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Gloria..definitely get tickets for the upper level the second night! Your experience will be completely different then RZ. I sat in the corner about 11 rows up. The view was spectacular. The sound was spectacular. I think the new sound system and the visuals are best experienced in the upper level and you don't need to sit center stage. Just avoid the ends of the arena-Worthless. I think you can spend a $100 for decent seats.

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Will do! Could you be more specific..? Which section you hadd.. ? Soi can see in the map.. I've been in and out of the ticketmaster page and still could not make up my mind!!

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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?

 

I would try and wait as long as possible regarding LA, mainly because the layout that was originally shown when the tickets went on sale doesn't appear to be what it the layout actually is. Red Zone sections changed in design from when first advertised to what they are now. I have a friend who has been a member as long as I have and he bought his 100 level seats based on the show floor offered at time of purchase many months ago. what he thought would be a great view of the stage, but now it appears he could be more closer to the B-stage (which could be a good thing) and on the opposite end of the venue where the stage even would be.

 

The venue seating chart for The Forum on Ticketmaster.com doesn't even show the b-stage, so I would not base reserved seats on that floor plan at all. An example would be the original San Jose seating chat link below:

 

http://sapcenter.s3.amazonaws.com/img/U2-Seating-Chart.jpg

 

As you can see the original layout had Red Zone near the B-Stage, it shows that floor plan as of November 2014 and while the majority of that floor plan remained the same, the difference was the Red Zone sectons, which were not near the B-stage at all but up toward the main stage running down between reserved and GA.

 

If you can wait until a more revised floor plan for the Forum is released to buy your reserved seats, that is what I would do, because you would have a better idea of what your view will be like. Just my two cents...

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Thanks Matt!

 

And Jon, the layout is the same as in vancouver etc etc.. there was a picture of the layout in the red zone email today.

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God be with the days when you could just go to a U2 gig without the need for a bible on the GA situation.

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Earlier in this thread there are pix of the floor with the red zone and what it looks like.

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Thanks Matt!

 

And Jon, the layout is the same as in vancouver etc etc.. there was a picture of the layout in the red zone email today.

 

Yes I figure the layout is the same for every show, what I meant was when the tickets were first offered, the lay out was completely different with regards to Red Zone placement and also at that time it didn't say which side the stage was on. In your Red Zone confirmawtion does it show a stage placement along with section numbers or just the Red Zone placement? Clealry it changed for Red Zone when they first announced tickets to just before the tour started. Hopefully you get good reserved seats for the other night you are going to go to.

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Here is a video I shot last night at the Phoenix, AZ - Night #1 show (05/22/15) during the encore as US Airways Center.  I was in the RedZone Southside (RZ2).  As you have seen on the RZ maps posted by others here, only the outer half of the front stage rail is part of the RZ.  I was as center-stage as you could get and still be in the RZ.  As the video shows, the view was great while the band played on the main stage...it was 'eh' when they were on the catwalk, and not so good when they were on the 'e' stage.  I would suggest that if you want to be more center-stage or catwalk, you bail on the RZ and grab a spot in the GA as soon as you're in the arena.  The GA fills up quickly at the front (as you would expect). 

 

Many RZ'ers near me at the beginning of the show traveled with the band as other posters here have recommended.  They, of course, lost the RZ rail spot when they did this.  I chose to stay put last night since my seats tonight (Night #2) are Row 3 right by the 'e' stage.

 

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Thanks Matt!

 

And Jon, the layout is the same as in vancouver etc etc.. there was a picture of the layout in the red zone email today.

 

Yes I figure the layout is the same for every show, what I meant was when the tickets were first offered, the lay out was completely different with regards to Red Zone placement and also at that time it didn't say which side the stage was on. In your Red Zone confirmawtion does it show a stage placement along with section numbers or just the Red Zone placement? Clealry it changed for Red Zone when they first announced tickets to just before the tour started. Hopefully you get good reserved seats for the other night you are going to go to.

