HERE’S the first glimpse of the One Direction stage as the boy band superstars prepare to take over the Stadium of Light.
The band’s crew are in full swing transforming the home of the Black Cats into a concert venue for the Wearside leg of the global Where We Are Tour.
One Direction will perform in front of more than 50,000 excited fans on May 28.
Promoters and hundreds of set-up crew moved on-site shortly after the Swansea game on Sunday.
The vast infrastructure required to host the show is being installed and crowd barriers, handrails, LED boards and advertising hoardings have already been removed from around the playing field. A special surface is also being laid which covers the entire pitch.
Concert-goers are being advised to look for a special colour-coded entry system, which is aimed at making it easier for them to access the stadium.
The stadium will be divided into four coloured zones – red, blue, green and yellow. These designated zones are highlighted at the bottom of the concert tickets and the corresponding entry points around the stadium will be clearly signposted on the day of the show.
Concert-goers should check their ticket carefully in advance and those holding tickets in the pitch standing area (no under 12s permitted) and tier 1 and tier 2 seats, should follow signs to their designated colour-coded point of entry on arrival.
Fans with tickets for the tier 3 seated area will not enter through the colour-coded gates and instead will be allocated a numbered turnstile. This will be clearly indicated on their concert ticket.
Sunderland AFC’s facilities manager Peter Weymes, who is overseeing the vast operation, said: “There is a huge amount of work involved in turning the stadium from a football arena to a concert venue and we only have a very short period of time to get everything done.
“The whole on-site team is working extremely hard to get the stadium ready for the band’s arriving and to ensure that it is in fantastic shape for the shows.”