

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    Hi Christine,
    I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the show!

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    Hi Peggy,
    Yes I did find the security to be very draconian when it came to water and food. $5.00 for a bottle of water?! Robbery I tell you! I try to sneak some snacks in, knowing most venues disallow food in (which is unfortunate). Still, I found the food and drink costs at the Hippodrome to be outrageous.

    ———

    Hi Julie,
    Unfortunately, I won’t be at the Jersey show either 🙁 I’ll ask around to see who needs a spare GA ticket and will email you. Thanks!

    ———

    Hi Dan,
    Great video, great memories!

    Joe

  • Ken and Michelle July 14, 2011 at 5:16 am Reply

    Hey Joe, thank you so much for your information and help/advice. My wife Michelle was behind you in the seattle show and since then she has become a GA junkie (Anaheim, Montreal). While we have always loved U2, it has trancended to an experience. I braved the GA line in Montreal and now she has convinced me to do it in Minnesota. What I have witnessed in the GA line and what Michelle has added with her experiences, it seems like one big happy family and I only wish I had discovered it sooner. Again thank you for Blog and advice. Hope to see you and Jorge in Minnesota.

    Ken

  • Anonymous July 14, 2011 at 5:49 am Reply

    Hey Joe

    Awesome awesome site. Many thanks for such an AMAZING effort. I’ve been a u2 nut since the War Tour but haven’t been on the floor in over a decade.

    Quick question- I have GA tix for NJ on 7/20 my girlfriend’s FIRST show. I want the experience to be amazing for her (for me I dont care where I am). I worry about one thing- She is 5 feet 0. Is she going to be too small to enjoy herself if we are in the pit?

    Any specific spots you (or anyone else) can think to position ourselves for my tiny first timer to have a blast?

    Stupid question?

    Thanks
    Sean Quinn

  • Joe July 14, 2011 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Hi Ken and Michelle,
    It has been great to meet the two of you. Once you GA, it’s hard not to do it any other way! I’m glad you’ve been able to see that the GA is more than getting into the pit, that it’s about the larger community experience! Enjoy the Minneapolis show! See you in the future!

    ———

    Hi Sean,
    The front rail is ideal, but would require getting into the queue the morning before. It’s a lot easier to make to the outer rail. You can see the entire production and stage, the catwalk is a lot lower than the front, and the band does walk around there frequently. I recommend going to Giants Stadium the morning before to see what the queue looks like, and what kind of rules the queue managers plan to implement there. You may see my friends Colleen (from Vermont) and Pat (Arkansas) who may be helping running the line. Say hi to them for me!
    Joe

  • Anonymous July 18, 2011 at 3:13 am Reply

    Hey Joe,
    Do you have any info about the July 20th concert at the Meadowlands?

    I am curious because there were certain rules for the 2009 concert at the old stadium and I was wondering which gate to go to, what time you’re actually allowed to line up if you are G.A. and such.

    In 2009 , no one was allowed at the stadium until the early morning of the concert. I read above that people are going there the morning before?

    Thanks-
    Alys

  • Miriam July 19, 2011 at 3:40 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this site!! This is so helpful, we are so grateful.
    If the opening act is scheduled to play at 7pm, what time will U2 get on stage?
    ~Miriam

  • Anonymous July 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm Reply

    Thanks Joe for your help and pointers. I will look for your friends and say hello!

    best regards
    sean

  • Joe July 20, 2011 at 3:40 am Reply

    Hi Alys,
    My apologies for the delay in posting a response. I’m not familiar with the gate situation at the New Meadowlands. There will always be a queue somewhere, so I suggest walking around the stadium to see where everyone is.

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    Hi Miriam,
    U2 will usually come on between 9 to 9:15PM.

    ———-

    Hi Sean,
    Enjoy the show! Say hi to everyone at the beginning of the queue for me!

    Cheers,
    Joe

  • Anonymous July 20, 2011 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Having followed U2 for 31 years and counting(last gig was Glastonbury)I am wondering how I managed 86 gigs without asking anyone for advice about how to queue up.Is this an American thing cos here in Ireland we just turn up and enjoy ourselves!

  • Joe July 20, 2011 at 4:06 pm Reply

    Hi Anonymous,
    General admission in North America is relatively new. Laws had prevented general admission for the longest time, but 10 years ago it was allowed for arenas, and it was new for stadiums this tour. People had legitimate questions about the GA, particularly about bringing children into the pit.

    But as my Guide concluded, the GA is more than just getting into the pit or finding a good spot, but also about making new friends and developing a sense of community with other U2 fans. Sounds corny, I know, but I swear by it! I love all the friends I’ve made in the queue and it’s the occasion of a U2 concert that made that possible. That is the value of the GA 🙂

    Joe

  • Kristen July 20, 2011 at 5:35 pm Reply

    Hi Joe!
    I’m going to the Mpls. show on Saturday and I keep reading more and more about these “fan-created GA lists” — in some cases, it sounds like they aren’t even stated at the venue itself — is that true? How do you find out where the list is?

    TCF Stadium has said that it will not honor these lists and you can’t line up until 6 a.m. Do you have any suggestions? (I had to sell my ticket to the ’05 show because of work and hurricane Katrina and I just want this show to be extra special!!) :o)

    Thanks!
    -Kristen

  • Joe July 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm Reply

    Hi Kristen,
    As mentioned, these are fan-run self-regulated queues, which would not be stated by the venue. Some venues later recognize the list, while some don’t.

    If I were you, get to the stadium the morning or afternoon before the show to see where the fans with GA are converging. These will be these will be the veteran/regular GAers who are used to organizing the U2 queues and will have probably spoken to security already.

    Even if the venue says that people aren’t allowed to line up until the morning of the show, some fans will still organize the line just off the stadium grounds. I think this is helpful. Without it, there would a lot of chaos the morning of the show with hundreds of people showing up with no order whatsoever.

    Email me if you have any more questions.
    Cheers,
    Joe

  • irvingtan July 21, 2011 at 4:43 pm Reply

    This is a fantastic site Joe. I saw an article on you in a Winnipeg daily while I was there to catch the U2 show (29th May 2011) and made a mental note to look you up online when I got back. I remember checking our your site after the show and thinking “Damn, why didn’t I find out about this place sooner?!”. My girlfriend and I did okay for ourselves though (third row from the railing, inner circle, between Bono and Adam). It was good times.

    In any case, just stopping by to say hi. Keep up the good work brother! Keep spreading the love and wonderful goodwill which is so evident in your writing style! I am sure Bono himself would be proud 🙂

  • Anonymous July 22, 2011 at 10:03 am Reply

    I’m delighted that you have made many friends whilst in the queue but I still don’t understand why folks need so much info?When I started going to gigs 33 years ago I just went and enjoyed the experience.I also learned each time I went what to expect.Also,with regard to ‘GA’ or ‘standing’ as we call it this side of the pond,I was at the U2 gig in Tampa,December 1987.There was ‘GA’ on the pitch.I ended up 3 feet from the stage(Edges side for the anoraks)and I didn’t even have a pitch (GA) ticket!Now,how did I manage that without first asking endless questions before I even went to the gig?

  • Tim D July 26, 2011 at 12:05 am Reply

    Joe….thanks for this service. Going to Pittsburgh tomorrow night. This is really helpful. Recently, I’ve done the “day of show” VIP seats that always get released….first shot into the GA, which I look forward to. Your info has been very valuable. Hopefully Pittsburgh will be a good experience.

  • rat_1_ca July 26, 2011 at 9:00 am Reply

    Hi Joe, my son and I are going to the show in Moncton. What is your feeling about the GA lineups there, because it is the first time for the band in Atlantic Canada and the last show of the tour and also more of a festival setup, do you have any thoughts on how early one should arrive do have a chance for the pit. Thanks.

  • Joe July 26, 2011 at 7:40 pm Reply

    Hi Irvingtan,
    Thanks for the kind note! Hope to see you at a future show!

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    Hi Anonymous,
    Gigs for 33 years – that’s a lot of concerts! Well I guess you’re a little more clever than the rest of the people who visit my site. In their defense, others may not have the luxury or privilege of going to lots of U2 shows or other gigs for that matter like us two. But they just want some assurance of what to expect. That’s part of the reason I wrote this blog, to help them out. I’ve traveled the world on my own, and gone to concerts by myself, and wanted to share those experiences with others. No harm, no foul as far as I’m concerned.

    As you mentioned, the GA is not just about getting to the front. It also about meeting new friends and making new connections along the way. That to me is far more valuable and meaningful. For example, the friends I made at the Sao Paulo gig — I have an open invitation to stay with them at the next World Cup. That opportunity has happened as a result of the GA and the nice people I met in Brazil.

    ———-

    Hi Tim,
    You must be in the Pittsburgh queue now – have a blast!

    ————-

    Hi rat_1_ca,
    At all the venues I’ve been to, and safely assuming Moncton will be the same, getting to the line in the morning of the show will most likely get you and your son into the pit. The setup looks very familiar to Montreal (with built seating and open field), so I have somewhat of an idea of what to expect. Hope to see you there and please say hi!

    Cheers,
    Joe

  • Rowland from NL July 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, thanks for all you do for the GAers. Moncton will be my first GA experience, and I’ve read your guide. I know it will be a great help! If I see you in the line, I’ll stop by and say “hi”.

    I have question for you: Do you think there’s any point in trying to bring a camera? I’ve heard conflicting reports about the rules regarding them at Moncton. On the event website, it says no camera of any kind is permitted, however one of the organizer’s was quoted in a local newspaper recently as saying point and shoot cameras were okay.
    I went to the Edmonton show, and had no problem bringing my point and shoot. Security didn’t even search me! Could have brought whatever I wanted in!

    Thanks, and have a great time this weekend!

    Rowland from Newfoundland

  • Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 1:48 am Reply

    Joe

    For those attending the Moncton concert, this site is worth a visit: http://magnetichillmusicfestival.ca/Event_Info/Rules.htm

    In my experience at this venue, there is one line up for multiple gates (which are all together) and if you’re in a hurry avoid going to a gate where bags are being searched.

    There’s a large campground across from the venue, and there’s nothing to do on the day of the concert except line-up, so expect to see the queue begin early. (My wife & I will be at the campground.) However, it’s usually quite a hike from the gates to the stage, so pace yourself when you get into the venue.

    Thanks for your tips about the stage setup. It’s invaluable! I hope that your Maritime Canada experience will be as enjoyable as all of the other concerts. You’ve had quite the ride throughout this tour!

    My preganant wife is hoping that the weather forecast brightens up, since 5 mm of rain and 22 degree celcius temperatures (to feel like 29 with humidity) is a bit daunting, but one of my best concert experiences was in the rain in similar weather many years ago in Parlee Beach, New Brunswick. The rain cannot dampen my spirits!

    See you in line!

    Geoff from Nova Scotia

  • Joe July 29, 2011 at 12:55 pm Reply

    Hi Rowland,
    Point and shoot cameras are fine to bring in. That’s never an issue. I think recording devices and video cameras are difficult to bring in. Have a great time at the show!

    ——-

    Thanks Geoff for the tips! Hope to see you there.
    Joe

  • Anonymous July 29, 2011 at 2:26 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    I had the time of my life in Pittsburgh last tuesday thanks to your blog. I went with a group of 3 friends and they could not leave work until 4:30pm…. we got to the stadium at around 6:00pm and I thought we had no chance to get to the pit! Well thanks to your blog I knew exactly where to go and we were probably one of the few last hundred to be let in the pit… We were by Adam’s side in the middle and it was perfect… the moving bridge kept stopping by us so we got to see all the band members….Interesting thing, unlike most of the concerts I guess in Pittsburgh there was only one entrance to the Pit so it was impossible to try to make it to the Edge’s side! Towards the end of the concert, some people starting walking out and I made it to the front of the rail… I saw Adam perfectly but Bono and Edge were a bit to far out to see so in perspective to be in the middle of the pit might be better unless you ar in the front…… Again, thank you so much, this was my first GA experience! Have a wonderful time in Canada!
    Mon from Pittsburgh

  • irvingtan August 7, 2011 at 11:45 am Reply

    Hey Joe!

    Any comment on the Achtung Baby 20th anniversary release which they’ve just announced? IMHO, it looks spectacular, but approx. £385 for the Uber Deluxe Box set seems rather outrageous.

    – Irving.

  • Joe August 8, 2011 at 7:09 pm Reply

    Hi Mon,
    I’m so glad that guide helped out and that you and your friends had a great time at the Pittsburgh show. See you next tour!

    ———-

    Hi Irving,
    Yah, the 385 pounds for the Uber Deluxe version seems absurd! Only a few will be able to afford that, which is a shame. The mark-up is astronomical!
    Joe

  • MGonzales January 13, 2017 at 1:45 pm Reply

    I have 2 sons in wheelchairs. Will GA Standing Room Only tickets work for them. Or are they REQUIRED to sit in Handicapped areas??

  • Sean January 16, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this info! I’ve been to many U2 shows but the last time I did GA was at this Joshua Tree tour show in Rotterdam 30 years ago (https://youtu.be/Gwjivv6XZ9c?list=RDGwjivv6XZ9c). Me and my two friends were right up front. Now three decades later we’re going to the Joshua Tree show in Vancouver and have GA tickets. Of course, we’re not 18 anymore and had a lot of “old guy” questions and concerns, which you have answered aptly. Thanks again.

  • Linda from Vancouver January 17, 2017 at 1:42 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, THANK YOU for all of your helpful info! 🙂 I have seats for Vancouver and GA for Seattle. The first time I saw U2 was on the floor near the stage for the Joshua Tree tour ’87 at BC Place. How I wound up close to the stage is an unforgettable memory along with the concert experience itself. I have seen U2 10 times since, always in seats (but def. not sitting!!) -with the exception of a video shoot, which was on the floor and seated.

    Now nearly 30 years later and older, your tips will help me prepare for another unforgettable GA experience! I am super excited, and glad my Joshua Tree tour shirt is still in tact. I know what I am wearing on May 12th and14th! 😉
    Thanks again, enjoy the tour!

  • JJ Hardy January 17, 2017 at 4:41 pm Reply

    Hey Joe!
    Quick message because my battery is going to die, but I’ve been going to U2 shows since 1992 when I saw them in Oakland A’s a college student at UC Berkeley. I’ve since seen them numerous times throughout the USA. I was hoping to get GA tickets to this year’s LA show because I now live in LA, but they were sold out before they went on sale to the general public. Is there still a way to get 2 GA tickets for the LA show? And last question, please explain what the red zone is. I remember seeing U2 in 2001 in Ohio on the Elevation tour and inside the heart was a special group of people. Was that the red zone? I always wondered how they lucked out and got inside the heart. G
    Joe, keep up the good work. You seem like an awesome guy. God bless! JJ – Los Angeles

  • Bob January 17, 2017 at 6:13 pm Reply

    I was in GA at Hawaii in 2006, too…inside of the smaller stage, on edges side, on rail…great time!!

  • adolfo January 17, 2017 at 9:56 pm Reply

    inside the heart. i have been lucky enough to have been inside the circle twice, GA tks were scanned and at random you were picked by the computer.

  • rossalyn la venia January 18, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

    Hi Joe. Do you know how much red zone tickets usually are??? Thank you!!!Rossalyn

  • Paola January 19, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply

    We have been to every U2 concert when they come to Toronto, for the Elevation Tour we were inside the heart which was amazing. This time we got P4 GA Field Standing Ticks probably going to get into the Red Zone, it’s nice having friends in high places. My question is what does the P4 mean????

