Joe’s Guide to the U2 General Admission

This U2 General Admission (GA) Guide has been updated for the U2: UV opening weekend in Las Vegas. I attended the opening weekend of the U2:UV residency at the Sphere and documented what to expect. And yes, the venue does respect the fan-led GA line and look at our numbers in order to assign numbered venue wristbands.

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 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.  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. Time to Arrive in the Queue
  3. The Check-In and Number System
  4. Morning of the Queue
  5. Back-to-back shows and the GA
  6. Saving Spots in the Queue
  7. Fanclub Membership Line Does Not Exist
  8. Security Checks
  9. What happens when doors open at 6PM?
  10. What is it like on the Floor
  11. Where is the best spot on the floor to see U2?
  12. What if I arrive in the GA much later?
  13. Pitfalls of the GA
  14. Conclusion: GA Adds to the U2 Concert Experience
Day before the show, for check-in, with my good U2 friends – September 28, 2023

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.

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°, iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE, and Joshua Tree tours, as well as the U2:UV residency.  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) Time to Arrive in the Queue

Q: What time should I show up to the queue?
A: It depends on where you want to be on the floor and type of show. To be clear, you don’t have to line up, if you feel it’s not that important to be near the front, and prefer to hang out in the back or sides. It’s still an an amazing show where ever you are in the Sphere.

If you do want to get near the front, important to note this is just a rough estimate and vary between concerts.  For example, lines will start earlier and be longer for the opening and closing shows, and weekend concerts. Lines may be smaller for mid-week shows.

I advise people to visit the venue at least 1-2 days before the concert to see what’s going on with the queue. 

  • 1-2 Days Before the Show
    • If you want to maximize your chances for being in the first or second rows, look out for the queue 1-2 days in advance.
    • This is how the ‘GA Crazies’, ‘GA Hardcores’, or what I prefer to call, the ‘GA International Traveling Contingent’ often do.  So if you want to join or get ahead of them, keep your eye on the GA 1-2 days in advance.
    • Why do I like going close to the front?  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.
  • Morning of the Show
    • I estimate you would be third row or so.
  • Afternoon of the Show
    • You may be five rows off the rail.
  • 6PM to Showtime
    • While the GA floor is rather narrow, with most of the space near Bono and Edge clustered with fans, there is plenty of dancing space on the wide ends of the GA floor, particularly on Adam’s side.

3) The Check-In and Number System

Formation of the GA line – September 27, 2023

Because the Sphere stated that there would be no camping or queues, a “check-in” system has been adopted by fans, which has been used since 2009, and common-place since 2015 around North America, Australia/New Zealand, and parts of Europe and Great Britain.

How the Check-In System Works:

Usually, venues allow a few people to manage the queue by collecting names in a book and writing numbers on people’s hands. These are self-appointed fans, not ones chosen by U2 management or the venue, who started the queue themselves and put together “rules”. Fans arriving thereafter are put a list and given numbers on their hands via a marker, and asked to return at periodic times to check-in (e.g. 9AM, 5PM the day before; and 6AM show day). If you don’t show up at any of the check-in times, you are crossed off the list. The morning of the show, there’s a ‘roll-call’ for everyone to be there in person (i.e. they go down the list to make sure you are there at the time).  In Las Vegas, this has tended to be at 6:00AM on show day. If people were not in person or there during check-in times and during the final roll-call, they were taken off the queue list and are not able to re-join the queue and would have to go to the back of the line.  This was effective during Las Vegas (360 Tour) (see below), where security cooperated completely, and actually kicked late-comers out. Since then, security have been largely hands off, but on the morning of the show, they recognized the queue since it helped manage large crowds upon entry from a safety perspective.

My friends and I got numbers 18-21 in the queue – September 27, 2023

Some fans like this system because it allows them to do some sightseeing in the city they are visiting or get additional rest during the day.  For others, this was a despised system because it’s a self-appointed system by those who decide to start the queue themselves and tell others to follow their rules. These fans find this system abhorrent 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 privileges’ those ‘in-the-know’. With that said, I can’t imagine 200 people all showing up at 8AM on-the-dot and expect a line to form nicely to get a venue wristband. I’ve seen U2 in Italy (2005) where there was no queue or numbering, and it was just a rush into the venue, and almost being pushed down the stairs at the San Siro to get to the pitch. I didn’t feel safe.

