Paul Hebert

U2 360 Tour promoter urging fans to allow extra time to get to the Rose Bowl on Sunday

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The Rose Bowl is preparing to host the biggest concert in stadium history on Sunday, October 25th when nearly 100,000 fans converge onto the Pasadena venue for the U2 360 tour. Stadium and police officials are treating this event similarly to other great events in the venue’s history, including Rose Bowl Games, Super Bowls, World Cups & Olympics. Therefore, it is imperative that fans take note of the following: Heavy traffic, congested streets and limited parking are anticipated around the stadium for this event. The Rose Bowl and Pasadena Police Department encourage fans to arrive at the venue prior to 4 p.m. to help avoid traffic delays. Attendees who come out early can also enjoy the comfortable setting of the Rose Bowl grounds, either by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy with friends or by participating in “Picnic in the Park” festivities. Admission to “Picnic in the Park” is free. For more information, go to: http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/Rosebowl_picnic-in-the-park.htm.

Parking will sell out at the stadium and if fans want to guarantee on-site parking, they must purchase it in advance. Parking passes are available online now at www.rosebowlstadium.com. The deadline to purchase parking online is tomorrow – Tuesday, October 20th— at 10 AM. Starting today, passes are also available for purchase at the Rose Bowl, UCLA, Cal State Northridge and Anaheim Convention Center Box offices (event attendees should contact each location directly for their box office business hours).

It is also strongly recommend that fans take advantage of shuttle buses originating from nearby Old Pasadena (at Parsons Engineering, 100 W. Walnut Ave, Pasadena) or Pasadena City College (1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena). On-site parking at the venue is extremely limited and all spots will be used. These Park & Ride shuttle lots are a very convenient alternative. The buses will run on private roads directly in and out of the venue, minimizing the time spent getting to the show. Lots open and buses start running at 12 noon. They will operate throughout the show and then following the event as well. Shuttle bus tickets are $5 ea.

Carpooling is crucial as well. The small difference between four versus three people riding per car results in 8,000 fewer vehicles on the road, greatly streamlining traffic and parking. Plus, carpooling offers attendees a lower-cost option. U2 fans interested in ride sharing are encouraged to use a carpool site such as PickupPal.com which is free to join and to use. On this website members can post routes as passengers and/or drivers. For complete details, visit: http://u2.pickuppal.com

Public transportation is a great alternative for getting to the show. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced that the Metro Rail Gold Line, Red Line, Blue Line and Green Line will have extended evening hours. Fans wishing to use Metro Rail should take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station (on the corner of Holly and Raymond— two blocks from the Parsons Engineering shuttle lot).

Metro Rail trains will run according to Sunday schedules throughout the day, into the evening and following the concert. After the concert, trains will run a minimum of every 20 minutes, or as often as needed to accommodate passenger loads.

Last trains will depart:

Metro Gold Line
North to Sierra Madre Villa will leave Memorial Park at 1:15 a.m.
South to Union Station will leave Memorial Park at 1:27 a.m. (Arrives Union Station 1:49 a.m. – Red Line transfer.)

Metro Red Line
West to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:57 a.m. (Arrives 7th St./Metro Center 2:02 a.m. – Blue Line transfer.) (Arrives 2:06 a.m. Wilshire/Vermont – Wilshire Blvd. Line 20 corridor bus transfer.)

Metro Blue Line
South to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Center at 2:05 a.m. (Arrives Imperial/Wilmington at 2:30 a.m. – Green Line transfer.)

Metro Green Line
East to Norwalk will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:37 a.m.
West to Redondo Beach will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:41 a.m.

All multiple line passengers should purchase a $5 day pass at their originating station. This will eliminate the need to purchase additional fares at each transfer point throughout the evening and early morning. For more details on getting to the concert via Metro go to the Trip Planner at www.metro.net or call (800) COMMUTE.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

— Arrive early (parking lots open @ 8:00 a.m.)

— Carpool (minimum 4 per car suggested) Fewer cars on the road = less congestion, and a better experience for everyone.

— Take the shuttle from Old Pasadena at Parsons Engineering or Pasadena City College – A convenient alternative to driving to the stadium. The shuttle buses travel along a dedicated route that will drop passengers off within 100 feet to the gates of the stadium.

— Park Off-Site to Minimize Your Walk — General Parking at the Rose Bowl is spread across two 18-hole golf courses north of the stadium. Late arriving guests can expect to walk 1.5 miles to the stadium from the farthest lots.

— Take Advantage of Public Transit – Metro Rail line late-night hours extended

— Taxis and other drop off services will not be allowed into the Rose Bowl area. Drop off is located off site at Holly Street @ Fair Oaks – adjacent to the parking Parsons Shuttle Lot. (Anyone attempting to drop off at the stadium will be charged the $20 parking fee).

— Handicap parking is available at the Rose Bowl Stadium and at the off-site shuttle park and ride locations.

— General parking at the Rose Bowl is $20 per car and $100 for limousines and oversized vehicles (including buses and RV’s).

Source: LiveNation

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