  • Anonymous January 19, 2017 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Hi Joe ! You re awesome! all this information is so helpful, I did camp on the Mexico show in 2011 for 360 tour and it was a great experience, but got sooo tired, I sweared I wont do it again , but then ..you forget about it and if I have to do it again for this one I would!! I have GA tickets for the Miami one, and I just want the best spot!!
    I am flying from Panama to the USA for this concert on june, already saving money and energy! I am bringing my teenage kids , so excited that they would see their first U2 show! (They know about U2 since they were born, the first music they ´ve ever heard hehehe)
    Congrats on this and keep us posted!

    U2 for ever!
    Patsy

  • Patricia Ryan Reymore January 19, 2017 at 10:26 pm Reply

    Hi Joe ! You re awesome! all this information is so helpful, I did camp on the Mexico show in 2011 for 360 tour and it was a great experience, but got sooo tired, I sweared I wont do it again , but then ..you forget about it and if I have to do it again for this one I would!! I have GA tickets for the Miami one, and I just want the best spot!!
    I am flying from Panama to the USA for this concert on june, already saving money and energy! I am bringing my teenage kids , so excited that they would see their first U2 show! (They know about U2 since they were born, the first music they ´ve ever heard hehehe)
    Congrats on this and keep us posted!

    U2 for ever!
    Patsy

  • Ilan twito January 23, 2017 at 11:27 pm Reply

    Wowwwww this is a greate guid!!!
    Very ditailed!!
    Thank you so much Joe!!!

  • Greg January 24, 2017 at 9:22 pm Reply

    Thanks for the info! We were looking at GA because it is the cheapest ticket available in Los Angeles. if we choose not to line up and arrive just before the show will we still be able to enjoy the concert being stuck in the back of the field?

    • Katherine January 25, 2017 at 4:17 pm Reply

      I have the same exact question except I’ll be in Tampa! Ended up getting both GA and seats far away on the highest tier. Trying to decide which will be best. Don’t want to arrive super early and would be okay in GA standing at the back as long as the view was decent. Also wondering if it will be shoulder to shoulder even in the back of GA?

  • Pinky January 25, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

    Hi Joe! Glad I came across this! Am a huge fan as well(named my son Bono) and need to know more about the Ga tix. Need to secure some for Rose Bowl for either of the dates…should I wait for Ticketmaster to miraculously release some in the coming weeks or should I get them via vividseats.com where they have them already? worried though about the paperless ticket and credit card mailing process that it entails? dont want to be refused on the day.Help!-Pinky

  • Joe Ahorro January 25, 2017 at 10:57 pm Reply

    Hi Greg and Katherine,
    I answered your question and added it to the GA Guide under Section 19: “What if I arrive in the GA much later? I don’t really want to line up all day, but still enjoy the show!”
    Joe

  • Ethan February 24, 2017 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Hi Joe thank you for this guide it is very helpful. I was wondering would I get a decent number in the line if I arrived the morning of the show around 7am? Also is it a roll call system where you show up at different times of the day?
    Thank you,
    Ethan

  • Renée LaFleur March 1, 2017 at 6:32 am Reply

    Why are some of the GA tix $200–$1200? I’m not sure what to buy for Pasadena?!

  • Jake and Jasper March 12, 2017 at 12:04 pm Reply

    Wonderful information Joe. I saw Joshua Tree your back in the day 1987 twice in Hartford Ct and am so excited to see it all again at MetLife Stadium in NJ on June 29th. Thrilled about it and your info was so helpful and stimulating to read through. Got 6 GA tickets with the original high school family members and friends we saw together in 87. A reunion. Cheers to all!!!

  • Bill March 12, 2017 at 11:05 pm Reply

    I agree that the wait is certainly worth it when going for the GA experience. I have found that when there is an “Inner Circle, Heart, pit or what have you, each venue can be very different. The number of fans allowed within has for the most part been reasonable however one stadium show in Oakland was severely over crowded inside the rails to the point of it affecting the experience. I have always wondered why U2 has not adopted the Springsteen pit procedures. Passing out wristbands and then selecting a starting number randomly an hour or so before entrance is wonderful as you are not required to line up overnight or at the crack of dawn. Being able to grab a bite to eat, have a few libations and be in line a limited amount of time is very much a bonus. There is absolutely no reason to spend the entire day at the venue in what at times can be uncomfortable weather. Don’t get me wrong, the comradery and sharing of past experiences is fun but Bruce’s GA/Pit policies are certainly worth consideration.

  • Alan & Co. March 20, 2017 at 10:01 am Reply

    Thanks Joe! The info you shared is very thorough and helped set our expectations. Much appreciated!

  • Ivonne March 30, 2017 at 6:07 am Reply

    Thanks a lot for sharing with us your experience with U2 concerts. They are coming to Louisville, KY, USA en June 2017. I can’t wait! It is the first time I am going to see them. My favorite songs are from the 90’s! xoxo

  • jodi April 3, 2017 at 8:23 pm Reply

    I can’t thank you enough for taking the time to explain all of this. I’ve been to several u2 shows but never GA so this is a first time and your advice will be most helpful!

  • becky thatcher April 7, 2017 at 5:19 am Reply

    thank you. My husband and I are going to our first stadium concert June 25 (for my 50th bday and our 30th year in marriage) at Gillette stadium and accidentally got the general admission tickets, we are nervous about it and this post made me feel a bit more at ease about it. We may try trading once we get in if we feel we cant handle the closed in crowd, but I think with the right frame of mind we can get through it. looking forward to updates once the concerts get under way…still nervous, but maybe once the music starts Ill just get lost in it.

  • Iona J. April 12, 2017 at 5:24 am Reply

    Oh my God. I am so glad to discover your blog! Let me explain:
    I am from the Philippines, a 42 year old and mom of three young kids, and have been a big U2 fan since I was 13. Seeing U2 perform live is a bucket list thing for me. It is such a big deal for me that just imagining myself at a U2 concert – or even seeing the photos on your page with fans getting to meet the band outside the concert grounds – makes me emotional (you can ask my husband and close friends) but with all the obligations at home and at work and not exactly being wealthy – well, this always seemed an unchievable dream, especially since there has not been much hope for them to come to the Philippines. In any case, as I am getting older – and obviously the band, too – I thought to myself: If I do not do this now, I may never get to do it. So I found myself buying tickets to their show in Paris (!), quite on impulse (and with some egging on from friends at work including my boss who is a wonderful woman who knew how much this means to me). I actually wept when I told my partner that I booked us the tickets both to the show, and to Paris… (partly out of guilt since it will mean leaving our kids for a couple of weeks to the care of hopefully willing relatives and a lot of expenses that could be allocated to more “important” things)… But as my boss tells me, I do deserve this, so here I am, taking the leap and planning a once-in-a-lifetime trip to see U2 in Europe, fulfilling two childhood dreams in one go.

    And as my tickets are for General Admission, this post of yours is just a treasure. I am still doing a lot of research on how to go about everything on D-day (not to mention getting around Paris!), and am still very much daunted by everything that will happen, so this information is truly appreciated! God bless you!

  • Anonymous April 12, 2017 at 9:51 am Reply

    This was very informative and I’m so glad I found this blog.

  • Victoria Lucille April 13, 2017 at 8:51 pm Reply

    I think I love you! I have been debating attempting to get GA tickets to the Seattle show (closest reasonable excursion for this rural Montana gal), but I am making some calls in the morning after reading this tonight! Thank you – and hope to see you there…

  • Shannon April 18, 2017 at 7:04 am Reply

    Joe- we used your tips on the 360 tour and were able to get on the rail in front of The Edge. Will be following this closely this summer. On a side note, I DID NOT follow your advice about water consumption and was severly dehydrated after the Baltimore show.

  • Summer Jackman April 18, 2017 at 9:46 pm Reply

    What should I expect and plan for considering Red Zone tickets?

  • Elizabeth April 23, 2017 at 11:21 am Reply

    I was having second thoughts about GA for Louisville, KY-almost just ditched our tickets (with tears)-But I’m looking forward to it now because of this all inclusive and yes, entertaining guide to navigating GA. Thank you SO MUCH for this info and the effort you put forth to bring it to us! It is Magnificent!

  • Vanessa V Villavicencio April 27, 2017 at 9:07 am Reply

    Loved this article and the memories it brought. I even was there in the Vancouver evening when folks were BBQ ing. Planning on being there on may 12 and 14. The only shows we can make given jobs and three young kids! Excited to queue for GA. Thank you!
    – Vanessa Villavicencio

  • S Nickens April 28, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply

    Do people ever take a throw pillow to have a seat once in a while, especially if you’re not planning to camp out early and are okay with a spot further back? And if the stadium won’t allow it, can you leave it at the door or do you have to lose your place in line to get rid of it? Very helpful info, by the way.

  • Trailsnmusic in MT April 30, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

    I’m still confused. If I buy a GA ticket, and have to drive all day Sunday to get to Seattle, will I be guaranteed a spot somewhere on the floor? I can’t believe how cheap the GA tix are (c/t seat tickets), and if I can make this concert happen that way, I’ll be elated!

  • Brian Brereton May 1, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Great article (as someone who has slept out a LOT for tix and queued up for GA more times than I would have ever thought possible)
    Can you tell me more about the Red Zone; what is it is, how is that different for queuing up, etc?

  • Scott May 2, 2017 at 7:57 pm Reply

    Great article!!!

  • Roxyheart May 3, 2017 at 7:22 pm Reply

    Awesome advice! You are spot on with everything you said. My first camp out overnight was the original JT tour in ’87. 2 years ago for I&E
    tour not much has changed!

  • Johnny May 3, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Hey man. Great advice all around. I have tickets in the Red Zone for Seattle. Have you ever seen a show from that vantage point? Any advice?

  • sarcher May 5, 2017 at 10:36 am Reply

    Thanks for the advice- I have GA tickets for Foxboro and I am planning on camping out- wondering if you have any specific suggestions for that venue.

  • Claudia May 6, 2017 at 6:58 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this awesome website and all info and advise you provide. I have always gotten seating seats for all U2 concerts, except for the ietour at the Forum in L.A. It was such a great experience. It was too easy of an experience. #76 in the queue, showed up around 6am. Got to meet Bono when he was entering the Forum. That was so awesome!!!
    I again got GA tickets for the Rose Bowl for this coming tour.
    This is a much bigger venue. I remember seeing on the news people lining up for days for the 360 Tour at Angel Stadium. . I had seats.
    I would greatly appreciate all info and advise you can provide, specific suggestions for the Rose Bowl.

  • Dan May 8, 2017 at 7:54 am Reply

    Awesome! This is exactly “what I was looking for” haha
    I like how u stack all the options up.. I come from interior BC and am meeting my bro from Wisconsin for May 12th (our second GA after IE Van first show)
    I like the sounds of the 12-4pm sorta group. Mildly exhausting yet u can get pretty darn close to the stage..
    Question – what if u wanna bring collapsible chairs tobGA queue but don’t have a place to put them when time comes? Are there venue staff that will take them or?

  • Anonymous May 9, 2017 at 5:16 am Reply

    Love all this great info! Thanks for being so specific. GA is definitely a process!

  • Anonymous May 9, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

    Thanks, this is very helpful

  • WinnipegU2fanGA May 9, 2017 at 12:36 pm Reply

    Hi Joe! Your webite and advice is great; we used it for two of the 360 shows. We enjoyed the 360 tour in Vancouver and in Winnipeg and went GA both places. It was fantastic! Luckily got in the “inner circle” which I felt helped keep the crowd separated a bit and reduced the chances of getting (or feeling) squished.
    So, honestly, any thoughts or concerns about the Joshua Tree show on Friday with GA? I’ve been checking news (or any “leaks”) with details about the GA setup, but all I’ve found is the basic floor plan in ticketmaster (with the extra stage being tree shaped). I’m getting more nervous now about everyone in GA all being in one huge group. I’m not really worried about actually getting injured, just that it might reduce the fun if we are squished in and unable to move. I’d rather be in an a “second” floor section (in the front of) than in a huge single crowd.
    Any thoughts? Do you think there might be any info coming out on the GA layout (other than the tree, and the red zone)?
    Thanks Joe! **three***more***days!

  • Micaela May 9, 2017 at 4:49 pm Reply

    This is a GREAT post! Thank you so much!!

  • cocamojoe May 10, 2017 at 7:52 pm Reply

    I may be completely wrong, but I suspect that the GA floors in a stadium hold quite a bit more than 1,500-2,000 people!

    On the 360° tour, two of my friends were GA in Pittsburgh. They didn’t bother getting in line until 5pm-ish, yet still managed to get into the inner circle.

    I last GA’d in both Belfast and Dublin on the I&E tour. I never lined up, and managed to get super close for both shows!

    I will he carefully keeping an eye on the different bulletin boards leading up to their Pittsburgh show this summer, as I’ll be on the floor there (also, in the stands for Chicago 2).

    • Joe Ahorro May 16, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

      You’re absolutely right. That was a typo (left over from the last tour). I fixed the number now. Thanks!

  • Jason Pan May 11, 2017 at 6:38 pm Reply

    I just got a email from rose bowl, it said that the parking will be opened at 2:30 pm and parking overnight is prohibited. So, if i want to queue in the morining, do i have to take public transportation? Fine, it’s alright to do it in the morining, but after the show, i thing it is not a good experience to take public transportation to go back home. A Chinese who doesn’t konw much about the venue and GA. and I come alone.

    • Joe Ahorro May 16, 2017 at 1:33 pm Reply

      Hi Jason,
      You can still queue early and leave your car somewhere where you can park. At 2:00pm, you can leave the queue to find and park your car when it opens at 2:30, and then get back into the line.
      Joe

  • G. May 13, 2017 at 10:35 am Reply

    Very much appreciate all the useful info on this page! I followed all of your tips and had an amazing time at the Vancouver show! Based on you insight, we decided to line up at about 3:15 which ended up being perfect as it wasn’t a long wait and we met friendly and interesting people that madythe line up fun (and a much better experience than what people with seated tickets had to go through getting into the stadium ironically). We ended up only 4 rows back from the rail, in front of Bono! Thanks again.

    • Glenn May 14, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

      Can I ask you what time U2 came on and what time it ended? We are trying to coordinate if we can take the last train out of Chicago or have to drive? This would be helpful. Thanks!!

      • G. May 14, 2017 at 9:32 am Reply

        There were major delays getting people into the stadium so I expect their start and end times in Vancouver aren’t representative of other shows. Start time was around 9:30 I think and close to 11:30 end.

      • Joe Ahorro May 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm Reply

        Hi Glenn,
        U2 came on around 9pm and ended around 11pm.
        Joe

  • Paige~ May 14, 2017 at 11:36 pm Reply

    I have front Row platinum seats (SEC 125 Row A, seats 3 & 4) for the Houston NRG show, but I also have some General Admissions. The venue doesn’t allow entry until very close to show start. Do you think the Front rows are too far away & will I have a better experience in GA? If I kept both and try GA and can’t get close, would I be able to move and take my seats? (Also, another option I have is, I have a VIP party package (107 Q) that includes pre party, drinks, food, etc., hard copy tickets, but am planning on selling them. Is there anything about that package I might not want to part with?) Which would you keep/use? always GA? TIA! 🙂

    • Joe Ahorro May 16, 2017 at 1:32 pm Reply

      Hi Paige,
      I always prefer GA but it’s a lot of work to get to the front (queuing the day before and frequent check ins). Seats are good for those who don’t want to line up or deal with standing the whole time. So it’s really your call!
      Joe

  • Braulio May 15, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

    Don’t know If anyone else has already asked this, but how will StubHub tickets (debit card loaded) work? Will security check ID? Not possible since the seller won’t be present?

