Wristbands just the ticket for 1D show

by Sunderland AFC

Identification wristbands available for boyband gig.

Tickets for next month’s One Direction concert at the Stadium of Light will be distributed this week as final preparations are put in place for the gig.

The world’s biggest boyband kick off the UK leg of their ‘Where We Are’ World Tour on Wednesday 28 May at the home of Sunderland AFC, with well over 50,000 concert-goers in attendance.

Fans who have purchased tickets for the concert should expect to receive them in the next couple of weeks, as ticket agents prepare to distribute to the thousands of fans attending.

The gig, which is set to be one of the biggest ever staged at the stadium, will see thousands of young people attending and enhanced safety provision has been given top priority by organisers.

In advance of the concert, free One Direction identification wristbands will be available to all valid ticket holders aged under 18. The wristbands include space for parents or guardians to fill in their name, mobile number and seat number to assist in reuniting parents and children in the event that they become separated, or if special treatment is required from the NHS Ambulance Service who may need to contact the parent or guardian.

It must be noted that the wristband does not gain you entry to the concert and that anyone attending the concert must be in possession of a valid ticket.

The wristbands will be available from a number of locations, including:

- Stadium of Light Ticket Office, Sunderland

- At any of the nine Nexus TravelShops, all conveniently located either on or next to a Metro station.

- NewcastleGateshead Visitor Information Centre, Central Arcade, Market Street, Newcastle upon Tyne.

- Customer Services Desk at The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland

- Sunderland Railway Station booking kiosk

- Park Lane Interchange booking kiosk

The identification wristbands will also be available on the day from Northumbria Police cadets, stewards and special meet and greet teams, who will be offering assistance at entry points to stadium village.

Paul Weir, SAFC’s head of safety and security, said: “With a show of this nature we naturally expect to welcome large numbers of young people to the stadium and we need parents and guardians to help ensure that the event is a success. If accompanying children to the event we would ask them to ensure that youngsters are fully aware of the safety provisions and please make use of the free ID wristbands. “

Sunderland AFC would also like to advise that as the stadium prepares for the concert, construction and building work will be on-going until the day of the concert. To ensure the safety of everyone attending, there will be no queuing permitted in the days prior to the show.