Live Nation and Angel Stadium offer transportation tips for U2 fans
Angel Stadium is bracing itself for the swarm of U2 fans who will descend upon Anaheim this weekend.
More than a year after the band was originally supposed to perform, U2 will bring its 360 Tour to Anaheim on Friday and Saturday at Angel Stadium. The rockers were forced to postpone a number of dates last year after Bono injured his back during rehearsals.
Due to the high volume of traffic headed to the show -- more than 50,000 fans are expected to attend each night -– Live Nation and Angel Stadium have issued travel tips and parking information to make sure fans get in as smoothly as possible.
There's of course the obvious: Arrive early, car-pool and expect plenty of traffic snarls.
For those wanting to avoid it all, Metrolink will offer special round trips Friday and Saturday, which Live Nation hopes fans take advantage of. These round-trip routes to Anaheim Station from L.A.'s Union Station and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo will be available for only $7.
Venue parking lots are expected to open at 8 a.m., though doors won’t open until 5 p.m. for the 7 p.m. concert. Food and bathroom stalls will open at 8 a.m. While parking at Angel Stadium is expected to fill early, there will also be lots available at Honda Center. When U2 played the Rose Bowl in 2009, a record crowd of more than 95,000 people were expected, according to Live Nation, and the city also offered extended Metro rail line hours.
Details on the special U2 Metrolink train are after the jump:
· Los Angeles Union Station: Departs at 5:50 p.m.
· Norwalk/Santa Fe Springs: 6:11
· Buena Park 6:17
· Fullerton 6:24
· Anaheim: Arrival at 6:33
· Laguna Niguel: Departs at 5:50 p.m.
· Irvine: 5:59
· Tustin: 6:07
· Santa Ana: 6:13
· Orange: 6:18
· Anaheim: 6:22
Return trips: Southbound and Northbound trains will leave Anaheim Station 45 minutes after the show ends and return making all stops until reaching L.A. Union Station (northbound) and Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo Station (southbound).
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Fans await U2 at the Rose Bowl. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times