    • Joe Ahorro May 16, 2017 at 1:30 pm Reply

      Hi Braulio,
      On the last tour, I understand that only two cities actually checked ID. In Vancouver and Seattle on this tour, they didn’t check ID. I think it would be a logistical nightmare and it would take too long to do this for 10,000 people you are entering the GA. This is what scalpers bank on – that security won’t check ID.
      Joe

  • Jenna May 16, 2017 at 12:01 pm Reply

    ROSE BOWL QUESTION (which may apply to any venue) – When lining up early, is there more than 1 gate or entrances to get in? Rose Bowl has 8 main gates – do they let people in at all of them?

    • Joe Ahorro May 16, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

      Hi Jenna,
      I believe there is more than once entrance. If you can, visit the Rose Bowl the morning before the show to see what’s going on with the GA.
      Joe

  • Bob May 16, 2017 at 5:18 pm Reply

    This article was great. We have a group of about 9 of us going to Dallas. We’re on about 2 credit cards which makes it a bit more difficult coordinating. I hear seeing the whole screen is kind of important. What time do they let in for the GA? 2 hrs before concert or sooner?

    • Joe Ahorro May 17, 2017 at 7:45 am Reply

      I suspect the people running the line will insist that whoever is entering together on one card, sign in together; and that whoever is on the other card, sign in together. You’re right, the credit card entry makes things tricky, and I hope Ticketmaster learns from this and stops using credit card entry for stadium GAs. In any event, what may help, whoever is on the first credit card, maybe sign in those who arrive earlier. And then whoever is on the second credit card, are the ones arriving later on (assuming your friends are arriving at different times). To answer your question, the GA doors open around 5:00-5:30. But fans are moved closer to the doors around 4:00pm.

  • Lisa May 16, 2017 at 9:32 pm Reply

    My friends got seated tickets and I’m keeping my GA and need to sell their GA tickets that were purchased with my credit card. So we all have to enter together (and wait in line together)-has anyone ever coordinated that with a buyer? I want to sell them for the original cost to fans and avoid the re-sellers but don’t know how to do that. Is there a group or website that can verify both of us?

    • Joe Ahorro May 17, 2017 at 7:56 am Reply

      This is the tricky part with credit card entry. With tickets, it was way easier to sell to other fans in the GA. Are their seat entry via credit card entry too? If so, I’m not sure how credit card entry will work since the GA is at one entrance and the seats are at another, but there is only one card. I’d recommend calling Ticketmaster and the venue to see what can be done. I believe seat tickets on a credit card can be transferred from one card to another credit card (on Ticketmaster), but this does not apply to GA.

      With respect to selling GAs on your card, the only alternative I can think of is finding other fans looking to buy tickets, and that they would have to enter with you.

      • Lisa May 17, 2017 at 10:07 pm Reply

        I’ll be on my own after we get there from Austin and separate. I may end up with a couple unused GA tickets but since I got them cheap it’ll be worth it anyway. Thank you for all your advice it’s been so helpful and I’m very excited about this show!

        • Joe Ahorro May 18, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply

          Hi Lisa,
          You can try to go to the various U2 forums – U2.com, atU2.com, U2start.com – and let fans know that you may have spare GAs, but that they’d have to enter the venue with you. If not, you’ll still end up having a great time on your own and have the chance to meet some fellow U2 fans!
          Joe

  • grahme perez May 17, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Enjoy your posts and passion. Really helpful for less experienced GA attempt next week in Houston. I anticipate arriving more in the 1-2 hours pre-show time as I’m with a group who may not appreciate the the pre-show hustle so I will defer and reset my expectations. Any advice on best area of the floor to target if we will likely be more towards the rear? Edge or Adam side? Behind the Red Zone?

    Thanks for the help. Enjoy the rest of your shows.

    • Joe Ahorro May 17, 2017 at 9:57 am Reply

      Hi Grahme,
      Thanks for the note! If you’re arriving 1-2 hours pre-show time, you’ll probably find the area around the tree-stage packed. Try to see what the floor looks like near the main stage in front of Bono or to the left towards Edge.
      Joe

  • Anonymous May 17, 2017 at 2:16 pm Reply

    Looking for 1 more GA ticket for Rose Bowl on Saturday, May 20th.

    I have 2 GA Tickets and want to bring my daughter with us as well.
    Anyone out there have an extra ticket? I will arrive Thursday night (midnight) in Pasadena, CA to check out the queue and be there early AM on Friday as well.

    Jim Smith, cell 801-722-8350

    • Joe Ahorro May 17, 2017 at 2:23 pm Reply

      Hi Jim,
      It’s also worth checking Ticketmaster as the show date nears. Ticketmaster usually have ticket drops when the concert is near.
      Joe

  • Gabriella May 17, 2017 at 2:49 pm Reply

    Hi Joe! I’m really excited about this concert, today I got my ticket and it’s my first time having the GA experience and also going alone to a concert in the US. I’m going to the Dallas concert and I can’t find anywhere information about at what time gates open. I pretend to arrive early to get a good spot but I’m not really sure about what time is the best one, I was thinking around 2pm? (concert is at 7) I could go earlier but I don’t want to have any problems at the venue (it’s my first time there) also I’m not bringing my car, so what would you recommend me?

    Thanks in advance!!
    Gabby.

    • Joe Ahorro May 17, 2017 at 7:19 pm Reply

      Hi Gabriella,
      Never worry about going on your own to a U2 concert. There are always kind, fellow fans to meet in the GA! I always advise to check out the GA line the morning before the show. Chances are there will be line managers starting to take numbers and they’ll want you to check in at set times (like at 7pm that night and 7am the morning of the show). You’re free to go about your day in between check-in times. On the day of the show, you’ll probably be asked to stay the day in the line with everyone else. You’ll want to bring a chair and stuff to be comfortable. This is the time when you get to meet new fans and make friends. If you won’t have a car, how will you get to the stadium? Can someone pick up your chair and stuff around 3pm when everyone will be asked to put their stuff away? If not, and you plan on arriving at 2pm, you’ll still meet other fans in the queue and get to know them. Chances are you’ll be near or beside them in the GA.

      Let me know if you have any other questions.
      Thanks!
      Joe

  • Juan May 17, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Fantastic article, I really love the band and wish I could do GA. Can’t ever find the time to do it. Hope the shows you go to a great. If you’ll be in Miami, let me know.

  • Richard May 18, 2017 at 7:57 am Reply

    Great insights – Thank you!

    A few weeks away from our Toronto show – I’m a little nervous about bringing my two boys ( 9 and 8) while at the same time excited about getting my guys introduced to U2 the right way. No rail for us / no full day lineups but none the less – i hope to give them 3 hours of awesomeness!

    We’ll take your tips and apply them to our evening plans.

    • Joe Ahorro May 18, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

      Hi Richard,
      Thanks for the note! I can see how challenging it can be to line up the day of the show on a school day (Friday). If you arrive around 3 or 4 in the line, you’ll get a few rows away from a rail either near the tree-stage or the main stage. If you come a little later and find the GA field really full, best to enjoy the show near the sound board where the sound is great and lots of room to dance around. You can chat and say hi to U2’s sound guru, Joe O’Herly, super nice guy!
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

      • Richard May 18, 2017 at 2:35 pm Reply

        Hey Joe
        Thanks for the follow up!
        Just showed the boys your site and reply and they asked if we knew each other. I told them we didn’t but had U2 in common ! They kind of understood but still asked if they we were going to meet you at the show. ( to be 9 again)
        Your suggestion about setting up near the soundboard makes a ton of sense. Should we be lucky enough to see Joe O’Herly – we’ll post the selfie!
        Again – thanks for the help.
        Richard , Zack and Tyler

        • Joe Ahorro May 18, 2017 at 3:17 pm Reply

          Hi Richard,
          We certainly have U2 in common! Along with hundreds of thousands of others around the world 🙂
          Unfortunately, I won’t be at the show you guys will be seeing. I’ll rejoin the tour in Dublin, and from there, continue to Paris, Amsterdam, and end in Brussels.

          Joe O’Herly is super nice and will be happy to take photos with fans!
          https://twitter.com/joe_ahorro/status/779582440822177792

          Have a great time!
          Joe

  • Louise Lambert May 18, 2017 at 11:57 am Reply

    Hi dear U2 super fan, thank you for this web site. I will go to U2 The Joshua Tree Tour show in Toronto on GA. Its the first time I’m gonna see them in Toronto. I’ve seen them in New York and Montreal. I was wondering how far in advance I have to get in the line-up to have a good place around the b stage? I imagine you’ve already seen them in Toronto? Is the line-up very long?
    Also, do you know which gate to enter for General Admission?
    Thank you if you can answer me. Have a great Tour ;-)!!!
    Louise Lamber, U2 fan since 1985!

    • Joe Ahorro May 18, 2017 at 3:13 pm Reply

      Hi Louise,
      I think if you check out the GA line and get a number the day before (you’ll be expected to wait in line the day of the show), then you’ll be within the first two rows of the tree-stage.
      I’ve seen U2 in Toronto (last time was 2005). I can’t remember which gate, but just walk around the stadium, and the GA line will be easy to find.
      Good luck!
      Joe

  • Tracy May 18, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Very helpful article and I will continue to watch for updates as I have read about entry difficulties in Vancouver and Santa Clara. I have GA tix in both Pittsburgh and Cleveland with plans on doing a morning arrival for both shows. I am a little concerned about bringing a chair and cooler…..but I’m too old to sit on the concrete all day long!

    • Joe Ahorro May 18, 2017 at 3:14 pm Reply

      Hi Tracy,
      On the day of the show, feel free to bring a chair and cooler in the morning. We had that in Seattle, but by 3pm, we were asked to start putting our stuff away. So if you have a car or hotel near by, you’ll be okay to go away for half an hour or so to put the chair and cooler away.
      Joe

  • Amy May 18, 2017 at 8:40 pm Reply

    Hi Joe! Thank you for all the info. I am going to the show next week in Houston. First time going GA so I’m studying your site and taking notes! I am going with my husband and we both work full time. We took the day of the show off so we could line up in the morning but it sounds like I better drive by the stadium day before. I think I can make it up there on my lunch hour but was wondering if it will be for nothing as my husband won’t be able to go with me.. what do you think? Im hoping the Houston show won’t be as crazy as some of the others but want to maximize my chances of being up front.

    Also, I want to buy some gear at the show but don’t want to lose my spot. Do the vendors usually sell after the show?
    Thank you for all your help!! Sooooo excited!!!
    Amy

    • Joe Ahorro May 19, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply

      Hi Amy,
      I’d suggest driving to the stadium the day before (when you and your husband after work) to get a number in the queue. Since you plan on arriving in the morning the next day anyway, this at least gets you a decent number in the line. Feel free to bring chairs and stuff to be comfortable while in the line, and you’ll be able to go away to by U2 merchandise, use the washroom, or get some food. Around 3pm or so, you’ll be expected to put the chairs away.
      Also, if you are unable to buy merchandise before the show, I’d recommend that once you get into the GA field, one of you – either your husband or yourself – make a quick jaunt to the merchanise table to buy something, while the other saves your spot on the floor. I’ve done this many times with no issue. I just spoke to those around me and they were cool with it.

      Have a great time!
      Joe

  • Andy Bailey May 18, 2017 at 9:37 pm Reply

    Joe,
    I can’t thank you enough for all of this info! Amazingly helpful and generous of you. Will you be at the May 20 LA show?

    • Joe Ahorro May 19, 2017 at 6:49 am Reply

      Hi Andy,
      Thanks for the kind note! Unfortunately, I won’t be at the LA show. Have a great time, though!
      Joe

  • Jorge Takeda May 20, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply

    Amazing work, Joe!
    Will you be in Paris for TJT concerts?

    • Joe Ahorro May 20, 2017 at 8:34 pm Reply

      Hey Jorge!
      I will be in Paris for the two JT shows. See you there!
      Joe

  • Melissa Hildebrand May 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm Reply

    Thanks Joe! My BFF and I are going to do the GA line for the first time ever in Chicago. At 47, we are a little nervous about how we will do, so this is invaluable!!

    • Joe Ahorro May 20, 2017 at 8:36 pm Reply

      Thanks, Melissa! I hope this helps!

  • Barbara May 20, 2017 at 4:13 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    This information is incredible. Thank you so much. I have been to five U2 concerts but this will be my first concert ever with GA tickets. So many questions were answered in your info. I know we can’t get there until about 6pm due to work, etc… so we’ll do our best. I am 5’2″ and my boyfriend is 6’4″ so I’m sure he will have a much better view. Going to Wednesday’s concert (5/24) in Houston. Any viewing suggestions for my short self?

    • Joe Ahorro May 20, 2017 at 8:38 pm Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      If you arrive by 6pm, chances are the first 5-10 rows in front of the main stage and tree-stage might be taken up. Check it out first, but if it’s too cramped for your liking, go to the soundboard. The sound is best there and you’d be free to dance around and enjoy the spectacle. Try to approach Joe O’Herly – U2’s sound guru since the start – and say hi to him! The VIP areas are near the back and you may see some celebs there too.
      Enjoy!
      Joe

  • Shannon May 20, 2017 at 8:45 pm Reply

    This is amazing! Cheers! Looking forward to Boston and both NY shows!

  • Anonymous May 20, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    Amazing info. I am considering going GA for my wife and I for the Toronto Concert. Is it an issue to with CC entry if I buy through stub hub, ticketmaster or vivid etc?
    Thanks

    • Joe Ahorro May 21, 2017 at 2:38 pm Reply

      Buying a GA through Stubhub or Vivid, there shouldn’t be an issue if they aren’t checking for IDs (which most venues don’t). My problem with them are they enable scalping, where tickets are sold higher than face value. When Ticketmaster moved to credit card entry, it was meant to curb scalping, but scaplers got around this by buying tickets with a gift credit card and selling those at an inflated price to fans.

      In any event, if you buy a GA ticket with ticketmaster, there won’t be any issues if you bring your credit card with you, and ID in case the venue asks.

  • Carlos FL May 21, 2017 at 7:33 am Reply

    Hi Joe Thanks for this amazing guide, this is almost like you taking our hands to get me across the street. Me will br attending the Miami show on june 11 and is my very first one, I can’t explain how excited I feel as this has being like a dream for me and my sister, we have been fans since the eighties and Joshua Tree is our favorite album. We will be traveling from Honduras and we are planing on getting the earliest possible on the day of the venue, What do you think is the best hour to get there and be on the rail at the time of the concert? How are the crowds and fans from Miami with U2 concerts? We were planing on getting there around 9 or 10 am… Any other tip will be welcome and again Thanks for this amazing guide!

    • Joe Ahorro May 21, 2017 at 2:41 pm Reply

      Hi Carlos,
      Great to hear you and your sister will be seeing U2 in Miami! To get a rail spot, I’d highly recommend going to the stadium the morning before the show to get a number in the queue. As mentioned in my guide, fans will be running the line. You’ll most likely need to be with your sister to get numbers. The line managers will probably tell you to check back in the line later that evening, and then the morning of the show.
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Amy May 21, 2017 at 9:23 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this amazing info. This will be my 3rd U2 concert but my first GA experience. I am seeing the show on Wednesday in Houston. I live in San Antonio and will be trying to arrive in line before noon. All this insight will really help make my experience great! Thanks again!

