Safety advice ahead of boy band visit

by Sunderland AFC

Info for parents and children ahead of 1D show.

The countdown is on as the world’s biggest boyband, One Direction, get set to descend on Wearside for the opening night of the UK leg of their world tour at the Stadium of Light.                                                       

It is now only four weeks until One Direction kick off their “Where We Are” tour at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday 28 May and concert organisers are urging all those attending to make sure they are aware of the safety arrangements in place.

With over 50,000 concert-goers attending the gig, parents and guardians are being advised to take note of the safety provisions that have been put in place should they become separated from their children.

A designated ‘lost & found’ station will be in operation at the Sunderland Aquatic Centre, directly adjacent to the Stadium of Light, overseen by Sunderland City Council’s Children’s Services Department, in conjunction with Sunderland AFC and Northumbria Police.

Concert-goers are being advised  to acquaint themselves with their surroundings once inside the stadium and to nominate a rendezvous area to go to should any of their party become separated. Parents are also advised that if they do become separated from their child to alert the nearest steward or safety official, located both inside and outside the stadium and clearly identifiable by their uniform and ID. Police officers will also be on duty in and around the stadium to offer support.

In advance of the concert, free One Direction branded identification wristbands will be available to all 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.

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

Roads immediately surrounding the stadium area will be closed on the day of the concert. Parents wishing to drop off youngsters before the show or collect them afterwards are advised to use the ‘Park and Walk’ provision, utilising city centre car parks and then meet their children at the official rendezvous point, located within the Sheepfolds Industrial Estate, close to St Peter’s Metro station.

With the show set to end around 10:15pm, city centre car parks will remain open late, the Tyne and Wear Metro will be running extra trains before and after the concert and additional local bus services will also be operating.