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I don't really understand (yet, at least) folks who are unhappy about the RZ location--it includes c. 1/3 of the front main stage rail, and the "side" portions are still pretty close to the main stage and give a nice view of the screens.  And apropos of some of ddarroch's comments, keep in mind that U2 has always kept the very best locations for regular GA.  RZs are a new invention--they didn't exist until the 360 (i.e., the last) tour.  Then, the RZs had no front (main stage) rail at all--they were on the outer rails of the ellipse catwalk (and definitely on the sides, not center).  Now, the RZs do include some main stage rail areas.  I suppose some would have preferred them to be by the e-stage, as it initially appeared, but that would have had the drawbacks ddarroch has mentioned.

 

Bottom line, given that U2 has always kept the best spots for regular GA (e.g., on the 360 tour), what did people expect for the RZs?  They certainly were never going to be center main stage rail.

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Can anyone weigh in and guess how many people are on each side of the RZ? Definitely looks like more than 50 but would like an estimate. Thanks. I think given the layout the RZ is fine.

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I'm pretty done weighing in, but thought I'd post my video I took when I was in the RED zone. Until you experience it, it will be difficult for me or anyone to convince you its a great spot, and bonus your not tied down to this spot. You can move around if you want.

 

This was shot Van 1, front rail, off to the right. This will give you an idea on the view. I lined up at 430pm both nights and both nights got a front rail spot.

 

https://youtu.be/TYFBcIsMP2c

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Awesome, thanks for sharing your video!  So excited for RZ in Boston!

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I don't know what all the complaining is about, that looks like a good area to see the show.  Sure different than the original diagrams but I actually would rather be up near the main stage.  And seems like you can move around as the show flows which is pretty cool.  Can't wait for the Boston shows!  

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This will give you an idea on the view. I lined up at 430pm both nights and both nights got a front rail spot.

https://youtu.be/TYFBcIsMP2c

I think you could get this spot in GA too, by lining up at 430pm. You'd just have to line up at 430pm, the day BEFORE the show ;)

 

Thanks Shannon387, that looks awesome!

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This will give you an idea on the view. I lined up at 430pm both nights and both nights got a front rail spot.

https://youtu.be/TYFBcIsMP2c

I think you could get this spot in GA too, by lining up at 430pm. You'd just have to line up at 430pm, the day BEFORE the show ;)

 

Thanks Shannon387, that looks awesome!

 

Yes thanks for posting that, puts my mind at rest. Hope I get a similar position................minus the wooohooos  :D

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To anyone who went already, how did the line work, was it a separate line from GA?  You have to get there and then stay there right, there's no getting a wristband with a number or any of that stuff? I wonder though will it vary from venue to venue?

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This will give you an idea on the view. I lined up at 430pm both nights and both nights got a front rail spot.

https://youtu.be/TYFBcIsMP2c

I think you could get this spot in GA too, by lining up at 430pm. You'd just have to line up at 430pm, the day BEFORE the show ;)

 

Thanks Shannon387, that looks awesome!

 

Yes thanks for posting that, puts my mind at rest. Hope I get a similar position................minus the wooohooos  :D

 

lmao! don't stand near me then... 

 

Whoohoo!

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Okay... now that I've seen more shots and videos of the Red Zone, I take back what I said before. I am NOT disappointed!  :P  :wub:

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that video also put my mind at ease,  i will be in LA on the 26th looking for the exact same spot that video is taken from.  see you at 3 pm in the parking lot! lol

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How was the experience yesterday? How many in each RZ? Well located, close to stage/catwalk? Nice to see the big screen? 