  • ss May 22, 2017 at 8:05 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the terrific info. Are fans doing the line que at every show? Correct me if I’m wrong did you say to get numbers the day/night Before the show? The que managers let you get number the night before and show back up the day of the show? I want the rail : ) Thanks again

    • Joe Ahorro May 22, 2017 at 8:18 am Reply

      I’m pretty confident that there will be a queue for every show and that it’ll be a check-in system, meaning that you if you get a number the day before, the line managers will want you to check in later that day (so you are free to go sight seeing or nap during the day) and check-in to the line some time in the evening. On the day of the show, you’ll be asked to check in that morning, and expected to stay for the day (but you can leave if you need to grab a bite to eat, use the washroom, or chat with people). If you want rail, get a number very early morning day before the show.

  • Sharon Archer May 22, 2017 at 11:02 am Reply

    Thanks for your info- planning on arriving very very early morning the day before the show at Gillette Stadium on 6/25. In your experience, how early the day before should we arrive for our best chance at the top of the tree? 4? 5?
    Thanks!
    Sharon

    • Joe Ahorro May 23, 2017 at 10:42 am Reply

      Hi Sharon,
      If you’re in the top 40 or 50 in the queue, and are quick, you’ll get to the top of the tree easily. So getting there 5 in the morning the day before the show to get a number, you’ll be in good standing.
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Darin May 22, 2017 at 4:18 pm Reply

    Joe,

    Terrific info! Thanks for sharing this. So it sounds like most venues, during this tour so far, have not issued wristbands, allowing people to leave and return a few hours before the show? Is that correct? We’re going on Friday in Dallas and planning to stay all day in line, but wondering about the possibility of wristbands so we could leave and come back. I’ve got a call into the ticket office at AT&T Stadium to ask them, but if it’s run by fans, they may not know. Curious how it’s worked at other venues on this tour? Thanks in advance for any feedback you can provide.

    • Joe Ahorro May 23, 2017 at 10:44 am Reply

      Hi Darin,
      You’re right. Most venues have not issued wristbands, except for Levi Stadium and the Rose Bowl. All queues will give you a number on your hand and put your name down in a book, so that will be enough for you to leave and come back into the line. Whenever you need to leave (to get food or stuff), it’s always a good idea to let your line neighbours that you’re stepping out momentarily and will be back.

      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Todd May 23, 2017 at 11:35 am Reply

    Great info! I’ll be in Houston tomorrow night…is Edge mainly on the RED ZONE side or does he roam? I want to be near where he is but think by best bet for being near the stage is in front of Adam or on the extended tree stage side opposite the red zone…I won’t be there til around 3PM due to travel.

    • Joe Ahorro May 23, 2017 at 12:03 pm Reply

      Hi Todd,
      During the Joshua Tree set, Edge is often to the right of the catwalk but rarely in front of the Red Zone. For the pre and post Joshua Tree songs, he’ll be at the tree-stage. By 3pm, you should be around rows 5-8 main stage.
      Joe

  • Betsy May 23, 2017 at 5:04 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this! My husband and I are taking our eleven-year-old twins to their very first U2 concert in Dallas on Friday. We have general admission… I was going to go early and wait all day and my husband will bring them after school. Do you think this will work? And do you think if I’m there by 9am we will still be in front? Seems like we should try to be in front of the tree so we can make sure they can see over the stage!? Thank you!

    • Joe Ahorro May 24, 2017 at 9:40 am Reply

      Hi Betsy,
      I’m not sure what the GA rules will be for Dallas. I’d recommend dropping by the stadium Thursday after school to speak to the line managers and what they say about saving spots for children. I’d hate for you and your family to be disappointed if rules aren’t made clear or its rationale from the beginning.
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Aldo Comito May 24, 2017 at 11:28 am Reply

    Thanks for all this great info. I’ve been to 12 U2 shows but the Toronto show on June 23rd will be my first GA experience. I’ll be driving in from Montreal, the day of the concert and planning to be in the queue between 12-2pm. Friends of ours who have tickets with us on the same Credit Card will be there earlier (5-6 am) but we’re the one’s with the credit cards. Do you think we will have a problem getting in with them? or do you think they will have to wait for us before queuing?

    • Joe Ahorro May 24, 2017 at 1:02 pm Reply

      Hi Aldo,
      There’s a strong likelihood that the line managers will insist that everyone on the credit card be in line together. This has been a real challenge when it comes to the queue. With tickets in the past, whoever arrived later, would just wait in line when they arrived, and those further ahead could just save them a spot on the floor. But with credit card entry, the entire party needs to be together upon entry.
      I’d suggest that your friends who get there earlier scope out the line and talk to the line managers about protocol. But don’t be disappointed or surprised if they say that everyone needs to be together, meaning that they have to wait till you get there.

      In all honesty, I thing by the time you get there at noon, you’ll score 4th or 5th row main stage, so you’ll still get an awesome spot.

      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Linda Marr May 24, 2017 at 2:55 pm Reply

    How early should you line up if you have a red zone GA and want the rail?

    • Joe Ahorro May 24, 2017 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Hi Linda,
      Try arriving to the Red Zone line first thing in the morning of the show. Chances are there will be fans organizing a Red Zone line similar to a GA line. You should be able to score a good rail position if you arrive at that time.
      Joe

  • Yvette R. May 25, 2017 at 5:14 am Reply

    Joe you rock!!! My husband & I read over all of your suggestions. We were GA & attended the performance last night in Houston. We arrived at 10am pretty late in line we were #208 & #209, but since we knew where to go for best view, we were right beside #35 & #36 on the rail top right of the tree, Best. View. Ever. We took a million great pictures. Thanks for all you do to help create the best fan experience.

    • Joe Ahorro May 25, 2017 at 6:45 am Reply

      Hi Yvette,
      That makes me really happy that you and your husband got a great spot on the floor along the rail!!! Awesome view from there, no?
      Joe

  • Anonymous May 25, 2017 at 10:48 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, this is Alejandro from Argentina. Your blog is incredibly helpful! Lots of useful tips which will make hundreds of peoples life easier when preparing for the concert. I really appreciate what you have done.

  • Erin May 26, 2017 at 3:53 am Reply

    Hey Joe,

    First U2 concert, first GA experience, huge U2 fan just like you! Going to the Louisville show, I have contacted the stadium to find out what they will allow as in camping out, or times we can stand in line. Do you have any thoughts or pointers for this venue.

    Thank you for your article, it has helped out so much!

    • Joe Ahorro May 26, 2017 at 6:51 am Reply

      Hi Erin,
      I would suspect that the stadium in Louisville will not allow camping, like most other stadiums around North America. If I were you, go to the stadium the early morning before the show, see if a line has started or not. Then during the day, see if you can speak to security, specifically head of security to see if camping is allowed and how the GA entry process will work (i.e. where the line can enter).
      Joe

  • Anonymous May 26, 2017 at 6:09 am Reply

    Hi Joe,
    In general, if you had to pick between the back of the GA area or a grandstand seat, which would you say is better? My sister & I have been huge fans since the beginning but are now Moms in our late 40s who can’t get to Soldier Field before 6 the night of the show. I’m thinking even being the last row in the GA area will be a great atmosphere but I’m not sure..

    Anne
    Chicago

    • Joe Ahorro May 26, 2017 at 6:56 am Reply

      Hi Anne,
      I’ve always been more preferential GAs because the atmosphere is better there than seats, but granted, I’ve usually been at the front. The two times I’ve been further back at the soundboard was in Brazil, but the atmosphere down there is exceptional, and was electric all around the stadium.

      I also like GAs because they are more affordable than good seats. I hear you about not having the same time as before to line up early. I guess if you have good seats near the stage, they will have a better view than at the back. I’m not sure what to advise… it’s your call!

  • Anne May 26, 2017 at 7:45 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    I bought the General Admission tickets for my sister & I. It will be awesome as long as we can hear the music, but I’ll send a message after the concert! One thing I will say to alert other fans…. I bought tickets from Vivid Seats not realizing that we have to meet the original purchaser outside Soldier Field in Chicago so he can escort us in since they require that the person with the purchasing card be present at the time of entry. I am not at all happy with this & hoping for an uneventful experience getting into the concert. It’s my fault that I didn’t notice this was part of the deal with buying these tickets….but I wish the notice was in BOLD letters alerting purchasers to this important info….
    I’m worried about not arriving to the concert without REAL tickets in our hands…..

  • Joel May 26, 2017 at 8:43 pm Reply

    Joe,

    Thanks for posting this… and great pics…. I stood behind you in Edmonton 360, and by looking at your pics in vegas I was right near you there as well.

    I hope they come to YEG again….

  • Cheryl May 28, 2017 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Thank you for this! I have had personal issues keep me from the GA line for the past 3 tours, but this time I’m doing it. Saturday in Chicago!

    • Joe Ahorro May 28, 2017 at 1:17 pm Reply

      Have a great time in Chicago!

  • Steve May 28, 2017 at 9:26 pm Reply

    Joe,
    Great information. Thank you for taking the time and effort to share your experiences. I will be attending show 2 in Chicago next week and your advice will certainly come in handy. Enjoy the tour!

    • Joe Ahorro May 28, 2017 at 9:29 pm Reply

      Thanks, Steve! Have a great time in Chicago. U2 shows there tend to be amazing.

  • Héctor H May 28, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

    Hey Joe, great site and tips… I’m from Costa Rica and planning to attend the Tampa event…I’m a little worried because I bougth the tickets through vivid seats and so I’m not sure that the seller representative arrives early…. And blows our chances of a good spot on the GA floor… Any advice?

    The queue number system… Great idea.

    And any chance of meeting you in the Tampa show?

    Best of luck

    • Joe Ahorro May 29, 2017 at 2:15 pm Reply

      Hi Hector,
      Unfortunately, you would need to enter with the credit card purchaser. As an alternate plan, keep checking ticketmaster to see if any additional GA tickets are released, so you can buy one under your card.
      Joe

  • Jaana, Finland May 29, 2017 at 12:32 pm Reply

    Hi Ho, let´s go Joe!
    What a great info and an interesting read – loved the camping pics :D. I would like to ask what do you mean by awful security in MSG or what are some really good security experiences for you like the security sorting out the queue stuff. These times security at venues is very important (and have been doing some myself :)). Thank you if you have time to answer! Have a great JT tour!

    • Joe Ahorro May 30, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply

      Hi Jaana,
      During the ieTour, some of the MSG security were clearly in league with scalpers. Each morning on show day, MSG would release a handful of tickets at the box office. U2 fans queued up and waited hours to get their hands on tickets to see the show that night. These security guards kept telling them to leave the premises, but allowed scalpers to hang around, and get first crack at the ticket offices. In the end, only a few U2 fans got tickets, and the scalpers got most of them. The incident was reported by @atU2 and by the media.

      http://forum.atu2.com/index.php?topic=27906.15

      Very regrettable experience.
      Joe

  • Ethan May 29, 2017 at 2:21 pm Reply

    Hi,
    My first shoe this tour will be Miami and I was wondering about time the queue begins at the morning of the show. Is it mostly 6am as I’ve seen that as the time the line began at some of the recent shows?
    Thank you,
    Ethan

    • Joe Ahorro May 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

      Hey Ethan,
      The queue numbering system usually starts the morning before the show, and may require check-ins the day before, meaning you need to go to the queue in the morning and evening to check-in, and you can leave through the day. The morning of the show, you’ll probably be asked to arrive at 6am to check-in and stay in the queue for the day.
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

      • Ethan May 30, 2017 at 6:57 am Reply

        Okay that’s great thank you!
        Thanks

  • Sean Brennan May 29, 2017 at 7:06 pm Reply

    Hey Joe, love the site.

    Going to see the Chicago show this Sat, June 3rd. Any advice when and where the queue will start? I don’t think they allow camping overnight. Not sure if I should get a hotel the night before or just hang out by the stadium or is that allowed?
    Thanks man.

    Sean Brennan

    • Joe Ahorro May 29, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

      Hey Sean,
      To get around the ‘no-camping over night’, the queue numbering system usually starts the morning before the show, and may require check-ins the day before, meaning you need to go to the queue in the morning and evening to check-in, and you can leave through the day. The morning of the show, you’ll probably be asked to arrive at 6am to check-in and stay in the queue for the day.
      Enjoy the gig!
      Joe

  • Brian May 30, 2017 at 8:22 am Reply

    Hi Joe,
    Have you been hearing what time the Lumineers have been beginning playing and what time U2 has been starting their show?

    • Joe Ahorro May 30, 2017 at 12:27 pm Reply

      Hi Brian,
      Opening acts come on either at 7:00 or 7:30pm. U2 are usually on at 9:00pm.
      Joe

  • Brian May 30, 2017 at 12:23 pm Reply

    Joe,

    Thanks for the info. It should be quite helpful. Will you be at a show in Chicago? Hope to see you there.

    Bri

    • Joe Ahorro May 30, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply

      Hey Bri,
      Thanks for the note! Unfortunately, I won’t be at the Chicago show. Have a great time!
      Joe

  • Rebekah Mathis May 31, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

    We are going to the Chicago show, June 4th and will use my credit card to enter. Is there more than one location at the stadium to do this? Or can we print tickets ahead of time to avoid dealing with the credit card? Thanks for all of the info! This is our first show!!!

    • Joe Ahorro May 31, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply

      Hi Rebekah,
      There usually is just one entrance for the GA. Best to call the stadium venue (or you might get an event email notice) of where the entrance will be.
      Enjoy the show!
      Joe

  • Amy May 31, 2017 at 3:23 pm Reply

    I have recently had a hip/back injury and have GA seats for pittsburgh, toronto, and cleveland. Yes, I officially admit to my addiction.
    Always been in GA for past shows and loved it but never considered if I wanted to sit down on the floor…is that permitted?? I may need to rest my back now and then.

    • Joe Ahorro June 1, 2017 at 7:16 am Reply

      Hi Amy,
      I know of people sitting in the GA during the opening act and during the intermission (in between the opening act and before U2 get on stage). During the show, I can see it being more challenging to sit on the floor, unless you’re in the back or in an area less crowded. With that said, I see no reason why there would be a rule against sitting, so do what you need to do to be comfortable!
      Joe

  • Dave June 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm Reply

    Joe- Great info! I have an issue. I purchased 4 GA tickets to the June 3 Chicago show and 2 of our group won’t get there until 7pm. Ticketmaster won’t let me transfer tickets to them so those of us who want to go much earlier than 7pm need a solution. Do you know of any options to split the 4 tickets?

    Thank you,
    Dave

    • Joe Ahorro June 1, 2017 at 2:06 pm Reply

      Hi Dave,
      Myself, and a lot of other fans, really dislike the credit card entry because it’s so limiting for entry of fans arriving at different times.

      In Europe, some venues like the O2 in London, were able to print of the tickets from my credit card at the box office. I haven’t heard of North American venues being able to do that, yet. Might want to try to call the box office at Soldier Field to see if it’s possible to have the GAs printed, so that you can leave the pair for your friends arriving late. I really doubt Soldier Field or Ticketmaster will allow this, because they’re probably worried about scalpers taking advantage of this, but this hasn’t prevented scalpers from buying GAs. They just get gift credit cards, from places like Target or 7/11, purchase GAs using that card, and then sell the card to fans. If a venue asks for ID to go along with credit cards (only happened twice last tour), those fans who bought from scalpers got screwed over. *Sigh*.

