Stadium 'ready' for The Who gig

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at
Fri Jun 1 07:12:36 CDT 2007

>From BBC News:

Stadium 'ready' for The Who gig

Thousands of music fans will descend on Swansea later
as rock band The Who play the first major gig at the
Liberty Stadium since it opened in 2005. 
Parking capacity near the stadium has been doubled as
organisers try to cater for the extra demand put on
the city. 

It will be the first stadium gig in Swansea since the
Stereophonics played the old Morfa Stadium in 1999. 

There are still tickets available for the gig, which
will also feature a set by indie rockers The

Many of the car parks earmarked for The Who fans are
situated within walking distance of the stadium and
will be signposted. 

Park and ride facilities will also be made available. 

Arrive early 

Organisers are urging fans to arrive early for the
concert, which starts at 1815 BST with a 30-minute set
by Killing For Company, the new band recently formed
by ex-Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable. 

Gates will be open from 1700 BST. 

After the concert, the A4067 dual carriageway adjacent
to the stadium will be closed for up to 30 minutes to
allow fans to leave safely. 

A spokesperson for Swansea Stadium Management Company
said that Friday was a "huge date" for the £27m venue
and Swansea in general, and that they had worked on
transport plans with South Wales Police and Swansea
"We are constantly reviewing our travel strategy to
make it as easy as possible for stadium users to get
along to events with the minimum disruption to both
them and local residents," said the spokesperson. 

The Charlatans are due on stage at 1915 BST before The
Who begin a two-hour set with songs spanning their
career at 2030 BST. 

In 1976, the band played the Vetch on their acclaimed
"Who Put The Boot In Tour" and it became the last UK
paid for concert before drummer Keith Moon died. 

Frontman Roger Daltrey and guitarist Pete Townsend are
the only original members of The Who left, although
they will be joined on the Liberty Stadium stage by
Cardiff-born bass player Pino Palladino, who has
toured with the group for many years. 

In May, tickets for the gig were being advertised on
internet sites at more than twice their face value -
even though the gig was not sold out. 

Stadium managers said tickets priced at £40 to £55
were being offered for sale at close to £120 on some
auction web sites. 

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