 

It's clear that the main stage is on the other end of where the RZ tix initially seemed to be (on the TM diagrams--although we now know that the RZ actually abuts the main stage on both outer sides).  So, if you're buying seats, besides not wanting to be on either end(s), I'd suggest something on the side relatively close to the main stage.  That is, NOT close to where the RZ tix on TM appear to be (unless you wish to be close to the b-stage).

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Here's what I want to know (and i know it's found throughout these 8 pages... but maybe if someone could collate with their experience, it might make it easier... (and crossposted to at u2 tour forum)

1. What time did you arrive to the arena?
2. Where did you end up positioned?
3. How many people on your Red Zone side?
4. Were you able to leave and go in to GA and come back to Red Zone?
5. Were you able to choose your side?
6. Any other tips?

 

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Heres what I need to know:

 

1/Are sandwiches supplied whilst waiting in line?

2/Will security escort me to the toilet as I scare easy in big crowds?

3/Will throw cushions & blankets be supplied as I don't want to catch a chill?

4/If asked will the band start and finish early in order for me to catch the last bus home?

 

 

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I have RZ1 tickets for tonight's Forum show, and we're going with two friends who have GA tickets.  I want to try to be on the same side as them (North/South), and I have a few questions:

 

1) From the above posts, it looks like RZ1 is the North Side (Adam's side).  If anyone thinks that's not right, please let me know.

2) I don't think the GA tickets are assigned a side until you get there.  (The confirmation from Ticketmaster just says "GA".)  Can GA ticket holders request a side when checking in, or are they just stuck with whatever is assigned to them?

3) It's good to hear that RZ'ers can go into the GA area, but can you move from one GA side to the other (South to North or vice versa)?  I remember reading in a different post that you could, but I wanted to hear from someone who was at a show, if possible.

 

Thanks in advance.  Can't wait for tonight . . .

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1)  Yes, according to info from shows so far.

2)  Also yes, " " ".  BUT--apparently once you're in, it is possible to change sides at a point behind the b-stage.  Apparently, you have to wait until someone from the other side also wants to switch; then, security will let people switch sides (to keep the sides balanced).

3)  See answer to #2.  The general impression is that changing sides is possible, but not a snap--likely something you don't want to try more than once.

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I was at both Phoenix shows, and yes, you can move to the other side of GA (north to south or vice versa) once you are down on the floor.

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was in RZ1 last night for LA.  the show was great, the layout of the stage was terrible for RZ (in my opinon).

 

when we were escorted into the RZ at 6:30, they told everyone in line to walk but everyone started running and no one could stop the people that showed up 5 minutes before. 

still managed to get on the rail.

 

biggest gripe: when the band moved to the "e" stage, I felt like I was in the back corner of the arena.  couldnt see the band over everyone inbetween, totally took the excitement out of the show for me.  Other RZ'ers around me said the same thing.  felt like Bono was their about 40% of the show.  I was very upset after the show that I paid $700 plus the fanclub for two RZ tickets and didnt really feel like I goy my moneys worth..  will be going back on sunday possibly with either nosebleed seats or regular GA and planning to hang out around the "e" stage as it seemed like thats where the action was.

 

overall great setlist and performance tho!

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Dugadams--no, as it turns out, the RZ is along the outer portions of the main stage (!), with some "arms" going further back to the sides (not the central catwalk).

 

So yeah, RZ-ers:  How many people are in these doggone things?  (per side).

Also, how far in on the main stage do the RZs go?  From some picks, looks like maybe 1/3 of the way to the center?

Finally, for people who got on the main stage rail, how long were you in the RZ line?

We got in line yesterday with GA tix about 3p and got wristband #366.  Let us into arena about 6:30pish.  Rail was mostly gone already...maybe from red zoners and vips perhaps?  Anyhow we got one of the last open spots middle of catwalk on south side.  South side has a camera track on the inside that leaves you a bit further out of arms reach from the stage.  We got plenty of play from the band members although they seemed to favor the north side and anybody they pulled up on stage or shook hands with it was from the north.  