      Anyway, I hope this helps. Good luck!
      Joe

  • Claire June 1, 2017 at 2:24 pm Reply

    Joe, this was amazingly helpful. Been going to shows for 33 years, but only ever camped out in the 80s and that was at ticketron offices at the Sears for actual paper tickets! I am personally one of those people who is happy to stand back a bit and take it all in. But your advice will be helpful when I meet three sisters in Chicago for GA on Saturday night, then again in philly for red zone.
    Best wishes to you at all these shows!
    Claire

    • Joe Ahorro June 1, 2017 at 10:00 pm Reply

      Hi Claire,
      I love meeting fans like yourself who have been following fans for many years! Please say hi to the three sisters for me 🙂
      Enjoy the shows too!
      Joe

  • Douglas Schlicht June 1, 2017 at 5:39 pm Reply

    For Chicago, I have 4 GA tickets, which I am planning on using for my family and I. I also have 2 tickets in Section 440, which I need to sell (face value). My credit card will be required for entry. Thus, my questions is this: For the people to whom I sell the tickets, can they stand in line with me in the GA line, and enter with me, even though they are sitting in Section 440? Thanks much!!
    Doug

    • Joe Ahorro June 1, 2017 at 10:12 pm Reply

      Hi Doug,
      I think seat tickets can be transfered to another credit card via Ticketmaster, but you may need to call them to double check. Otherwise, I can’t see any other way for the people you sell the ticket to and enter, unless they are with you.

      I really dislike credit card entry! Makes it really hard for fans to be flexible!
      Joe

  • cory sandgren June 1, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply

    I was wondering if you happen to know about handicap space on the floor. I have a son who is in a wheel chair, and I am not sure of their policy for that. I have a group of 5 for the floor for the June 3, Chicago show. Any thoughts?

    Thanks,
    Cory

    • Joe Ahorro June 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm Reply

      Hi Cory,
      I know at other venues, fans with disabilities were able to take to venue security for early entry (getting in before everyone else in the GA). I think you need to provide a doctors note or some paper work, but it may be worth while to call Soldier Field first to find out, or get down there tomorrow and talk to security about what is needed.

      Some venues have dedicated disabilities sections, but in Seattle, I saw a fan in a wheelchair at the front rail, main stage.

      Give this a try!
      Joe

  • matt brothers June 2, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply

    Hi Joe, thanks so much for sharing your vast knowledge of all things U2–specifically GA entry! My wife and another couple are going to the Saturday show in Chicago. We plan on arriving around 6 and aren’t concerned about getting up close. I believe the show starts at 7–safe to assume that is when the Lumineers will start playing? When have they typically been opening doors for those in the GA lines? Should we anticipate having to stand in line long if arriving at 6/6:30 pm. Thanks again for your time–
    Matt

    • Joe Ahorro June 2, 2017 at 11:04 am Reply

      Hi Matt,
      Glad you enjoyed the ‘Guide’! Doors typically open around 5:30 and the opening act comes on at 7:00 or 7:30. If you arrive at 6:00/6:30, I can’t anticipate a long line, if Soldier Field have a good process of entry (i.e. multiple gates and fast ticket scanners).
      Have a great time at the show!
      Joe

  • Ash June 2, 2017 at 11:18 am Reply

    Hi Joe,
    Thanks for all the information… my husband and I will be going to the show tomorrow night in Chicago! Our first ever GA experience!! We are so excited. I was wondering how we would find out what hotel they’ll be coming from or what entrance they’ll use… it would be a dream come true to get an autograph or a picture! Thanks again for the info!! -Ash

    • Joe Ahorro June 2, 2017 at 11:46 am Reply

      Hi Ash,
      That’s exciting that this will be your first GA experience! I am not sure which hotel U2 stays in Chicago. I do know there is an entrance to Soldier Field to possibly meet U2 (I had done it in 2009) – best to walk around the stadium grounds around 2:00 to see where other fans are clustered. Edge usually enters first, followed by the others. Don’t expect Larry to say hi – he usually jets right in. Better chance that Adam or Bono says hi.
      Good luck!
      Joe

  • Nora Gallegos June 2, 2017 at 6:28 pm Reply

    Hey Joe!

    Thanks for the GA info…because of the weather tomorrow I have decided to buck up and make a day of it on Sunday! I loved U2 my whole life but thank you for the info to get me out of the seats and onto the floor where I belong. 🙂 I’m a little short so I hope I’ll be ok! Thanks again!! I can’t wait!!!

    Nora

  • Jessica June 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply

    Joe- going to CHI Sunday night concert. I have GA tickets I bought from Vivid that came on a card. I will be arriving first and hoping to get in line early afternoon. He doesn’t fly in till later and won’t get there until after gates open probably. How can I handle getting him his ticket? Thanks!!!!!!

    • Jessica June 3, 2017 at 9:10 pm Reply

      Joe- obviously I forgot to type that a friend is coming with me and arriving later. 🙂

      • Joe Ahorro June 3, 2017 at 9:13 pm Reply

        Hi Jessica,
        Thanks for the note. I have a hunch the line leaders will want all people on the credit card together at the time of sign in. When you arrive in the queue, ask the line leaders what the ‘policy’ is, but from my understanding of past queues this tour, they’ve insisted that everyone is together (which prevents people signing up loads of people who aren’t there yet). But I could be wrong.
        In any event, have a great time and enjoy the show!
        Joe

  • monica June 5, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

    Hi Joe,
    Awesome blog and information, been following it since 2011!. I decided to splurge this year and get RED ZONE tickets for the Pittsburgh show on wednesday… do you have any recommendations for me? From your blog it seems the best spot is on the tree… I think the RED ZONE is a bit too much to the right to be in the center!

    Thank you cannot wait!
    Monica

    • Joe Ahorro June 5, 2017 at 9:29 am Reply

      Hi Monica,
      Thanks for following along! I really appreciate it 🙂
      If I were you, go to the stadium on Tuesday and ask around where the queue will be for Red Zone. You can also try calling the box office to see if they know. I know fans start lining up for Red Zone the early morning of the show.

      Since U2 rarely (if ever) spend any time in front of the main stage, best to head along the rail along the tree, on the right side of the tree where the Red Zone borders the GA floor, for a good side view of the band. Alternatively, you can go to the spot where the cat walk intersects the tree, but you’ll be looking at the behind of U2 most of the time.

      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Chris June 5, 2017 at 10:05 am Reply

    Thanks so much for all the awesome information. Quick question, I’m going to the show on Wednesday night in Tampa next week with GA tickets. There’s no way I can get there until about an hour before the show and will be meeting up with friends doing the same. Will it be easy for us to find each other towards the middle or back of the crowd? Obviously we won’t get up front but I still think it will be fine.

    • Joe Ahorro June 5, 2017 at 10:09 am Reply

      Hi Chris,
      I think it might be a challenge to meet your friends in the middle of the pitch. Maybe near the soundboard (where the sound is pristine), but having to sift through 1000s of people will be difficult!
      Joe

  • Abe Froman June 5, 2017 at 11:53 am Reply

    What time does U2 start playing?

    • Joe Ahorro June 5, 2017 at 11:55 am Reply

      Hi Abe,
      They usually start around 9:00pm.
      Joe

  • JenK June 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply

    Joe,

    Just wanted to say thanks, and to compliment what you’ve put together! My only U2 shows have been GA, and your experiences make me remember mine happily! I was curious about the tree stage for this one and your post answered my questions! We are headed to the Miami show around 6am on Sunday, hoping for a rail spot at the top of the tree. It’s my husband’s first U2 show and I know that no matter where we are, he’s in for a lifetime experience!

    Jen

    • Joe Ahorro June 6, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

      Hi Jen,
      Thanks for the kind note! If you’re planning on going at 6am Sunday morning, which will likely be the check in time, I’d recommend going to the stadium the day before to get a number. I imagine the venue will not allow camping over night, so GAers who get a number the day before will be asked to return later that night for a roll-call, and come back the next early morning for final roll-call and to queue up. If you plan to get there early anyway, might as well get a number the day before. This should increase your chances to grab a coveted rail spot along the top of the tree!
      Joe

  • Sean Brennan June 5, 2017 at 6:10 pm Reply

    Thanks Joe, Saturday’s show in Chicago was awesome! Security issued wrist band with a number. We got to the line at 715 AM day of show and were #384. We ended up on the right side of the tree 4 rows back from the rail (10 ft from stage). Great view of the band. Larry’s drum set is on that side. Bono stood mostly on the right side. The Edge was mostly left but he switched sides numerous times. The tree is definitely better than the main stage. Hope that helps some decisions out there.

    • Joe Ahorro June 6, 2017 at 8:17 am Reply

      Hi Sean,
      This is really helpful! Thanks for sharing.
      Joe

  • Chris June 5, 2017 at 7:42 pm Reply

    Joe,

    I’ll be at the Pittsburgh show this Saturday. I’ve only done GA one other time, but I’ve spent years talking with fans on the procedure, so I think I generally have it down.

    I do have a question though. For this show, I really want to try to meet the band when they enter the stadium. I know where they will be entering and have read some great tips on meeting the band the day of show (weather, friendliness, etc. all play a role, of course).

    If I want to try and wait in order to meet the band, what should I do about the GA line? I want to get there day of show, but I’m not sure if I should claim my spot in line and then try to wait for the band or if I should just wait for the band and then claim my GA spot after. I don’t want to piss people off!

    Thanks for all your help!

    • Joe Ahorro June 6, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

      Hi Chris,
      If you need to step away from the queue, just let a few people around you that you need to step away and will be back, but try not to be away from the line for too long. If you try to meet the band around 3, I think you should be back in the line by around 4:30, as doors open between 5 and 5:30.
      Good luck!
      Joe

  • Orlei Solo w/U2 June 6, 2017 at 3:01 pm Reply

    Boston Gillette:
    Joe!!!! Thanks immensely for all your inputs regarding GA/lineup/checkinNumberingSystem. Could I expect you to keep us uptodated if possible as to how things are going to be planned?
    Due deference to you’re humble number one fan that always put first its kindness to all of us needy and hyper excited to what its to be a glorious unforgettable day/life&and what is to come next!

    • Joe Ahorro June 7, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

      Hi Orlei,
      Thank you for your kind note!
      I’ll do my best to keep the guide updated as the tour continues.
      Joe

  • matt kelly June 6, 2017 at 3:54 pm Reply

    u2 is coming to st louis and I been looking at tickets, I know u say don’t pay attention to row or sections or seats for GA but is there a reason why GA is $250 and GA ROW1 is $459? I thought they were first row tickets I about bought them.

    • Joe Ahorro June 7, 2017 at 7:51 am Reply

      Hi Matt,
      It sounds like these are Red Zone tickets? Normal GAs cost around $70-90.
      Joe

  • Jennifer MacDonald June 8, 2017 at 10:46 am Reply

    Hey Joe,
    I recall meeting you in Las Vegas back in 2009! Thank you as always for your site and helpful information! Looking forward to Toronto, Cleveland, and now Buffalo! I am curious as to your opinion about Red Zone vs. GA? Have you been in the Red Zone for any of the Joshua Tree shows?
    Thanks again…you ROCK!
    Jen Mac : )

    • Joe Ahorro June 8, 2017 at 2:25 pm Reply

      Hey Jen,
      Thanks for the note!
      I have to admit, I’ve never done Red Zone. I have a few friends who have. Any questions you have about it I can try answering?
      Joe

  • Luis A Marin June 9, 2017 at 4:34 am Reply

    Hello Joe. This is very helpful, thank you. For credit card entry, is that done at the point you enter the staduin or when exactly? I bought GA tickets for a group of friends, I have a regular seat. Can I check them in early amd then leave them, or do I have to be with them with my card and id up to the point they enter the stadium? Thanks again

    • Joe Ahorro June 9, 2017 at 7:23 am Reply

      Hi Luis,
      I’ve read somewhere that you can ask or approach the box office in this situation. I’m not sure what happens, whether they transfer the GA entry to another card or print out tickets for a friend of for you. You can certainly line up with them and swipe them in, which happens at the point of entry. But that’s really problematic for you, because you’d be waiting with them for a while, and then get through the crowd of GA. Best to call the venue to see what can be arranged.
      Joe

  • Shannon Newman June 9, 2017 at 7:41 am Reply

    Hey Joe-
    I’ve followed your advice for a few years. Because of you we scored front row on 360 tour. We’re going to see them in DC at Fed Ex field. Just talked to the venue and they are adment they aren’t opening parking lots until 3pm. Any advice on how to find out where folks are queing up? Honestly, the venue seems clueless. are there discussion groups anywhere online? Help???

    • Joe Ahorro June 9, 2017 at 7:50 am Reply

      Hi Shannon,
      Thanks for the note! The venue wouldn’t know where the queue will form. As we know, the GA line is led by the fans. The venue may say they don’t allow camping or queuing on the premises. What has happened at other venues, and likely at Fed Ex Field, is that the queue will be managed by a few fans near the stadium (but officially off the premises) and use the check-in system to keep fans away from camping. This means fans who arrive at the queue get a number and will be asked to return for ‘check-ins’. The day of the show, when the venue will have staff on site and allow fans to line up, that’s when everyone comes for the final check-in and expect to stay the entire time.

      I’d recommend going to the stadium the early morning the day before the show, walk around the stadium, and see where the queue is being managed.

      Good luck!
      Joe

      • Shannon Newman June 9, 2017 at 8:19 am Reply

        Thanks Joe- Yes- I knew the que was managed by the fans and that the venue wouldn’t have that info. Last time , we arrived at 7am but had planned on potentially overnighting it this go around. Oh these poor venues, they just don’t “get it”. 🙂

  • Anonymous June 9, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    This is great. Thank you!

  • Tom Varitek June 9, 2017 at 9:19 am Reply

    Wow! This was very thoughtful and helpful! Thanks for putting this together Joe! I’ll be GA in Detroit. Fourth time seeing them but first for GA. Thanks!!

  • Tom Varitek June 9, 2017 at 9:20 am Reply

    Wow! This was very thoughtful and helpful! I will be GA for Detroit. My fourth time seeing them–but first in GA. Thanks!!

    • Anonymous June 9, 2017 at 9:22 am Reply

      Apparently I meant that so much, I said it twice!

      • Joe Ahorro June 9, 2017 at 9:30 am Reply

        Hey Tom,
        Thanks for the note! I’ll be in Detroit too. See you there!
        Joe

  • Jerry June 9, 2017 at 6:34 pm Reply

    Good job man! You covered it all very well. You also have some good photography. I have done the DSLR thing and been quite lucky so far, mostly on the last tour but I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get it in on this tour. I definitely understand the love of shooting this band and how exhilarating it can be! Are you using a mirrorless camera? If so, which one? I’ve looked at the Sony a series but wasn’t sure how well they would do for that kind of expense. Any info would be much appreciated. Thanks

  • Jerry June 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm Reply

    You just answered my previous question on your photography section lol

  • Lauren June 12, 2017 at 7:35 am Reply

    Thanks for such a detailed and thoughtful guide. I am going to the Tampa Joshua Tree concert. Two of us have GA tickets and two have seats. We plan to enter through the GA gate and split up…since there are no paper tickets how does security know our seat numbers?

    Do you know where the band stays in Tampa?

    • Joe Ahorro June 12, 2017 at 7:42 am Reply

      Hi Lauren,
      I’ve read somewhere that you can ask or approach the box office in this situation. I’m not sure what happens, whether they transfer the GA entry to another card or print out seat tickets for the other two. Best to call the venue to see what can be arranged.
      Joe

  • Lauren June 12, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

    Thanks Joe!

  • Kristen Szymanski June 12, 2017 at 10:30 am Reply

    Thank you for all the great info. I just purchased my ticket today for KC. This will be the first U2 show I’m going solo. I KNOW I will meet some great people, I always have in the past. I also know I want to stand by the tree. I just know from past experiences I’m most comfortable by the B stage. Now I know where to stand by the tree to get the best view. Thanks again!!!!

