Rihanna fans expected to queue from 6am for Sunderland gig

Rihanna takes to the stage during her last visit to the Stadium of Light in 2013
Rihanna takes to the stage during her last visit to the Stadium of Light in 2013
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Fans eager to get their hands on Rihanna tickets will be able to queue at the Stadium of Light on Thursday.

Tickets for the singer’s return to Wearside will go on sale from 9am on December 3, and those who want to get their hands on pitch tickets first will be able to queue at Black Cat House from 6am on the day of release.

Rihanna is due to release her eighth album

Rihanna is due to release her eighth album

After a sell out gig at the stadium in 2013 with her Diamonds tour, which drew a record crowd of more than 56,000 to the venue, the star will return on June 18 to promote forthcoming album, Anti.

Ticket agent lines and web purchases for the gig will also go live at 9am on Thursday.

Rihanna was originally lined up to play the stadium last year, but her tour with Kanye West was cancelled days before it was officially announced. Since then, concert bosses at the stadium have spent the past 12 months securing her return for this world tour.

“We’re particularly pleased to have her play on a Saturday night, it’s the best day you can have in terms of sales, plus it means people will be able to make a weekend of it,” explains SAFC commercial director, Gary Hutchinson.

Talks had been in place with Coldplay and The Stone Roses about playing the venue, but they decided to limit their tours to other locations. So far, Rihanna is the only act confirmed for 2016, but Gary says if they can secure another act, they will.

Since 2013, the stadium has invested £250,000 in extra signage and made changes to its entry system to ensure entry and exit from gigs runs as smoothly as possible.

Gary added: “Rihanna has created a real buzz surrounding this world tour and her new album as part of her online ANTI DiaRy campaign and we are thrilled to be a part of it. There has been unprecedented interested since the announcement and we fully expect this concert to match Rihanna’s last visit to Sunderland and sell-out, so we urge fans to secure their tickets as soon as possible to avoid any disappointment.”

Supporting Rihanna on the tour will be The Weeknd, whose album Beauty Behind The Madness reached number 1 in the UK charts, and American rapper Big Sean.

HOW TO GET TICKETS

Fans can buy tickets in person from the Stadium of Light box office from 9am on Thursday morning - a limited allocation of General Admission (GA) tickets, affording pitch standing /unreserved Tier 1 seating is available. Reserved seating tickets can only be purchased through approved ticket agents (listed below). Fans are advised however that tickets cannot be purchased from SAFC’s telephone hotline or club website.

Fans who wish to queue to ensure they get their tickets can do so from 6am on Thursday, with the ticket office opening at 9am. No overnight queuing will be permitted. Fans who do not wish to purchase their tickets in person can do so via the official ticket websites and phone lines listed below.

HOW TO BUY

Tickets go on sale Thursday 3 December, from 9am, at the Stadium of Light ticket office and from approved ticket agents.

A pre-sale will be available for SAFC season card holders and official members on Wednesday 2 December, from 9am.

Stadium of Light sales information:

The Stadium of Light will offer General Admission (standing/Tier 1 unreserved seating) tickets only, priced at £55 and a limited number of Gold Circle tickets at £75. All sales are subject to a £4 booking fee per ticket (unless payment is made in cash). Tickets cannot be purchased from SAFC by telephone or online, tickets are available from the stadium’s box office to in-person purchasers only.

Please note £1 per ticket will be added onto the booking fee, this fee will be donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation.

Ticket agents:

Golden Circle £75, general admission tickets (standing/Tier 1 unreserved seating) £55. Tier 2 reserved seats £60 and Tier 3 reserved seats £50/ £60. All tickets are subject to a booking fee.

Please note that £1 per ticket will be added onto the booking fee, this fee will be donated to the Clara Lionel Foundation.

Online at www.livenation.com.

Online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk or 0844 8440444

Wheelchair and special needs patrons:

Tickets for wheelchair and special needs patrons are available by telephone from SAFC, tel. 0191 551 5004 or ticket.office@safc.com

Important information:

Young people aged 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18 and no unaccompanied youngsters aged 14 or under will be permitted entry to the venue.

There is a limit of six tickets per purchaser in place.

SHOW TIMES (approximate and may be subject to change)

External courtyards: 2pm

Doors: 4pm

Showtime: 6pm

Show ends: 11pm

HOSPITALITY

Demand for this show is expected to be exceptionally high. Visit www.safcconcerts.com or call 0871 911 1555 or email rihannahosp@safc.com to find out more information or to make an expression of interest for our exciting new concert hospitality concept. Existing SAFC hospitality customers should contact the club immediately to reserve their package.

HILTON GARDEN INN

A new 141 bedroom Hilton Garden Inn will open adjacent to the Stadium of Light in April 2016. For more information or to make a room reservation call 0191 5515110 or email Catherine.graham@hilton.com, prompt booking advised.