Sunderland Stadium of Light getting ready to host Take That and Kings of Leon concerts

Contractors cover the Stadium of Light pitch before the stage is built for this month's Take That concerts
Contractors cover the Stadium of Light pitch before the stage is built for this month's Take That concerts
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ELEVEN days to go and things are taking shape for Take That.

 Ahead of the band’s arrival in the city for their Progress Live tour, the Stadium of Light is being transformed from a Premier League football venue to the host of a music spectacular.

 The Take That trucks rolled into Sunderland straight after Saturday’s last home match to begin the stadium’s temporary facelift.

 Crowd barriers, handrails, LED boards and advertising hoardings have been removed to make way for a special surface which covers the entire pitch.

 And with details of the sell-out show still shrouded in secrecy, a full-scale security operation is in place to ensure confidentiality.

 SAFC head of venue and events, Gary Hutchinson, said: “There’s a huge amount of work involved in preparing the stadium for the concerts and getting it ready for the band’s arrival.

 “The concert promoters are now on site, and we are working hand in hand with them to ensure that things run as smoothly as possible.”

 Take That will begin rehearsals in the coming days for what is set to be a spectacular opening night of the tour on May 27.