    • Joe Ahorro June 13, 2017 at 7:24 am Reply

      Hey Kristen,
      I’ve been told that if you have one show to see this tour, the b-stage (top or side of the tree) is the best place to see the show. To make rail, I’d highly recommend getting to the queue to get a number two nights before the show. Or very early morning the day before the show.
      Enjoy the concert!
      Joe

  • Jeff P. June 13, 2017 at 7:15 am Reply

    Thanks for sharing, does anyone care to share what time the second encore usually ends? We are trying to figure out what time the show will be over so we can tell the babysitter. Gen X problems, LOL

    • Joe Ahorro June 13, 2017 at 7:21 am Reply

      Hey Jeff,
      The show usually ends around 11pm. Enjoy the show!
      Joe

  • Wesley June 13, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply

    Hey Joe,

    I’m going to the Louisville show and was curious as to where the queue line for general admission will start? Didn’t know if the people policing and organizing the line have a location in mind ahead of time or if they just decide on the spot? Any info you have would be great.

    Thanks,
    Wesley

    • Joe Ahorro June 13, 2017 at 2:53 pm Reply

      Hi Wesley,
      I’m not sure where the line will start. My advice is to walk near and around the stadium the two nights before or the morning before the show to see where the line is being managed. There’s usually signage or a cluster of fans gathered together. This is usually decided on the spot depending on what venue security tell fans where they can do this.
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Joan June 13, 2017 at 2:12 pm Reply

    Thank you for such detailed guidelines! I’m going to the show in Philly on June 18th. I want to get in line early for GA, however the rest of my friends have a life and can’t get there until later. Of course I hold the credit card for four tickets. If I call the stadium, will they be able to let me know if there will be a “guestbook”. Maybe I can work something out with social media.
    Anyway, I am officially super-psyched to see the show! Following you on Twitter. Looking forward to going through you pics!!

    • Joe Ahorro June 13, 2017 at 2:57 pm Reply

      Hi Joan,
      The venue will most likely not know where the GA line book will be. Best to scope out the venue two nights before or the morning before to see where the line is being managed. You’ll see fans lingering for no reason – except to manage giving people numbers – rain or shine!

      It may be a challenge to be together with your whole party if they want to arrive later. Venues tend to ask fans to line up together. In any event, even if you get there later with your friends, it is still an amazing show, and you get to enjoy it with people you care about. The screen is huge and in HD – can’t miss a beat!

      Thanks for the comment about the pictures – I really enjoy taking photos of U2 🙂

  • Brad June 13, 2017 at 4:16 pm Reply

    Hey Joe, my family and I are travelling in to TO for the show on June 23rd. I am really eager to get a spot on the rail, but we can’t get into TO until the evening before the concert. Can you give any venue specific advice?

  • Chase June 13, 2017 at 7:07 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thank you so much for your detailed guide on how to approach the GA section of U2 shows. I am seeing U2 in Tampa tomorrow and coming down from Orlando. If I arrive around lunch time to get in the GA, will I be screwed on my view for the concert? Sorry to email at the last minute.

    Thanks in advance!!

    • Joe Ahorro June 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm Reply

      Hey Chase,
      It all depends on how many people are in the line at that time. You’ll probably not get a rail position, but be around 5-6 rows at the front of the main stage (try to stay centre or over to Edge side) or around 7th row in front or to the side of the tree-stage. You’ll be able to see the screen no matter where you are, but should still have a line of sight to the band.
      Joe

      • Chase June 14, 2017 at 5:56 am Reply

        Awesome. Thank you for your response and thanks again for the time and effort put into this article. Keep rockin’ bro!

  • Eric June 14, 2017 at 4:17 am Reply

    Thank you for all the valuable information, and thank you for taking the time to help us out!!!!

  • Tony Glosek June 14, 2017 at 10:43 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, I live about one mile from the stadium for the Buffalo show and I also work at the best pizzeria in Buffalo , NY. I would like to line up night before but my wife is opposed to doing so because she is in stage 5 kidney failure and simply can’t do so. My question is this, if I promised pizza and wings for the first 50 people in line would they allow me to hold a spot for my wife ? I’m not kidding about the best pizzeria in Buffalo! It’s called IMPERIAL PIZZA. Let me know what you think. Thank you!

    • Joe Ahorro June 15, 2017 at 7:18 am Reply

      Hey Tony,
      Thanks for the note. I’m really sorry to hear about your wife’s health. I’ll certainly keep you guys in my thoughts and prayers.

      With respect to the line – What has been happening at a lot of the shows is a ‘check-in’ system. So, say that if you and your wife get a number the the early morning before the concert, you won’t be expected to line up, but check in later that day and again at night. This is a way to minimize the number of people lingering around the stadium the day before the show when the venue doesn’t have security near by. However, on the day of the show, fans are expected to line up for the day. This is where you can talk to the people around you and ask if it’s okay that your wife rests because of her health condition. I find most people reasonable and if it’s explained under those terms, most won’t have a problem. The pizza is a nice way to make your neighbours happy 🙂 I’ll bet you if you ask the line leaders, they won’t be as compromising, but that’s because they need to be consistent with the application of their rules. However, if you speak to a few of those around you, especially those behind you, you’ll want to make sure it’s cool with them.

      I hope this provides a different option for you!
      Joe

  • Erin Simpson June 15, 2017 at 2:46 am Reply

    Joe,

    First U2 concert, first GA. I got in contact with the stadium facilities operator a week or so ago for the Louisville show. The Queueing line starts at 8am, parking for ga opens the same time. No overnight queueing is allowed. Given this information, what would Joe do? What time would Joe arrive? Is there a Facebook community that can help guide my U2 GA experience?

    Also, it’s suppose to be a hot one 94 and sunny. What do you bring to cool you down and avoid heat exhaustion?

    Lots of finally questions… shows tmw and I am anxious!!

    All the Best,

    Erin Simpson

    • Joe Ahorro June 15, 2017 at 7:30 am Reply

      Hi Erin,
      FIRST U2 CONCERT?!!! That’s a special occasion 🙂

      As I’ve mentioned in the Guide, just because a venue says no queuing, doesn’t mean a queue won’t be organized off-site. I want you to have an amazing experience for your first U2 and GA! So this is what I recommend:

      – Go to the stadium right away (since the show is tomorrow). Walk/drive around the stadium to see if fans have started the GA line. There is sometimes a sign or a few people lingering on lawn chairs with a book and sharpie marker.
      – Once you find the GA line manager, get a number. If you are on your own, no problem. If you are going with friends and are on the same credit card, you need to be check in together and line up together. It will be a check in system, when fans will be asked to return to the stadium to check in. This is the way to maintain a line but get around the ‘no camping’ rule.
      – The morning of the show, that’s when fans will be allowed on stadium property and ‘officially’ line up. That’s where the 8am time comes into effect.
      – To be comfortable, I’d recommend bringing a lawn chair and an umbrella/hat to stay cool. Bring lots of water or gatorade to stay hydrated. If you need to use the washroom, you’re able to peel away from the line quickly to do so. Just inform your GA neighbours.
      – Since this is your first show, I’d highly recommend going to the top of the tree at the b-stage. The stage is lower and you’ll have an amazing view of U2. If people are walking, then walk too. If people start running to the spot, follow them. If you walk and others run, try to speed up and keep pace. It’s important to stay safe, buy not be left behind.
      – Once you get into the stadium and to a rail position, sit down, and get to know those around you. Once the second and third rows form behind you, let a few people know around you that you need to use the washroom, and ask them to hold your spot. This presumes you need to use the washroom after drinking lots of fluids throughout the day.

      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Dan June 16, 2017 at 5:40 am Reply

    Just drove by the stadium in Louisville where tonight’s show will happen. I’m so excited! I saw a few people in the Gate 1 area – appeared to be getting wrist bands. I’ll be back later this afternoon with wife and kids. Our first U2 show! We’ll see you all in GA! Thanks for the great info, Joe!

  • Brian Connors June 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply

    Joe,

    I’ve been to many U2 shows over the years, but this time I’m taking my kids (ages 13, 11, 9) to their first U2 show. Toronto. Any GA advice since they’re shorter than most fans? We probably won’t get there until 2:30-3:00pm day of show.

    Regards,

    Brian

    • Joe Ahorro June 19, 2017 at 7:52 am Reply

      Hi Brian,
      Good question. I’m not sure what to advise. I do know that if you’re in the 250-300 range in terms of GA line number, you’ll make 3 rows back from the front of the top tree-stage, which is a great view. The stage is lower and your kids should see them at a relatively close range. The screen is so big that they won’t miss a beat from seeing it.
      Joe

    • Richard June 21, 2017 at 1:31 pm Reply

      Hey Brian,

      I’m in the same boat – Bringing my two young boys to the concert ( 9 and 8) – they are VERY excited to be at a REAL concert ( guess Wild Kratz don’t count). We were given awesome advice about hanging back by the sound mixing area…We’ll see when we get down to the Rogers Center – not going to line up too early as I’m fearful that they might ” get way too tired before the end of the set.
      For us – it’s all about the experience -the show / music and fans!
      If you’re hanging around the back of GA – you’ll see us!
      Good luck and enjoy the concert with the family.
      Richard

  • Bob Wiley June 19, 2017 at 11:13 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    I am going to DC tomorrow. They said they are giving out numbered wristbands at 8am the morning of the show. at Noon, they are allowing people into a pavilion area to line up in order of your number. At 4:30 or 5:00 they will let the GA line enter. Thus, I am planning on getting there at 8am with my part of 3 others, getting our numbered wristbands, and coming back later. Does this sound like any other venues youve heard about this tour? What do you think of my plan? thanks.

    PS what time does U2 come out?

    • Joe Ahorro June 19, 2017 at 2:34 pm Reply

      Hey Bob,
      This seems to be happening a lot in the US.

      If you can get numbers with the rest of your party today with the ‘unofficial fan-led GA line’, I’d highly recommend it. It’s not too difficult – just go to the stadium, find the cluster of fans with the GA book, and get numbers on your hand. They’ll ask you to return tomorrow morning before wristbands are issued and follow the schedule you just described.

      The gates open around 5:00 or 5:30. The opening act out at 7:00 or 7:30, and U2 out at 9:00.

      Joe

  • Scott June 22, 2017 at 8:13 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    Thanks for the guide! I’m super pumped to be attending my first U2 show tomorrow in Toronto at the Rogers Centre! I had a question about the credit card entry. My family has bought 5 tickets: 3 of them are GA and 2 are in the setas. All of the tickets are on one credit card, so I’m wondering if the 3 GA tickets (including me) will be allowed in separately before the seats tickets since “the whole party must enter together”. The entrances for the GA and seats are different, so I assume that we can, but I wanted to make sure based on your experience.

    As well, my brother and I are lining up in the GA around noon, but my sister might be coming in at 4-5pm in the afternoon because of work. Do you think the GA queue would let her join us in line so that we can enter together.

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read this!

    Scott Michaels

    • Joe Ahorro June 22, 2017 at 8:57 am Reply

      Hey Scott,
      I’ve read about how other venues have allowed fans to separate the GA and seat tickets by calling the venue box office. Either physical tickets were printed and/or transferred to different cards. So give them a call.

      You’ll have to talk to the people around you to see if it’s okay that your sister join you around 4-5. There might be some resistance to this, because if a lot of people saved spots for people, it might be seen as unfair for those who took time off and waited. Another complication is that doors will open around 5 and it might be hard for your sister to find you if you’re past the point of security check. I’m not sure if it’s possible she can meet you guys earlier, but that would probably be best.

      Either way, all of you will have a great time! It’s such an amazing show!

      Joe

      • Scott Michaels June 22, 2017 at 10:10 am Reply

        Thanks Joe, appreciate the reply!

        The venue told us to try transferring the tickets but we aren’t able to because it’s credit card entry. We decided to just print out the physical tickets for the seats, so i think it’ll work out.

        Scott

  • Hannah Bernard June 22, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply

    Hi Jon!

    Thanks SO much for all of this vert useful info!! I am going to see U2 in just outside Boston on Sunday. I talked to the security at the stadium and they informed me that they aren’t letting anyone line up until 2:30pm the day of the concert. Doors open at 4:30pm, show starts at 6:30pm. Do you have any idea from your past experiences if people generally get to the venue long before they are allowed to line up? I’ve never heard of such a late line up time, but maybe you have some wisdom as to how to still get there early enough to be close-ish to the tree/stage?
    Thanks for any ideas, advice, etc.! 🙂

    • Joe Ahorro June 23, 2017 at 3:05 pm Reply

      Hi Hannah,
      Sorry for the delay in responding. Busy days! There has been an ‘unofficial line’ that started yesterday, as explained in the Guide. If you can, drop by the stadium to see what’s happening, and the rules being applied for the queue.

      To give you some context, my best buddy arrived in Toronto and to the queue the morning of the show around 10am. He was number 530 and upon arrival into the stadium, ended up 3rd row centre, in front of the main stage, and is over-the-moon. Hopefully this gives you an idea that even if you arrive in the morning and in the hundreds, you will definitely get an awesome spot.

      Hope this helps!

      Joe

      • Hannah Bernard June 23, 2017 at 5:48 pm Reply

        No worries, and thanks so much for the head’s up, Joe! Unfortunately we can’t get to the stadium until around noon but hopefully we can still get fairly close to the tree – Can’t wait! Your advice has been SO helpful! 🙂

    • Luiz June 25, 2017 at 12:58 pm Reply

      The whole thing was a scam. We showed up the night before and put our name on a list. We were told to show out the next day and get our wrist band. We did that. We were told “show up at 3:45 and we will order the line based on wristbands”. In the end none of it mattered. It’s first come first served. The entire process meant zero at Gillette.

      • Joe Ahorro June 25, 2017 at 1:28 pm Reply

        I’m really sorry to hear that Luiz. This happened to me in Zagreb 2009 for the U2 360 Tour. It’s beyond frustrating when security send mixed or inconsistent messages/instructions.

        • Luiz June 25, 2017 at 1:35 pm Reply

          Thanks Joe. I realize it works at some places. It was a total screw up here. Nobody seemed to know what was up. Gillette security told us to “wash the numbers off our hands” one minute only to say “we will honor that” the next.” Ugh. I think we will be first 4/5 rows as it is which is cool but we put in a top 1/2 effort. Still excited for the show. Thanks for this site. It did help.

          • Joe Ahorro June 25, 2017 at 1:40 pm

            Hey Luiz,
            Geez – talk about literally giving conflicting instructions!

            I totally understand what you’re going through. When I saw U2 in Zagreb (2009), security moved the barriers forward by 10 meters without warning at noon, and there was a made scramble to get a good spot from where we were lined up. They then told everyone to stand. It was searing hot with no shade. Any semblance of order was gone and I ended up leaving the GA line because it was so tense and security non-responsive to the concerns of fans.

            Where about are you in the line? To give you some scale, my best bud was #530 in Toronto, and ended up 3rd row centre, main stage.
            Joe

          • Luiz June 26, 2017 at 8:09 am

            So in the end it ended up being incredible but it had nothing to do with the people running the unofficial GA line. The whole thing went like this.

            Day before show: We showed up at 5:30pm the night before the show. We find the unofficial line and put our name in the GA book and got numbers written on our hands in the high 100’s. They told us to show up no later than 6am the day of the show to confirm our spot and get wrist bands. We were pumped. We then walked over to the gate where GA would be lining up the next day to catch a view of the stage and spoke with a security guard. The security guard was super nice and said “Good, you guys have your numbers! You will want to start lining up early tomorrow.” Our plan was to arrive at 5:45am the day of the show.

