Concert ticket, money, and ID. Most people would agree that these are essential items to bring with you to a concert. For a U2 concert, you might consider packing one more “essential” item in your pocket: your U2.com membership card.
Fans in today’s San Diego general admission line laughed when venue security asked them to present their U2.com membership card so they could form a line that will allow them access into the venue before others.
Before the opening show in San Diego on Monday, two general admission lines were formed — one for fans who purchased their tickets from the U2.com pre-sale and one for fans who purchased their tickets during the public on-sale date. The fans who had purchased their tickets from the U2.com pre-sale were screened in slight advance of the other ticket holders on Monday. (Think a 10-second advantage in a race.) Because there was no pre-sale for tonight’s show, there are no U2.com tickets — so someone (U2’s management? venue management?) decided that they needed another way to separate and screen general admission ticket holders. The brilliant idea? Have fans present their U2.com membership card!
Fans in the general admission line quickly pointed out to security how ridiculous it is to expect that fans carry their membership cards at all times, and the idea was quickly thrown out. The last we heard from our person on the scene, there was one long general admission line.
FYI: To determine if you have a U2.com ticket or a regular ticket from Ticketmaster, look at the top right of the ticket. In one of the fields, it will say “FAN” (for tickets from the U2.com presale) or “ADULT” (for tickets from Ticketmaster).
Update: U2 security or management (not venue security or management) eventually did create two general admission lines — one for fan club members and one for regular ticket holders. People were asked to use the honor system and join the appropriate line.