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Foo Fighters at the Stadium of Light: All you need to know for the gig in Sunderland

Event timings and ticket information as Foo Fighters, Kaiser Chiefs and The Strypes gear up for Stadium of Light Sunderland show

With just six days to go until they kick off the UK leg of their Sonic Highways tour on Wearside, US rock gods Foo Fighters have announced an additional support act for their headline show.

We've got all the information you need about the gig here.

Who's supporting the Foo Fighters?

With UK music giants Kaiser Chiefs already confirmed, it has been announced that Irish rock band The Strypes will kick off the evening’s entertainment.

Travelling to the Stadium of Light

Around 50,000 fans will flock to Sunderland next Monday, as Foo Fighters take to the Stadium of Light stage.

Fans are advised to plan their journey to and from the stadium carefully and arrive well in advance of the show, as entry points will be extremely busy. Naturally with an event of this size, there will be queues and fans should ensure that they are dressed appropriately for the weather conditions.

As the stadium has already started its transformation into a concert operation, construction and building work will be on-going until the day of the show. To ensure the safety of everyone attending, there will be no queuing permitted in the days leading up to the concert.

The Kaiser Chiefs performing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena. Front man Ricky Wilson
The Kaiser Chiefs performing at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena. Front man Ricky Wilson

Go North East services X66 and X88 will run to a special timetable, as well as running extra journeys to get people to the concert. Go to Go North East's website to see additional bus services for the Foo Fighters concert.

What time does the Stadium of Light open on Bank Holiday Monday?

External courtyard areas will open after 2pm on the day, with the main stadium gates open from 4pm. Foo Fighters support acts, are set to take to the stage at approx. 6pm, with the main act due on at approximately 8-8:30pm.

Concert-goers are reminded however that show times are approximate and may be subject to change on the day.

Map of the stage and key areas around the Stadium of Light

Site map for Foo Fighters at the Stadium of Light

The concert promoter and hundreds of set-up crew have moved on-site to begin the huge task of preparing the stadium for its showpiece concert in just a few days’ time.

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 and a special surface is being laid which covers the entire pitch.

An external courtyard area, designed to house pre-show entertainment, food courts and bars, is also under construction.

Getting into the Stadium of Light

All approach roads to the stadium site will be closed on show day to ensure the safety of the large numbers of pedestrians and there is no parking or access available at the stadium itself, or in the surrounding residential areas.

Those attending the concerts or collecting people after the show should use the city centre car parks, which are just a short walk from the stadium. The car parks will remain open late on Monday evening as advised on safcconcerts.com.

There are many car parks in the city centre and extra parking will be made available, with The Bridges car park offering an additional 1,000 spaces until 1am.

Cars and taxis will not be allowed to collect fans from the stadium.

Sheepfolds Road, opposite St Peter’s Metro station, will open to taxis once crowds have dispersed.

Mirrorpix The Strypes
The Strypes

KEY TIMINGS (approximate and may be subject to change on the day)

2pm onwards External courtyards open

4pm Stadium doors open

6:00pm/6:30pm Support on stage

8:00pm/8:30pm Main act on stage

11pm Show ends (approximate time)

Can you still get tickets?

A small number of additional general admission and seated tickets with prime views have recently been released for the show and are available to buy directly from the Stadium of Light ticket office or by calling the ticket hotline, 0191 551 5004.

The ticket office is open 9am until 5.30pm Monday to Friday and from 10am until 1pm on Saturdays.

What can you take in to the concert?

No items of food or drink are permitted to be brought into the venue. Catering outlets are available, both within the external courtyard and the stadium concourses. A range of food and beverage options are on offer, including pizzas, burgers, hotdogs, wraps and soft drinks.

Those attending the show are also reminded that a ‘Challenge 25’ protocol will be in place and anyone wishing to purchase alcohol who appears to be under the age of 25, will be asked to provide proof of age.

Latest news and information

Concert-goers should check www.safcconcerts.com for all the latest news and information about the show. This site is updated daily and includes FAQs, travel information and important safety advice.

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