            Day of the show: Show up at 5:45am. There is arguing going on between security and the GA person with the record book. Security is telling everyone to stay away from the venue until 2:30pm and to wash the numbers off our hands as they are useless. Security makes everybody leave the scene. We are told by the people organizing the line to “check FB for updates”. We decide to hang our for an hour at Dunkin Donuts and head back around 7am. At this point the unofficial line has moved further away from the entrance point and they are telling those with numbers on their hands to “come back at 11am to get wrist bands.” Security is still telling people to leave at this point. 11am – we get our wrist bands and are pumped. We jumped up a few spots in the line and are now in the low 180’s. We are told to come back at 3:45pm. I spoke with a security guard at this point who says he has no idea what is going on but that the stadium security has nothing to do with any line. He was nice but admitted he had no clue and had heard various things about what is happening. 3:45pm – we show up to a mad house in from the the GA entrance. About 1,000 people spread out in a large area (there are about 8 turnstiles set up for GA). Perhaps 80% of the people do not have any wrist band and just showed up. There is an attempt to figure out wristband numbers but the whole thing ends up a wash. It literally turned into a “first come first served” scenario with zero ability to organize.

            The good part: Gates open at 5pm. We are about 50 people deep for our turnstile to get through the gate. The stage is a full football field away. We sprint (some were walking / some were running) and make it just left of the the very top of the tree behind one person. We had an incredible show, insane view and it all worked out in the end. 8 hours on our feet but worth it to get up close and personal for the show. As was written previously – top of the tree seemed best. They almost never turn to play behind them anywhere along the top will work great.

            In the end: Unfortunately the attempts to organize it all ended up not working out. I feel bad for the people that put in days of effort to make it happen. They spent hours signing people up and handing our wristbands all for nought.

  • Nikki June 24, 2017 at 9:55 am Reply

    Hi Joe,

    I am also going to the show in Foxboro on Sunday. I’ve been looking for info on where the fan led line is gathering, but haven’t been able to find anything. I noticed that you mentioned that the line has already started. Are you aware of where it is? I would appreciate your help. I plan to arrive around 8am the day of the show & would like to get my number as soon as I get there. This is my first show of this tour and I am beyond excited! I’ll also be seeing them in NJ on 6/28 & Dublin!

  • Amy Pekala June 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Joe, This is exactly what “I’m looking for!” Thank you so much. I’m doing GA in St Louis this fall which will be at an indoor stadium, and your tips are “magnificent.” I got Bono’s set list at the Jul 2011 show (holy cow, that was an incredibly hot and humid day spent at Busch Stadium), and I was floored when the crew gave me the list 3/4 through the show. Again, thank you! I’ll be following your site throughout the tour.

    • Joe Ahorro June 25, 2017 at 1:34 pm Reply

      Hi Amy,
      I’m glad this was informative for you. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  • Catt June 25, 2017 at 7:34 am Reply

    Hi Joe, do you know about lining up for the red zone? I’ve seen U2 in 87, and 92. There was no red zone or secondary stage, and in 92 only a catwalk. No ga at that show either. I was 10th row at the catwalk. I’d appreciate any advise getting on the rail of the red zone near tree :).

    • Catt June 25, 2017 at 7:36 am Reply

      I forgot to say I’m seeing them in San Diego.

    • Joe Ahorro June 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

      Hi Catt,
      There’s been enough questions about Red Zone that I really should add it to the Guide. So this tour, the Red Zone line has its own separate entrance and usually starts forming the morning of the show. Once inside the Red Zone, I’d highly advice going to the side of the tree stage in the Red Zone. If you’re situated under the tree or along the catwalk, you won’t get a good view of them. A side perspective is good and Bono and Edge often turn their way over there.
      Joe

  • Cheryl June 25, 2017 at 9:15 pm Reply

    Hi Joe! Thanks for all your tips and for sharing​ your amazing experiences with us. We have GA tickets for tbe Cleveland concert on July 1st. Any advice or information about this venue would be appreciated.

  • Lexie June 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    First of all thank you for your amazing and updated guides! I’ve been reading your guides since 2009! I’ve attended several U2 shows GA but this is my first show with red zone tickets for myself and my fiancé. We are attending Cleveland this Saturday July 1st. Should we scope out the line up the day before? Any other tips? Will you be in attendance? Thank you again.

    • Joe Ahorro June 27, 2017 at 10:16 am Reply

      Hey Lexie,
      Thanks for the kind note! I’ve noticed the fans in Red Zone have tended to start their line the morning of the show. The Red Zone has a separate entrance from the GA. If you have the time, I’d recommend scoping out the venue the day before to confirm the entrance of Red Zone with security or venue staff.

      I wish I was attending, but unfortunately I’ll miss the Cleveland gig. My next U2 concert is in Dublin and then I’ll see them in Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, and then Detroit when they come back to North America.

      Perhaps I’ll cross paths with you and your fiancee at a future show!

      Joe

  • Anonymous June 27, 2017 at 7:58 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,

    In your experience, do they let people into the GA section when they say they are going to? For example, they say they are going to let people onto the floor at 5pm at the shows in East Rutherford, NJ.

    Thanks.

    • Joe Ahorro June 27, 2017 at 9:48 pm Reply

      Hi there,
      Doors to the venue generally open around 5pm. U2 has to finish their soundcheck before any fans are let into the stadium. Have a great time!
      Joe

  • Anonymous June 28, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply

    Joe,

    Thanks for all the great information. I’m going to the show at Met Life Stadium in NJ tomorrow. I have GA tickets and have seen many U2 shows that way.
    Two quick questions. They say they are opening up the parking lot and permitting lining up at 10:00. I know all venues are different, but If I get there right when they open the lot and get in line, do you think I’ll have a pretty good chance to get along the rail towards the top of the tree stage? Also, if I’m lining up early and waiting for the gates to open at 5:00, any tips for trying to meet the band when they are going in for soundcheck? I’ve never had much luck with that. Thanks in advance. Michael

    • Joe Ahorro June 28, 2017 at 10:43 am Reply

      Hey Michael,
      While the venue states that they will permit lining up at 10:00, what this means is that is the time when the venue will have staff on site, and fans are allowed on the venue. In lieu of this, fans have organized a line just off site, but near the venue, and then move onto the stadium grounds when it’s time (in this case, 10am). Some like this, others don’t, but this has been the case at some USA shows since summer 2009. In any event, if you have a vehicle and aren’t too far away, check out the stadium tonight or very early tomorrow morning. The interweb tells me that the off-site line is being managed at the Hilton parking lot, close to the stadium.

      The band usually enters the stadium around 2 or 3pm? Edge is usually first, and if anyone one comes out to meet fans, it’s likely Adam and/or Bono. I’m not familiar with Met Life Stadium, so I don’t know where they’d enter.

      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Richard Browne June 29, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply

    Joe,

    Love all of your information and passion! Any chance you will be downloading any of the Joshua Tree shows anytime soon?

    RB

    • Joe Ahorro June 29, 2017 at 7:11 am Reply

      Hey Richard,
      Thanks for the note. I’ve had issues with my webserver and am currently upgrading that. Once that’s switched over, I’ll be updating the download section of the site.
      Stay tuned!
      Joe

  • Anonymous July 10, 2017 at 3:20 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, amazing page. I normally do queue from early morning for Radiohead, and rules are quite the same. I’ll attend Berlin concert on Wednesday, plan to queue from 800am, hope I can make it to the front!

    • Joe Ahorro July 11, 2017 at 7:36 am Reply

      If you can, check out the line today. Numbers for the queue may be assigned with fans asking to check in tonight and again tomorrow morning, where you will be asked to queue for the day (which you were going to do anyway). Have a great time at the show!

  • Chris July 11, 2017 at 8:02 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    We’ll be seeing U2 in Dublin. The tickets say that the gates open at 5pm. We have seats in the upper 700s, entering via St. James Ave.
    What time should we arrive?
    What time does the band typically go on?
    We haven’t seen a U2 show in about 20 years. This is a bucket list trip of a lifetime for us!

    Thanks for your tips!

  • Jane July 13, 2017 at 2:40 pm Reply

    Hi Joe
    Thanks so much for your invaluable guide. I’ve managed to get a great place on the rail in a few London shows thanks to the GA line and your help! This will be my first Dublin show but as there’s no queuing at Croke , how can I find out where the GA line will be? I can’t fly until Friday and will land in Dublin around 8pm to join the line as soon as I can get there, if I can find it!
    Thanks
    Jane

    • Joe Ahorro July 17, 2017 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Hi Jane,
      Glad the Guide is helpful! You’ll really enjoy Dublin. There’s always something special about those shows and I’m sure you won’t be let down. Come by the stadium and see if there is a line organization of some sort.
      See you there!
      Joe

  • Ethan July 15, 2017 at 5:43 am Reply

    Hi,
    Thanks for all your tips for the GA queue they’ve been great. I was just wondering about how early the GA queue begins in Dublin if you know. I’m planning on heading town on Wednesday night to see if there’s numbers being given out. Would this be too early?
    Thanks,
    Ethan

    • Joe Ahorro July 17, 2017 at 12:33 pm Reply

      Hi Ethan,
      Sorry to respond to your question late – it was a busy weekend! I think I responded to your tweet, but in any event, my general practice is to check out the venue when I arrive to see what’s going on with the line. So for you, check out Croke Park Wednesday night or Thursday morning to see what the activity is like.
      See you there!
      Joe

  • Joan Barcelona July 16, 2017 at 3:39 pm Reply

    Hi, Joe

    Congrats for so many U2 shows atended and thanks for this helpful blog…..

    May I ask you a question? Do you know if there is a separate area upfront in the GA at the european shows?. Of course, I mean other than the Red Zone…

    I´ve been told that there is no separate areas within the GA zone but what I have seen in videos from Berlin makes me doubt….

    If there is no such area, then….. wristbands would make no sense, wouldn´t they?

    Without such area, waiting in the line for hours and days would make sense only if you want to hit the rail, because these are the only places you can really protect from people arriving late and pretending to be so close as long time liners….. 2nd, 3rd rows are hard to deffend…..

    I´m going to Barcelone (I´m from Barcelone) and will appreciate if you can confirm this Pit issue…..

    Thank you and see you on the road

    • Joe Ahorro July 17, 2017 at 12:38 pm Reply

      Hi Joan,
      I’m glad this Guide is helpful for you!
      In some cities like Dublin, as as well as London or Berlin (I think) had a separation on the GA floor. The Croke Park FAQs state that fans can go from the back section to the front and I imagine they make they distinguish this by using different wristbands.

      In any event, people usually line up because they want rail. For me, I’m shorter, have a bad ankle (from when I broke it playing football years ago), and like taking photos, so having a rail is preferable so I have a clear line of sight to take pictures and have something to lean on when my ankle tires.

      I have friends who have shown up the morning of the show, were in the 600s or so, and were only 3 rows from the center main stage. So it’s not true that you need to line up early to have a good spot.

      Anyway, I hope this helps somewhat. You’ll love the Barcelona show. I’ve seen U2 there before and it was magical!

      Joe

      • Joan Barcelona July 17, 2017 at 3:46 pm Reply

        Hi, Joe

        Thanks for you reply.

        It´s funny because there were separeted GA areas in Berlin, but not in Rome.

        Late in the evening I have been to the Olympic Stadium in Barcelona and was surprised to see…….nobody there camping or waiting in line. Absolutely no one was there at any gate.

        I thought of security measures……

        See you son, hope so…

  • Justin July 23, 2017 at 7:53 pm Reply

    Went to my first U2 show in Tampa, FL with my wife and it was her 26th I believe. We did GA, lined up at 3 am outside of Raymond James… got our number 180 something, slept in our car for a while, then lined up for the show around 2-3. Great experience! Going to my second show in New Orleans in September… flying in the day before, landing around noon. Hoping that the GA line is run in a similar fashion because hotel is a block and a half away from the superdome. Will you update on GA lines when they come back to the states? Or are the “line keepers” pretty much the same show to show?

    Thanks again!

    Justin

    • Joe Ahorro August 16, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply

      Hi Justin,
      I’ll certainly keep the guide up-to-date. I suspect the way lines were managed in North America in the spring will continue as is in the fall.
      Enjoy the show!
      Joe

  • Alan Kelly July 27, 2017 at 3:36 am Reply

    Hey Joe. This guide is priceless. I’m from Dublin. Have been at every gig in Dublin since 1985.
    Queuing for days for tickets over the years. But now buy them on line. 2 Questions for you.
    1. How do you purchase so many tickets?
    2. How can you afford it all and all the travelling?
    Are you some kind on Millionaire?
    So jealous of you. Congratulations on your marriage. When you and your wife start a family, how will you juggle your U2 concert life?.

    • Joe Ahorro August 16, 2017 at 1:07 pm Reply

      Hi Alan,
      I saw a big chuck of my U2 concerts when I was a graduate student, when I had the time and resources (I received a lot of scholarship money), and chose to use those resources and availability to see U2 around the world. Now that my life circumstances are different, any discretionary funding and vacation time I have, I’ll choose to use some of that to see U2 and vacation with my family. I’ve seen less U2 shows this year, compared to past tours, but I am comfortable with the decision 🙂
      Joe

  • Vinod Sharma July 29, 2017 at 10:34 am Reply

    Hi Joe

    Agree entirely with your sentiments on queuing for GA.
    This was very informative. I am seeing them for the first time in Amsterdam on 30 July Joshua tour. Maybe I”‘ll get lucky and see you in the queue to say thanks personally.

  • Leo Garbarino August 12, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Joe, what an informative guide!!!!!!!!! Thank you. This was great. I’ve seen U2 several times going back to Unforgettable Fire. But had my first GA experience at Pasadena Rose Bowl. It was the greatest rock concert experience I have ever had. I will never see U2 anywhere else but from GA again if I can help it. It was incredible. And U2 fans are the BEST!!! No one pushed. Everyone was polite. And the vibe was out of sight.
    I’ll see you guys at Qualcomm in San Diego Sept. 22nd!!!!!!!

  • Sharon August 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm Reply

    Hey Joe ..Have you ever experienced U2 in New Orleans. I have 2 GA tickets but am a bit worried about my stamina, I am older…the VIP seating was expensive and only few choices left and I didn’t want to be at higher levels. Wondering about the heat in Louisiana for those lineups.

  • Michelle Fletcher August 14, 2017 at 8:11 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for this informative guide. Does the red zone offer seats or is it also standing only? I’m considering splurging on those tickets but I can’t imagine standing for the full show. Thanks so much!

    • Joe Ahorro August 14, 2017 at 8:26 pm Reply

      Hi Michelle,
      Red Zone is general admission standing too, but the queues are shorter, have its own entrance, and generally start the morning of the show.
      Joe

  • Anonymous August 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm Reply

    Joe,

    I think I saw somewhere on here that you’re going to the 9/22 show in San Diego…any ideas about line formation there? Can we camp?

    Does LFC hold on to Coutinho?

    Thanks for all your work on this site.

    Best,

    Ron

    • Joe Ahorro August 29, 2017 at 7:21 am Reply

      Hey Ron,
      Unfortunately, I won’t be at the San Diego show. I doubt camping is allowed but my general rule of thumb for a closing show is to check out the venue a few days ahead of time to see if a queue is being organized somewhere.
      Joe

      PS I do hope LFC hold on to Countinho (at least for another season) before Keita arrives next summer!

  • Adam August 28, 2017 at 6:14 pm Reply

    Fantastic guide. Thank you so much for this!

