Ellipse Winners Get Stamped

U2log.com has learned that the U2 organization has added yet another step to entering the ellipse at the concerts. Fans who win the general admission lottery will now have a fluorescent stamp placed on their hand as secondary proof that they are legitimate winners and have rightful access to the ellipse.

26 thoughts on “Ellipse Winners Get Stamped

  1. So I’ve bought 4 tickets as a U2.com member but obviously have only 1 membership card, so does that mean that my other 3 mates can join me in the U2.com queue even though they don’t have the flaming membership cards? this is all very confusing..!

  2. So I’ve bought 4 tickets as a U2.com member but obviously have only 1 membership card, so does that mean that my other 3 mates can join me in the U2.com queue even though they don’t have the flaming membership cards? this is all very confusing..!

  3. Jim, I was in the U2.com queue a few times and no one ever asked me to present a card (I did have it with me). Whether you and your mates have problems in the U2.com queue with one fan club card really depends upon the venue staff with whom you deal. They all have their own rules and demands.

  4. Jim, I was in the U2.com queue a few times and no one ever asked me to present a card (I did have it with me). Whether you and your mates have problems in the U2.com queue with one fan club card really depends upon the venue staff with whom you deal. They all have their own rules and demands.

  5. at philly they were looking for the fan club info printed on the ticket. philly 1 had a presale so non pre-sale shows are different. and we were stamped for the eclipse once we won the lottery. they checked it with a black light before we were allowed in.

  6. at philly they were looking for the fan club info printed on the ticket. philly 1 had a presale so non pre-sale shows are different. and we were stamped for the eclipse once we won the lottery. they checked it with a black light before we were allowed in.

  7. My GA tickets were from the record label, which I won from a radio station. I wondered if that had anything to do with getting selected for the ellipse. However, the first ticket didn’t win. It was the second. Looking at them I can’t tell any difference, except that one says seat 33 and the other seat 34. Oh, and there’s no price on the ticket. It’s $0.00. Maybe if I had another GA ticket to compare it to?

    It was interesting how secure they made access to the GA section and ellipse:

    1) Patted down and wanded at the turnstile.

    2) First scan of ticket at the door.

    3) Black wristband with “Vertigo//” printed on it.

    4) Black slash “” on ticket with permanent marker.

    5) Second scan (connected to laptop computer).

    6) Losers got the blue screen, while winners got a screen with psuedo Vertigo tickets all over it.

    7) You and your companion’s tickets punched with a star shaped hole.

    8) Directed to another table where the ticket was scanned again and another slash “/” was added (making an “X”).

    9) Given another wristband, this time white with yellow checkerboard squares and the same “Vertigo//” printed on it.

    10)Finally, they stamped the top of your hand with the invisible ink.

    11) To get into the regular GA they just looked for the black band.

    12) To get into the walkway to go to the ellipse they shined a black light on the white band and looked for a yellow bullseye.

    13) To get in the doorway under the catwalk and into the ellipse they shined a blacklight on the top of your hand.

  8. My GA tickets were from the record label, which I won from a radio station. I wondered if that had anything to do with getting selected for the ellipse. However, the first ticket didn’t win. It was the second. Looking at them I can’t tell any difference, except that one says seat 33 and the other seat 34. Oh, and there’s no price on the ticket. It’s $0.00. Maybe if I had another GA ticket to compare it to?

    It was interesting how secure they made access to the GA section and ellipse:

    1) Patted down and wanded at the turnstile.

    2) First scan of ticket at the door.

    3) Black wristband with “Vertigo//” printed on it.

    4) Black slash “” on ticket with permanent marker.

    5) Second scan (connected to laptop computer).

    6) Losers got the blue screen, while winners got a screen with psuedo Vertigo tickets all over it.

    7) You and your companion’s tickets punched with a star shaped hole.

    8) Directed to another table where the ticket was scanned again and another slash “/” was added (making an “X”).