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Here's what I want to know (and i know it's found throughout these 8 pages... but maybe if someone could collate with their experience, it might make it easier... (and crossposted to at u2 tour forum)

 

1. What time did you arrive to the arena?

2. Where did you end up positioned?

3. How many people on your Red Zone side?

4. Were you able to leave and go in to GA and come back to Red Zone?

5. Were you able to choose your side?

6. Any other tips?

 

 

I'll answer my own question (for the benefit of others - from 5/27 Red Zone at the LA Forum)

 

1. 6pm

2. end of front stage rail

3. approx 100 - 150

4. yes

5. no

6. Not tips just observations... bathrooms are very close (accessible to all GA), bar inside Red Zone, Process was very easy for entry into the LA Forum. (walk to the Chase/Forum Club entrance, closest to Kareen Street, hand the RZ girls your ID, they put 2 wristbands - 1 for GA and 1 for RZ on your left wrist - and an envelope with a raffle ticket, commemorative tickets and head inside.)

 

VERY nice experience... will definitely be doing Red Zone if given the opportunity again. You can see the Periscopes I shot (and my viewing angle) on my Twitter timeline @ThoseThingsILov

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Here's what I want to know (and i know it's found throughout these 8 pages... but maybe if someone could collate with their experience, it might make it easier... (and crossposted to at u2 tour forum)

 

1. What time did you arrive to the arena?

2. Where did you end up positioned?

3. How many people on your Red Zone side?

4. Were you able to leave and go in to GA and come back to Red Zone?

5. Were you able to choose your side?

6. Any other tips?

 

 

I'll answer my own question (for the benefit of others - from 5/27 Red Zone at the LA Forum)

 

1. 6pm

2. end of front stage rail

3. approx 100 - 150

4. yes

5. no

6. Not tips just observations... bathrooms are very close (accessible to all GA), bar inside Red Zone, Process was very easy for entry into the LA Forum. (walk to the Chase/Forum Club entrance, closest to Kareen Street, hand the RZ girls your ID, they put 2 wristbands - 1 for GA and 1 for RZ on your left wrist - and an envelope with a raffle ticket, commemorative tickets and head inside.)

 

VERY nice experience... will definitely be doing Red Zone if given the opportunity again. You can see the Periscopes I shot (and my viewing angle) on my Twitter timeline @ThoseThingsILov

 

Thanks for the information.  Had GA for LA1 and have Red Zone for LA4 - you've reassured me about the upcoming show.  It sounds like they are letting Red Zone in before GA at the Forum?  (I am thinking about taking my 9-year old daughter and just hanging out in the less crowded areas of the Red Zone - but if I feel like I am likely to get a great rail spot then I'll bring the husband instead). 

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Here's what I want to know (and i know it's found throughout these 8 pages... but maybe if someone could collate with their experience, it might make it easier... (and crossposted to at u2 tour forum)

 

1. What time did you arrive to the arena?

2. Where did you end up positioned?

3. How many people on your Red Zone side?

4. Were you able to leave and go in to GA and come back to Red Zone?

5. Were you able to choose your side?

6. Any other tips?

 

 

I'll answer my own question (for the benefit of others - from 5/27 Red Zone at the LA Forum)

 

1. 6pm

2. end of front stage rail

3. approx 100 - 150

4. yes

5. no

6. Not tips just observations... bathrooms are very close (accessible to all GA), bar inside Red Zone, Process was very easy for entry into the LA Forum. (walk to the Chase/Forum Club entrance, closest to Kareen Street, hand the RZ girls your ID, they put 2 wristbands - 1 for GA and 1 for RZ on your left wrist - and an envelope with a raffle ticket, commemorative tickets and head inside.)