Un like the majority hear I am not a super fan of U2 ,I listen to them the odd time ,the real fan is my wife who like many of you is crazy for them, I get that I feel the same way about the band's I like . I hope everyone here gets a chance to read this ,the red zone is terrible ,u are not near the stage for the most part ,ga has a much better vantage point overall.I applaud support red ,but to see the way the red zone in Vancouver was setup was shocking .First we have the steep prices ,then we have no order what' so ever to get into the redzone ,then when you get there you see that there are very few spots availaible close to the stage.The worse part is seeing GA crowds with a far better vantage points than the red zone .I thought I was the only one with this opinion but I had a chance to speak to over 20 people and we all felt the same. To me U2 has lost there perspective here ,truly felt like a money grab ,it did not take away from there performance ,I will give credit for credit due and it was excellent from a performance point ,but from a $$$ amount it was a huge failure .  You truly owe a refund of a portion to the fan's who were misled in believing the red zone  was a ticket to a closer look at the band perform 

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I must say, based on my observations from GA at last nights show, I would prefer GA. In fact, I have RZ tix for tonight's show but will do everything in my power to make sure I get back into GA. RZ just seems too far disconnected.

That said, I am glad that Shannon had a great time. Perhaps she was up close but that's only in a very small section.

Your observation is spot on ,GA is much more preferred than the red zone   Never again   tremendous waste of money ,felt completely duped

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Hi guys!  Still fresh from the euphoria of the Red Zone experience at San Jose last night!  Don't feel cheated, you really do have an awesome view of the band especially when they're at the main stage.  It's not GA caliber, but if you don't wanna stand hours and hours in line to get what you get with GA, then it really is the second best.  I still think it's much better than watching it from GA if you don't have time to line up.  You're paying for the convenience. 

 

I got into the Red Zone at around 7:45 and we were pretty close.  I don't even think 50 people were there on my side the entire time (Northside - Adam's side).  As the band makes their way to the walkway and the E stage, people in your Zone move along with the band, which is a great thing to do so you can see the entire show.  That also clears some space up at the front railing if you wanna be super close when the band makes their way back. 

 

What RZ folks have that GA folks don't is that opportunity for mobility to see the entire stage and the screen.  If you're stuck in GA, you really are glued to your spot, especially if you're at the front railing.  This prevents you from getting a good view of the awesome screen, and totally strains your neck for 50% of the concert when they're not near you.   If you're in RZ, you can move around fairly comfortably along with the band, and go in and out of GA as you please, etc.  

 

I've usually done GA and this was my first RZ experience, and I definitely enjoyed the comfort, the ability to move around, and still get close to the band.  I did have this awful/weird experience where this woman bit my finger as I was dancing about because she said it was in her face...I've never experienced anything like that in GA.  A few pretty aggressive folks as well, but I caught the attention of one of the security folks, and she watched out for me.  That kinda dampened the experience for me, but don't want it to ruin it for me too much! 

 

As far as checking in - my mother purchased these tickets for me as a gift, and wasn't able to escort me to the venue.  I was afraid I'd be denied entry, even though I had her credit card...but the guy handing out the wristbands and tickets, accepted a photocopy of her ID and checked me in.  It was a pretty seamless experience and they're actually very great and accommodating at check-in.  You do get souvenir tickets, which are awesome! 

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I was in Red Zone in Vancouver on the 15th. I thought it was a ripoff. The entire area is back from the stage with maybe a small corner up against the main stage. The rest was back against the boards. There was supposed to be a designated concession stands and swag stand. There was neither. We got let in at the same time as GA and had to cross through the stampede of people running for a spot by the stage to get to the entrance. Nearly got run over.

 

Not worth the money. I was in GA on the 14th. Basically had to pay 3x the money for Red Zone for the exact same experience except farther away from the stage. Sold a bill of goods that was not delivered.