    9) Given another wristband, this time white with yellow checkerboard squares and the same “Vertigo//” printed on it.

    10)Finally, they stamped the top of your hand with the invisible ink.

    11) To get into the regular GA they just looked for the black band.

    12) To get into the walkway to go to the ellipse they shined a black light on the white band and looked for a yellow bullseye.

    13) To get in the doorway under the catwalk and into the ellipse they shined a blacklight on the top of your hand.

  9. I’m curious how they gonna select ppl for the European tours.

    Brussels: 6600 GA! (red zone)

  10. I’m curious how they gonna select ppl for the European tours.

    Brussels: 6600 GA! (red zone)

  11. question…

    what kind of stamp was it?

    was it a target?
    was it “U2” or a word?

    thanks!

  12. question…

    what kind of stamp was it?

    was it a target?
    was it “U2” or a word?

    thanks!

  13. This gives me the giggles, makes me think of Airplane!
    Male announcer: The blue zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
    Female announcer: The blue zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
    Male announcer: The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a blue zone.
    Female announcer: No, the blue zone is for loading. Now, there is no stopping in a RED zone.
    Male announcer: The red zone has always been for loading.
    Female announcer: Don’t you tell me which zone is for loading, and which zone is for unloading.
    Male announcer: Look Betty, don’t start up with your blue zone shit again. There’s just no stopping in a blue zone.

  14. This gives me the giggles, makes me think of Airplane!
    Male announcer: The blue zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
    Female announcer: The blue zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a red zone.
    Male announcer: The red zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in a blue zone.
    Female announcer: No, the blue zone is for loading. Now, there is no stopping in a RED zone.
    Male announcer: The red zone has always been for loading.
    Female announcer: Don’t you tell me which zone is for loading, and which zone is for unloading.
    Male announcer: Look Betty, don’t start up with your blue zone shit again. There’s just no stopping in a blue zone.

  15. That sure looks as if too many people were trying to sneak their way into the ellipse…it’s sad that they have to figure out even more measures to prevent that.

  16. That sure looks as if too many people were trying to sneak their way into the ellipse…it’s sad that they have to figure out even more measures to prevent that.

  17. I didn’t get a great look at the stamp when they put the light on my hand, but it appeared to be something like that face graphic from the Zooropa cover.

  18. I didn’t get a great look at the stamp when they put the light on my hand, but it appeared to be something like that face graphic from the Zooropa cover.

  19. Su, the sad thing is the lottery. I have absolutely zero sympathy for the band with this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I bought a General Admission ticket, not a lottery ticket. We were told, “once again the best seats are the cheapest.” That’s only true IF you happen to “win” or if you show up 20+ hours before the show.

    The band can’t even own up to what htey want. When asked, management has consistently said it’s to stop camping out, yet it’s clear that’s not what they want, otherwise they’d have changed it to a raffle at 10am to determine the front of the line.

    Besides, as dead as the bomb shelter looked in Chicago, and from what friends have told me the same is true in most cities, they could use all the cheater they can get. At least those people _MIGHT_ know the new material and be more worried about the next song than their next beer (or in the case of chicago getting to their car 7 songs before the show ended).

  20. Su, the sad thing is the lottery. I have absolutely zero sympathy for the band with this. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I bought a General Admission ticket, not a lottery ticket. We were told, “once again the best seats are the cheapest.” That’s only true IF you happen to “win” or if you show up 20+ hours before the show.

    The band can’t even own up to what htey want. When asked, management has consistently said it’s to stop camping out, yet it’s clear that’s not what they want, otherwise they’d have changed it to a raffle at 10am to determine the front of the line.

    Besides, as dead as the bomb shelter looked in Chicago, and from what friends have told me the same is true in most cities, they could use all the cheater they can get. At least those people _MIGHT_ know the new material and be more worried about the next song than their next beer (or in the case of chicago getting to their car 7 songs before the show ended).

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