 

VERY nice experience... will definitely be doing Red Zone if given the opportunity again. You can see the Periscopes I shot (and my viewing angle) on my Twitter timeline @ThoseThingsILov

 

Thanks for the information.  Had GA for LA1 and have Red Zone for LA4 - you've reassured me about the upcoming show.  It sounds like they are letting Red Zone in before GA at the Forum?  (I am thinking about taking my 9-year old daughter and just hanging out in the less crowded areas of the Red Zone - but if I feel like I am likely to get a great rail spot then I'll bring the husband instead). 

 

I believe we left our car right before 6 and got to the RZ table at no later than 6:05. After getting our tickets/wristbands we walked right in (so I'm thinking 6:10) and GA was already inside lined up along the entirety of the rail on both the north and south side.

 

The apex of RZ "L" that was closest to the center of the stage was already 3 deep from the rail when we arrived. At 6:30 they drew names for the backstage tour, and by that time we had already visited the bathroom and gotten drinks.

 

Even at the rail where we were positioned (at the far right of the stage), there was breathing room.

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was in RZ1 last night for LA.  the show was great, the layout of the stage was terrible for RZ (in my opinon).

 

when we were escorted into the RZ at 6:30, they told everyone in line to walk but everyone started running and no one could stop the people that showed up 5 minutes before. 

still managed to get on the rail.

 

biggest gripe: when the band moved to the "e" stage, I felt like I was in the back corner of the arena.  couldnt see the band over everyone inbetween, totally took the excitement out of the show for me.  Other RZ'ers around me said the same thing.  felt like Bono was their about 40% of the show.  I was very upset after the show that I paid $700 plus the fanclub for two RZ tickets and didnt really feel like I goy my moneys worth..  will be going back on sunday possibly with either nosebleed seats or regular GA and planning to hang out around the "e" stage as it seemed like thats where the action was.

 

 

This worries me :huh:

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I had Red Zone tickets for Phoenix 1 & 2. I love the GA experience, but am not always capable of sitting in the sun all day and standing for hours on end. I liked the looks of the Red Zone on the 360 tour and took the plunge this time.

 

The check-in process was clearly explained in an email and easy to manage. Kudos to Emma, the Red Zone handler, for being efficient, friendly, and upbeat. I was disappointed that the floor layout was quite different from the map shown at the time of purchase but I think that was to try to allow a view of the screen.

 

The biggest disappointment was that not everything promised was delivered. There were no instructions to access the VIP entrance or a Red Zone refreshment stand. Most of us were unaware the backstage tour happened (I read about it here).

 

The main issue was the venue staff's lack of knowledge for the first Phoenix show on May 22. When asked, most of them did not know the difference between Red Zone and GA nor which doors allowed access to which. This meant for the first show, the Red Zone and GA were given access to the floor at the same time. Great for the GA folks who worked hard for that, but bad for the Red Zone who paid for a better experience.  That improved the second night, must to the annoyance of the GA ticket holders.

 

So really, the main benefit to the Red Zone ticket was not having to wait in line all day and deal with the wristband and entrance process. And of course, the knowledge you're donating to a worthy cause. But now I wish I knew how much of the ticket cost goes to Red.

 

For the second Phoenix show the venue staff was much better prepared than the first. The Red Zone guests were escorted together to the entrance doors then allowed access to the floor just moments before the GA guests were let in. This gave the RZ guests first crack at the prime spots on the rail and a good number of us took advantage of that rather than stay in the designated zone.

 

I've always wanted to be that close to the stage and it was everything I had hoped for. If it's something you've always wanted to do, but you don't have the stamina to camp out over night and all day to be first in line, the Red Zone is worth it. But depending on the when the venue allows access, it's a gamble if it will pay off or not. If you buy Red Zone, do it for the chance to be on the floor and donate to a good cause, but don't do it expecting easy access to a prime spot. We were extremely lucky to have that happen at this show.

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The Red Zone guests were escorted together to the entrance doors then allowed access to the floor just moments before the GA guests were let in. This gave the RZ guests first crack at the prime spots on the rail and a good number of us took advantage of that rather than stay in the designated zone.

 

Ha! They should do that at every show... ;-)

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