In any event, the venue ends up recognizing and respecting the GA line. I saw fans try to cut this queue, only for Sphere security to weed them out and put them at the back of the line.

4) Morning of the Queue

September 29, 2023 – GA Line at 6:00AM

Q: What happens when we check-in at 6AM, morning of the show?
A: We queue up at 6AM and get in order. The line organizers will go down the queue, check numbers and see that you are there. If you’re not there, they cross your name off the list. By 7:30-7:45AM, venue security start to organize themselves. By 8AM, they let us enter through the initial gates and check our numbers to make sure we’re in order. Yes, that’s right, venue security respects the GA line and are grateful that it’s well organized and not chaos that they have to deal with.

We are then led to the ticket scanning system just inside the Sphere, where they scan us “in” to make sure we have legitimate GA tickets.

Next, we proceed to the official venue numbered wristband station, where venue staff place a wristband on us.

After, the venue scan us “out” so that we can use the ticket later tonight to get back “in” at concert time. A

5) 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 perplexes 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.

Of course, you do not need to get another number if you don’t want to be near the front. Because the Sphere is an amazing venue – visually and acoustically – I’ve have friends who chose to not get numbers the next night and enter the GA closer to show time, and enjoy the show at the rear of the GA.

April 9, 2011 Estadio Morumbi – Sao Paulo, Brazil

6) Saving Spots in the Queue

Q: Can I get the queue early and save spots for my friends who will arrive later?
A: No…. well kinda. Even if you bought a pair, three, or four GA tickets together (but not everyone is there yet), line organizers will insist the whole group is together to get on the list. This is largely because when it’s time for entry, the venue needs to scan everyone together.

This isn’t a hard rule, however. I have seen and heard workarounds.

One instance, I saw the U2Valencia group of friends enter separately, despite having all the tickets on one phone. The person nearer to the front scanned in, passed his phone to one of the security guards (see video of him below) (who they must have befriended earlier, likely spoke Spanish, and asked for a favour), and then that security guard ran back and passed the phone to the rest of the U2Valencia group to scan in later.

I’ve heard that a person got in with the Ticket that was on their Google or Apple Wallet ticket; and then a friend or group of friends logged into that person’s Ticketmaster account on their phone, bring up the tickets on the Ticketmaster App (which uses a scan, not NFC reader like the Google or Apple wallet ticket), and got in separately. I can’t verify this, but if someone was successful, let me know.

7) Fanclub Membership Line

Q: Will there be special access for members?
A: No.  There is no special line for members. The last time this happened was 2005!

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

8) Security Checks

Q: What is security check like? What is allowed and not allowed?

A: At the Sphere, security check is pretty simple. You first have your phone scanned for the ticket. You then proceed through body scanners that seek metal objects. If you have a bag, it can’t be larger than 6″x6″x2″. If you have a bag, they will look through it. If it’s larger than the stated size, I’ve heard them throw out the bag! Yet at the same time, I’ve heard slightly larger bags get through. I didn’t risk it, and went in bag free, with just my phone and camera in hand.

This is taken from the Sphere Website:

Sphere is a “no bag” facility, meaning that large bags and backpacks are not permitted inside the venue. Sphere does not provide an area to check bags, coats or any other personal belongings. 
Exceptions to this policy include small clutches, purses, and fanny packs that are no larger than approximately 6 in. x 6 in. x 2 in., as well as diaper bags and bags required for medical items.  
Please note that all bags are subject to additional screening and inspection, either by visual or x-ray technology. If you or someone in your party has additional needs, please contact Guest Relations at or 725-258-6724, Monday through Friday between 6:00 am and 5:00 pm PT, and Saturday and Sunday between 7:00 am and 5:00 pm PT. 

Generally speaking, point-and-shoot cameras are alright. Seems to be more trickier to get cameras with detachable lenses in. I haven’t seen any issue so far with people bringing in small signs to wave to U2.  What are very unlikely to bring in are large dSLR cameras. 

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!