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Hi guys!  Still fresh from the euphoria of the Red Zone experience at San Jose last night!  Don't feel cheated, you really do have an awesome view of the band especially when they're at the main stage.  It's not GA caliber, but if you don't wanna stand hours and hours in line to get what you get with GA, then it really is the second best.  I still think it's much better than watching it from GA if you don't have time to line up.  You're paying for the 

 

I've usually done GA and this was my first RZ experience, and I definitely enjoyed the comfort, the ability to move around, and still get close to the band.  I did have this awful/weird experience where this woman bit my finger as I was dancing about because she said it was in her face...I've never experienced anything like that in GA.  A few pretty aggressive folks as well, but I caught the attention of one of the security folks, and she watched out for me.  That kinda dampened the experience for me, but don't want it to ruin it for me too much! 

 

As far as checking in - my mother purchased these tickets for me as a gift, and wasn't able to escort me to the venue.  I was afraid I'd be denied entry, even though I had her credit card...but the guy handing out the wristbands and tickets, accepted a photocopy of her ID and checked me in.  It was a pretty seamless experience and they're actually very great and accommodating at check-in.  You do get souvenir tickets, which are awesome! 

Someone BIT YOUR FINGER??? That's just creepy and, ew. Anyway, glad you had fun, that's good to know. Was there any kind of dedicated concessions stands the way it was promised? And what time did you get on line, oh, and was it a separate line for RZ?

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Hi guys!  Still fresh from the euphoria of the Red Zone experience at San Jose last night!  Don't feel cheated, you really do have an awesome view of the band especially when they're at the main stage.  It's not GA caliber, but if you don't wanna stand hours and hours in line to get what you get with GA, then it really is the second best.  I still think it's much better than watching it from GA if you don't have time to line up.  You're paying for the 

 

I've usually done GA and this was my first RZ experience, and I definitely enjoyed the comfort, the ability to move around, and still get close to the band.  I did have this awful/weird experience where this woman bit my finger as I was dancing about because she said it was in her face...I've never experienced anything like that in GA.  A few pretty aggressive folks as well, but I caught the attention of one of the security folks, and she watched out for me.  That kinda dampened the experience for me, but don't want it to ruin it for me too much! 

 

As far as checking in - my mother purchased these tickets for me as a gift, and wasn't able to escort me to the venue.  I was afraid I'd be denied entry, even though I had her credit card...but the guy handing out the wristbands and tickets, accepted a photocopy of her ID and checked me in.  It was a pretty seamless experience and they're actually very great and accommodating at check-in.  You do get souvenir tickets, which are awesome! 

Someone BIT YOUR FINGER??? That's just creepy and, ew. Anyway, glad you had fun, that's good to know. Was there any kind of dedicated concessions stands the way it was promised? And what time did you get on line, oh, and was it a separate line for RZ?

 

 

I know - I wasn't pleased by that, and it angered me.  It was pretty surreal.  I took her picture and a picture of my finger and started to tell security, but they left and security couldn't track them down  <_< .

 

There was a concessions stand in the RZ area, but it closed down early on in the show.  The general concessions stand had an express line for RZ and VIP folks, though! 

 

There is a separate check-in area for RZ, apart from GA and VIP.  I didn't line up before they opened the doors, I just got there around 6:50pm, and there were only a few folks getting their wristbands.  I was still close to the main stage, though not on the railing.  Hope that helps! 

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I was in Red Zone in Vancouver on the 15th. I thought it was a ripoff. The entire area is back from the stage with maybe a small corner up against the main stage. The rest was back against the boards. There was supposed to be a designated concession stands and swag stand. There was neither. We got let in at the same time as GA and had to cross through the stampede of people running for a spot by the stage to get to the entrance. Nearly got run over.

 

Not worth the money. I was in GA on the 14th. Basically had to pay 3x the money for Red Zone for the exact same experience except farther away from the stage. Sold a bill of goods that was not delivered.

 

Why didn't you just join the GA people at that point. It's not like they're going to force you to stay in RZ if you don't want to...

 

Based on previous tours, I'm not sure why people had such high expectations for RZ. It is basically just for people who want to be kind of close but have zero interest in queuing up early. The RZ was described on ticketmaster as a "Barricaded area adjacent to the Stage," which seems like what it is...

