FEARS of chaos caused by the Metro strikes proved unfounded.
No major incidents were reported on the roads around the stadium, and all queues cleared within about an hour of the band leaving the stage – quicker than at previous concerts.
Chief inspector Sean McKenna, of Northumbria Police, said: “Concert-goers were extremely well-behaved and they had clearly heeded the advice issued prior to the show, which was very pleasing.
“They showed patience and understanding and worked with stewards and police to ensure that everyone got away as quickly and safely as possible.
“The bus service provided by Nexus assisted concert-goers and the traffic management system also worked very well.
“Naturally we experienced some congestion but that is to be expected given the crowd numbers.
“All in all it was a very successful event and a great evening.”
Sharon Kelly, director of customer services at Metro operator DBTW, said: “The travel arrangements last night went as well as we could have hoped in the circumstances.
“I think people had heard about the strike and acted on the advice to plan ahead, be prepared and travel early.
“Our teams worked hard to ensure the crowds got away after the concert as quickly as possible on the transport provided. I want to thank everyone for their patience.”
She added: “We will do everything we can to avert further industrial action taking place on June 21.”
Black Cat bosses hailed last night’s pyrotechnic spectacular as a runaway success.
SAFC’s commercial director Gary Hutchinson – the man responsible for booking acts at the Stadium of Light – said: “Coldplay’s performance has to rank as one of the best musical spectacles we’ve seen at the Stadium of Light, so we’re thrilled to have brought it to the people of the North East.
“Since we started concerts at the stadium in 2009, there has been a huge amount of hard work by key agencies behind the scenes to help us to continue securing the biggest and best performers.
“It simply underlines why the region is now a firm fixture on the music industry map and that bodes very well for forthcoming years.”
The next planned strike is due to take place on the same day as the Bruce Springsteen gig on June 21.
US rockers Red Hot Chili Peppers will complete the summer’s trio of blockbuster gigs at the Stadium of Light on June 24.