August 6, 2009 Slaski Stadium – Chorzow, Poland

9) What happens when doors open at 6PM?

East VIP Gate Entrance, where the GA entry is located.

Q: What happens just prior to doors opening?
A: At the time when wristbands are issued, venue staff tell you to return to the venue by 5PM to start re-lining up. Before gaining entry to line up at the East VIP Gate, security will check the number of your wristband 10 people at a time, and make sure you are entering by numbered order. No wristband no entry. VIP GA ticket holders enter through the West VIP Gate.

Q: Do you run or walk once the doors are open?
A: Security will strongly insist you walk, but in most cases fans ‘fast-walked’.  It will be well worth it to practice your speed-walking skills.  Security threatens to send people back if they find you running. As you can see from the video below, the floor is very narrow, yet quite wide.

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.

10) What is it like on the Floor?

Q: What if I need to leave to go to the washroom or buy food?  Will I lose my spot?
A: If you need to leave to use the washroom or buys something, wait about 10 minutes after you get into the GA, before it gets too full. 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. I’ve had no problems leaving my spot and come back, because I needed to use the washroom or get water at the Sphere. My friends and fellow U2 fans held my spot, and I did the same for them.

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

Q: What is it like at the front? Is it rough?
A: Unlike 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.
At the Sphere, credit to the Venue Security for kicking out drunk and obnoxious fans who were bothering fans at the front. Do not hesitate to call for help from Security, if you find yourself being pushed around by others who had a few too many (expensive) drinks.

Q: When you are along the rails, is the stage too high?
A:  The stage is quite low, but the band further away since they tend to be on the “record” part of the “turntable” stage.

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

Q: Where is the best spot to see U2 on the floor?
A: Anywhere in the Sphere.

12) 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.

The Sphere is a concert venue like no other. I do believe no matter where you are on the floor or in the seats, your mind will be blown away by the production and the music. You will have a great time – just need to calibrate your expectations.

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!
September 24, 2016 – Las Vegas, USA – Joe and Joe

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.

13) Pitfalls of the GA

Q: GA sounds too good to be true, it can’t be all fun and games?!
A: You’re right; it isn’t always the greatest of experiences in the GA. Exhaustion can sink in after multiple GAs, or you may run into U2 fans who are rude or have a degree of self-entitlement in being at the front .

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. At the Sphere, the GA is very narrow, yet wide. It’s not full for the entire show. So you can find lots of space at the back or sides, and still be in total amazement of the visuals, music, and show. I just think there’s a different vibe on the floor compared to being in seats. I love being around fans who stand, sing their hearts out, and let out their full emotions. Maybe it’s because we see the band so close, or are self-selected because the GA invites a certain type of fan?

14) 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 (475)

  • 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’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!

  • 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 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?


    • 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,

  • 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!

      • 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.

          • 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?

  • Anonymous August 26, 2017 at 6:31 pm Reply


    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.



    • 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.

      PS I do hope LFC hold on to Countinho (at least for another season) before Keita arrives next summer!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

  • 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!


    • 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!

  • 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!


      • 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…

  • Ethan July 15, 2017 at 5:43 am Reply

    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?

    • 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!

  • 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!

    • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Richard Browne June 29, 2017 at 7:07 am Reply


    Love all of your information and passion! Any chance you will be downloading any of the Joshua Tree shows anytime soon?


    • 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!

  • Anonymous June 28, 2017 at 8:40 am Reply


    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!

  • 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.


    • 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!

  • 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!


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!


      • 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.

          • 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.

  • 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!


      • 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.


  • 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.


  • Brian Connors June 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm Reply


    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.



    • 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.

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • Erin Simpson June 15, 2017 at 2:46 am Reply


    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!

  • 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!

  • 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!!!!

  • 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.

      • 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!

  • 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?

  • 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 🙂

  • 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.


    • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • Lauren June 12, 2017 at 7:49 am Reply

    Thanks Joe!

  • 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.

  • Jerry June 9, 2017 at 6:41 pm Reply

    You just answered my previous question on your photography section lol

  • 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

  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • Anonymous June 9, 2017 at 8:31 am Reply

    This is great. Thank you!

  • 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!

      • 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”. 🙂

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • 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.

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