    I see you’re headed to the Detroit show. My wife, 16 year-old son, and I are, too. We’re not familiar with the venue (coming in from out of town like you) and have not done GA for either a stadium or U2. Any Ford Field specific info or ideas where to look for GA info specific to the location? I appreciate anything info you can share.

    Thanks again for the great guide!

    • Joe Ahorro August 29, 2017 at 7:11 am Reply

      Hi Adam,
      Once I land in Detroit, my intention is to head to Ford Field, walk around to see where the GA line is being organized, and get a number in the queue. See you and your family there!
      Joe

      • Lisa August 31, 2017 at 1:41 pm Reply

        I’m looking for Ford Field info too. When are you landing? Are you on Twitter?

        • Joe Ahorro September 1, 2017 at 7:28 am Reply

          Hi Lisa,
          My twitter is @joe_ahorro. I arrive late tonight in Detroit (Sept 1). Wish I could get there earlier, but this is the best I can do!
          See you there.
          Joe

          • Adam September 2, 2017 at 5:27 pm

            Do you have to be in person to sign up on a GA list? Won’t be getting in until midday Sunday. I assume we are out of luck for getting a good place in line for GA. Is that correct?

  • Joe McDermott August 28, 2017 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Thanks for taking the time to post this information Joe. I’ve got GA tickets for San Diego on 9/22 and was not sure what to expect…this is very helpful.

    My first U2 show was on the original Joshua Tree tour in 1987 in San Diego with my girlfriend (now wife) so I’m really looking forward to being there 30 years later with her and my 21 year old daughter.

    In your experience what is the process for determining who the queue organizer is? Does the local U2 club appoint someone as a volunteer?

    Regards,

    • Joe Ahorro August 29, 2017 at 7:14 am Reply

      Hi Joe,
      In most cases, it’s a cluster of fans who arrive the earliest and decide they want to being organizing the queue. It’ll be their responsibility to speak to security and understand protocols. I’ve been to 9 shows on the Joshua Tree Tour (in North America and Europe) and it’s been fairly straight forward.

      Let me know if you have any other specific questions!
      Take care,
      Joe

  • Lisa C-D August 29, 2017 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Joe, thanks so much for the wealth of info on GA! I’ve seen U2 several times, but the upcoming shows in Minneapolis and Phoenix will be my first GAs. I’M SO EXCITED!!! Grateful to have a better idea of what to expect after reading your guide!

    • Joe Ahorro September 1, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply

      Hi Lisa,
      Glad the Guide helped! Enjoy the concert!
      Joe

  • Natacha Strong August 31, 2017 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Hello Joe,
    thank you so much for putting this guide together! I will be attending my first GA concert since I was about 22! I am super excited as this will be my first time seeing U2 and it will be my birthday weekend! I will be attending the Indianapolis show at Lucas Stadium on the 10th and my birthday is the 9th. I was supposed to see U2 back in Indy back in 87 but due to an illness missed out! The people at the stadium told me that the lines could officially begin at 6am the day of the show. Is there a way to find other fans that may be headed for this show? I am prepared to camp as long as I need to for a great opportunity. I am not getting an younger so… I can’t wait. Once again thank you!!!! This has helped me tremendously! 🙂

    • Joe Ahorro September 1, 2017 at 7:27 am Reply

      Hi Natacha,
      If I were you, head to Lucas Stadium the early morning before the show or the night before that to see what’s going on with the fan-organized queue.

      There are fan forums, like on U2.com’s Zootopia or on U2Start, to see which other fans are going. But really, it’s easy to meet other fans in the queue. It’s one of my most favourite things going to these shows!
      Joe

  • Heather September 7, 2017 at 10:00 pm Reply

    Joe,

    I’ll be going to the San Diego show alone in GA. I’m a little anxious but from the sound of it, U2 fans are amazing people and I should be able to find a friend. Any other advice for a single fan to get a decent a spot in GA? I’m hoping to be near Edge out by the tree. I’m okay with a few rows back. Thanks!

  • Jason KoenemannJ September 8, 2017 at 4:51 pm Reply

    Is anyone going to the Indianapolis show at lucas oil? I’m wondering if they are doing wristbands like someone the others? This is my first seeing U2… super excited.

  • cJ September 9, 2017 at 4:56 am Reply

    Thanks for this! We saw the 360 tour from reserved seating and regretted not being in the GA crowd. This has really helped me wrap my head around what to expect for the Joshua Tree tour this week.c

  • Luzinha September 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm Reply

    Hi Joe,
    This is my very first U2 concert! So excited! We were able to get RZ tickets. Any advice on where to stay? We are going to the San Diego concert next week. I would love to see Bono up and close! This is a dream coming true for me..

  • SB September 17, 2017 at 11:15 am Reply

    Just wanted to say all of this was super helpful, thank you! Looking forward to the Phoenix stop.

  • Jack and Joyce Spicer September 19, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply

    Joe, we were just wondering, if you’re at the Phoenix show…what entrance is the GA que at? Thanks!

  • DWB September 20, 2017 at 7:05 am Reply

    Does anybody know where the GA queue will form for the San Diego show? Qualcomm and Ticketmaster are posting that no one can be in line until 8am the day of the show.

  • Maxwell September 20, 2017 at 11:45 am Reply

    Anyone know where/when wristbands will be handed out in San Diego? Heard stadium officials already sent some GA liners home.

    • JH September 21, 2017 at 3:36 pm Reply

      I saw a photo online of a sign that said the Starbucks at Fenton Marketplace.

  • Karen September 22, 2017 at 10:37 am Reply

    Your information is awesome! Thank you, prepping for the U2 concert tonight in San Diego. Saw U2 in Buffalo a few weeks ago and just had to go again!!!

  • Steve September 23, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply

    Very helpful post Joe. Thanks for taking the time to share your experiences.

  • Katie Maxwell September 28, 2017 at 9:03 am Reply

    Hi there! Thank you for your help with tracking down the GA check in for San Diego. It was an amazing show as usual!

    Do you know where info for the October shows in Brazil will be? And, do you know if it will be available in English?

    Thank you!

  • Ana October 12, 2017 at 9:53 am Reply

    Loved it! 😉

  • Amy November 16, 2017 at 8:15 pm Reply

    Went GA for Joshua Tree in Houston and followed your tips. Best. Day. Ever. Can’t wait to do it again! So far no Texas dates. Do you know if they’ll add dates and if so when? Also, if I got a presale code but didn’t use it (as no Texas dates yet) can I use the same code if/when they add dates and more tickets go on sale? Thank you for all the help!

    • Joe Ahorro November 17, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply

      Thanks for the comment, Amy! I’m pretty sure they’ll add new dates to the current North American cities this spring, and have a feeling that new cities will be added in the fall.

      I’m not sure about the ability to use the same or if a new one will be issued. Good question!

  • Andrew Barnes November 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm Reply

    Just got tickets for u2 in vegas may 18 rear of stage row AA right at front will I still see the gig thanks Andy uk

    • Joe Ahorro December 14, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply

      Hey Andrew,
      I’ve seen other (non-U2) concerts from that position and the view is fine. Mostly side view, but close!

  • David December 4, 2017 at 1:56 pm Reply

    Wonderful and detailed write up. I do have a question: About receiving a number on the back of your hand vs. the actual order let into the venue…how does that transition actually work? Is there a final roll call before the gate opens? I’m trying to understand how the number is actually honored when the gates open.

    • Joe Ahorro December 14, 2017 at 9:48 am Reply

      Hi David,
      Sorry for the delay. Been away on holidays with the family. During the Joshua Tree Tour, the transition happened the early morning of show day. There is a roll call when wristbands were handed out by the venue, and sometimes again upon entry.

  • Brock Sheets December 5, 2017 at 3:32 pm Reply

    Hey, Joe! We met in NYC on the i+e tour, and your guide was a huge help! Did the same for Joshua Tree in Washington DC, and it was awesome!

    I’ve been trying to get GA tickets for one of the e+i shows in DC, but I can’t find them anywhere! They weren’t available during the fanclub presale, and they’re not even showing up as a verified resale ticket through ticketmaster. Is this the same for other cities?? Have you heard if they’re waiting to release GA at a later date? I can’t seem to find anything anywhere I look, so any info you have would be awesome.

    Thanks again for this great guide!

    • Joe Ahorro December 14, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      Hey Brock! Glad the guide helped! Keep trying for GAs, certainly closer to show date. There is ALWAYS a ticket drop, so no need to pay scalper fees. Also, since this tour has gone back to paper tickets, there is a greater chance that fans will have spare tickets. Visit the fan sites I listed in the guide where fans will sell spare tickets to other fans at face-value.

  • Anonymous December 12, 2017 at 8:58 pm Reply

    Have GA tickets been released for Songs of Experience in LA? I have taken part in several pre-sales on Ticketmaster, and no GA tickets even offered. Is there a secret?

    • Joe Ahorro December 14, 2017 at 9:50 am Reply

      I read on Twitter the day from fans that additional GAs were released. As mentioned in the comment below, keep an eye out closer to show date when more GAs will be released.

  • Beth Ayers January 13, 2018 at 5:36 pm Reply

    I am trying to buy a couple of GA’s for this tour through the scalpers, the problem is I have been ripped off in the past by fake scalpers (the scum of the scum) does anyone have any info on what the ticket looks like either the phone ticket, pdf or hard ticket so I can ask to see it before I buy it?

    • Joe Ahorro February 16, 2018 at 2:58 pm Reply

      Hi Beth,
      This is a tricky one. Npt all tickets look the same, since Ticketmaster, Eventim, AXS, and other ticket vendors have different styles. If it’s not too late, I’d recommend waiting closer to show date, when more tickets are made available.
      Joe

  • Tyler Gatewood January 31, 2018 at 11:54 am Reply

    Hey Joe! Coming to see U2 in NYC again in June this year. This time around I got GA tickets! I play guitar and I would absolutely love the chance to get up onstage with them and play Angel of Harlem or whatever they want! Have you seen any good strategies to get the band’s attention, letting them know I can play guitar? What should I put on a sign? I plan to get close up to the B stage. Please let me know if you have any other cool ideas! Thanks!

    • Joe Ahorro February 16, 2018 at 3:02 pm Reply

      Hi Tyler,
      What my friends have done is try to meet Bono when he enters MSG (it’s not far from the GA line). He usually arrives around 2, but you want to get there earlier to have a better spot along the barrier. It won’t be hard to find – lots of fans will try to meet him. If you do connect with Bono, let him know that you play the guitar, and can play U2 songs (preferably the ones they play in the concert on the e-stage). You’ll want to be at the e-stage, at the corner where the catwalk connects with the e-stage, where you see stairs leading up to the stage from the floor. Is that on the south side? I can’t remember! In any event, have a sign that says you play the guitar and which song you can play!

      Anyway, that’s the process. Good luck!
      Joe

  • Patricia Freitas February 14, 2018 at 4:50 pm Reply

    Hi Joe nice guide, I get my ticket for 17 september in Lisbon it will be my first time in GA and I have a doubt, in the second day of show I can only arrive at 9 am can I stll get a nice spot or will be more difficult because of the people who will go to the show twice get in the line already?

    • Joe Ahorro February 16, 2018 at 3:04 pm Reply

      Hi Patricia,
      Numbers will be assigned right after the first show, but this will be probably be about 20-30 people. By 9am the next day, I imagine the line will be around 100? You can definitely get a spot along the catwalk rail. Or a place second row around the main or e-stage.
      Hope this helps!
      Joe

  • Brad April 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm Reply

    Joe – your guide was super helpful for the Joshua Tree tour – wonder what happens with multiple shows? We have the second show in Montreal in June – when would you recommend we show up for our number?

    • Joe Ahorro April 13, 2018 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Hey Brad,
      The queue will likely be organized the night of the first show, and anticipated several fans immediately leaving the first show to get back to the queue to get a number. If you only have tickets for night two, I’d recommend going to the queue for night 1. See what’s going on with the management of night 2, but certainly be there around 10pm of night 1, before the fans return from that show to get a number.
      Joe

  • Jonathan April 18, 2018 at 12:18 pm Reply

    Hello Joe,
    Thanks for all your work/input on this site, very good recommendations, I have a question for you, hopefully you can point me in the right direction, I bought tickets for the Montreal show on June 6th, it’s for the second night, from Stubhub and they say GA-Fan club B , does that mean I have to be part of a special queue? Do I have to arrive early? the reason I’m asking is because I’m picking up some friends from the Airport and I will make it just in time to the show, I’m not concern about the best spot just about that Fan Club thing… Anyhow hopefully you can have the answer!!!

    Sincerely

    Jonathan

  • Becca April 27, 2018 at 10:06 pm Reply

    Hi Joe! Flying in from Texas to go the second LA show May 16th. Originally booked a flight to land in LA the morning of the show at 8 30 am. Being that we have GA tickets, do you think this is an early enough time for arrival or should we plan to get there the night before? Is there an overnight line at The Forum?

    Thanks so much for all your help!

  • Danielle Keaton April 30, 2018 at 11:52 am Reply

    Hi Joe! Thank you for this post! I am finally seeing U2 at the forum in two weeks. I saved my money and got GA tickets. was wondering what time do you think I should get there day of show if I want to be close? Thank you so much!!

  • Mary May 13, 2018 at 9:25 pm Reply

    Joe, This is wonderful information. We are taking our soon-to-be 13 year old daughter to the Omaha show (sadly U2 are not coming to Minneapolis on this tour — so far). She has fallen in love with the music and we were able to take her to see the Joshua Tree. It was her wish for her 13th birthday (on May 28) to see U2. So we are road tripping. Maybe against my better judgment, she convinced me we had to do GA so she can see the band up close (she is a ballet dancer and dreams of dancing with Bono on stage — wonderful kid). A challenge I have is that she is barely 5′ tall! Do you have any tips and do you have any help for us to find out how the queue will be run so we can plan? We’ll arrive in Omaha later Friday evening. I’m game, as is she, to do what we need to get on the rail. but want to make it as good an experience as possible.
    Mary

  • Emily May 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm Reply

    Thanks so much for posting this! My first U2 GA experience is tomorrow!

  • Allen William June 16, 2018 at 2:01 pm Reply

    Hi Joe, Great info. I saw U2 last week from the lower level in Philly. It wasn’t enough and decided to go again in Newark. This time, GA. I will not be able to Que or anything like that and will probably get there near the start of the show. I noticed the other night a lot of space still on the floor after it started and through out the night. I assume to allow the crowd to expand and move about…???

    That being said, I know how this is going to sound… so bear with me…. Would I be “cutting”…If when the band is at one end of the stage and I make my way off to where they are NOT, at that time in order to hopefully get closer to where they will be back eventually? I mean – if no one is there, is it cutting? Or will most hardcore fans still be there after having staked out their spot and not move?

    I want to be respectful and do my part and follow the rules of the floor. However, my 12 year old son will be with me and I would love for him to get close enough to really see the band.

    What are your thoughts? Or anyone else?

  • Bono12345 June 19, 2018 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Is there a special entrance for GA ticket holders at the Prudential Center in Newark NJ? (6/29 show) I remember there was a special side entrance I went thru at MSG for the Innocence tour a few years ago and wondering if it will be the same thing at the Prudential Center? If so, where is it located?

    Also, if you have GA tickets, will you get a wristband? (like the “Northside” and “Southside” wristband I got on the Innocence tour)

    Thanks – DA

  • Liz K June 27, 2018 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Hi Joe-

    Thank you for this amazing Information re: the GA experience. My sister and I are seeing U2 at Mohegan Sun on July 3rd. I don’t believe they have ever played this venue before. Do you have any information about the queue for this venue?
    Thanks so Much-
    Liz

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