One Direction warm up at Sunderland’s Stadium of Light

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ONE Direction made a flying visit to Sunderland as they prepapre to peform before tens of thousands of fans at the Stadium of Light.

The world’s biggest boy band have picked Wearside for the opening leg of their Where We Are tour and visited the stadium yesterday to rehearse.

Harry, Zayn Liam, Niall and Louis also enjoyed a kick around on the stadium’s pitch, with band member Niall Horan posting pictures of himself on instagram in front of the Strongbow North Stand, sporting an SAFC home strip.

Each band member received a personalised shirt as a gift from the club.

Sunderland fans will be pleased to see the boys in red and white after pictures of them were released of them in Newcastle shirts at a training session with Magpie players last year.

The band are now set to jet to Ireland in preparation for their show at Dublin’s Croke Park at the weekend.

mMre than 50,000 young people are due to attend the Stadium of Light show on Wednesday and enhanced safety provision has been given top priority by organisers.

Special One Direction-branded identification wristbands are available to all valid ticket holders under 18.

The wristbands include areas for parents or guardians to fill in their name, mobile number and seat number as a safety precaution to assist in reuniting parents and children in the event that they become separated.

Concert-goers are reminded that the wristband does not allow entry to the concert and that they must be in possession of a valid ticket.

The wristbands are available from a number of locations, including:

•Stadium of Light Ticket Office, Sunderland

•Any of the nine Nexus TravelShops, located either on or next to a Metro station.

•NewcastleGateshead Visitor Information Centre, Central Arcade, Newcastle upon Tyne.

•Customer Services Desk at The Bridges Shopping Centre, Sunderland

The identification wristbands will also be available on the day from SAFC stewards and special ‘meet and greet’ teams, who will be offering assistance at entry points to the stadium village.

Paul Weir, SAFC’s head of safety and security, said: “With a show of this nature we naturally expect to welcome large numbers of young people to the stadium and we need parents and guardians to help ensure that the event is a success.

“If accompanying children to the event we would ask parents to please make use of the free ID wristbands as a safety measure.”