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TODAY’S the day when Bruce Springsteen shares his epic live act with Sunderland.

Fans of “The Boss” have been queuing since yesterday to ensure they get the best standing spots possible for the US rocker’s concert spectacle.

Bruce Sprinsteen fans waiting outside the Stadium of Light this morning.

Bruce Sprinsteen fans waiting outside the Stadium of Light this morning.

He will be joined on stage at the Stadium of Light by his E Street Band in one of just three shows he will play in the country this year.

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Judging from his most recent gigs, it’s predicted the star could be on stage for more than three and a half hours.

The set will include tracks from his recent Wrecking Ball album release as well as classic Springsteen tracks such as Born in the USA, Dancing in the Dark and Born to Run.

Once the rocker has left the stage, work will begin to prepare the stadium for the Red Hot Chili Peppers on Sunday.

Tickets are still available for both shows.

Concert-goers are reminded that the roads surrounding the Stadium of Light will also be closed today and there will be no parking available in the immediate vicinity.

Car parks are clearly sign-posted on the approaches to the city centre. Motorists are urged to park in the city centre and walk to the stadium across the Wearmouth Bridge.

St Mary’s, Sunniside, The Bridges and Civic Centre car parks will all be open and are only a few minutes’ walk from the stadium. Additional smaller car parks will also be open throughout the city.

Additional car parks are being operated by the University of Sunderland with a further 1,000 spaces available at the St Peters Campus and other university sites across the city.

In addition, parking is also available from Sunderland Enterprise Park, with a 20-30 minute walk to the stadium. This is accessed via the A1231, however access is restricted until 6pm.

•The Echo will be running a live blog for fans at tonight’s gig. Include your tweets, pictures and videos using the Twitter hashtag #echoboss

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