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Hi guys!  Still fresh from the euphoria of the Red Zone experience at San Jose last night!  Don't feel cheated, you really do have an awesome view of the band especially when they're at the main stage.  It's not GA caliber, but if you don't wanna stand hours and hours in line to get what you get with GA, then it really is the second best.  I still think it's much better than watching it from GA if you don't have time to line up.  You're paying for the 

 

I've usually done GA and this was my first RZ experience, and I definitely enjoyed the comfort, the ability to move around, and still get close to the band.  I did have this awful/weird experience where this woman bit my finger as I was dancing about because she said it was in her face...I've never experienced anything like that in GA.  A few pretty aggressive folks as well, but I caught the attention of one of the security folks, and she watched out for me.  That kinda dampened the experience for me, but don't want it to ruin it for me too much! 

 

As far as checking in - my mother purchased these tickets for me as a gift, and wasn't able to escort me to the venue.  I was afraid I'd be denied entry, even though I had her credit card...but the guy handing out the wristbands and tickets, accepted a photocopy of her ID and checked me in.  It was a pretty seamless experience and they're actually very great and accommodating at check-in.  You do get souvenir tickets, which are awesome! 

Someone BIT YOUR FINGER??? That's just creepy and, ew. Anyway, glad you had fun, that's good to know. Was there any kind of dedicated concessions stands the way it was promised? And what time did you get on line, oh, and was it a separate line for RZ?

 

 

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There was a concessions stand in the RZ area, but it closed down early on in the show.  The general concessions stand had an express line for RZ and VIP folks, though! 

 

There is a separate check-in area for RZ, apart from GA and VIP.  I didn't line up before they opened the doors, I just got there around 6:50pm, and there were only a few folks getting their wristbands.  I was still close to the main stage, though not on the railing.  Hope that helps! 

 

Very helpful, yes, thanks!

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Why didn't you just join the GA people at that point. It's not like they're going to force you to stay in RZ if you don't want to...

 

Based on previous tours, I'm not sure why people had such high expectations for RZ. It is basically just for people who want to be kind of close but have zero interest in queuing up early. The RZ was described on ticketmaster as a "Barricaded area adjacent to the Stage," which seems like what it is...

 

 

Closeness to the stage was the least of my complaints. You're still on the floor and had a good view. It was the lack of the other advertized amenities that bothered me.

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Why didn't you just join the GA people at that point. It's not like they're going to force you to stay in RZ if you don't want to...

 

Based on previous tours, I'm not sure why people had such high expectations for RZ. It is basically just for people who want to be kind of close but have zero interest in queuing up early. The RZ was described on ticketmaster as a "Barricaded area adjacent to the Stage," which seems like what it is...

 

 

Closeness to the stage was the least of my complaints. You're still on the floor and had a good view. It was the lack of the other advertized amenities that bothered me. We still enjoyed the show, but RZ is not worth the money.

 

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Personally if you want to wait in line then rush the stage and sit there through the entire concert then you deserve to get the best views on the rail as the GA people do. I'll admit I was a little disappointed with the RZ layout. But I am not getting there early to sit in one spot the whole night.

 

I was at the San Jose show in the upper level. The RZ was sparsely populated - everyone was up along the stage and catwalk with GA. It was different then RZ in 360. At least in RZ 360 you had a front stage position even if it was on the side. Still I like the fact that you can go chill out in the Red Zone for a bit then move through the unwashed :) as you please. Looking forward to LA.

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Hi matt!!

I have red zone tickets for one night in LA, but wanted to get seats for a second night. Were the upper level good?? Which section were you at?? Im not sure im going to enjoy the show way up there.. But there only seems to be either $280 tickets or $100..times two! Not understanding how 6th row lower level can be same price as 6th row upper level.. Only the ones way up or with limited view are $100- Can u tell me about wich section were u at and how was it?

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