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Dear Representative Weiner,
I was notified yesterday that the U2 concert at Giants Stadium, scheduled for Friday 9/25/09, has been rescheduled to Wednesday 9/23/09 due to a scheduling conflict with the NY Jets to accommodate for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Sunday September 27. As a result, the Jets' game time was changed from 4:30pm to 1pm and because of these 3 hours, the stage crews for the U2 show would not be able to tear down the stage in time for the new game time. I have subsequently received a response from the NJSEA and was told that the NFL has final say on all scheduling. I also found out through press releases that you had personally written a letter in April to the NFL requesting this change. I now ask you to consider those U2 fans who are impacted by this change and please do what you can to urge the NFL to move to the originally scheduled time.
I have a number of grievances with this schedule change and in particular, the reasons cited in the announcement. Firstly, the religious aspect cited for the NY Jets to move a football game is absolutely absurd as it sets a misguided precedent. For example, in moving this schedule for Yom Kippur, it gives the appearance of favoritism for the Jewish faith. After all, the NFL does schedule games on Christmas Day. If sports teams throughout the country were to adopt this type of scheduling policy, there would be no sports on Friday nights after sundown and Sunday football should cease to exist to respect of the Christian faith. While it is certainly gracious of the Jets to accommodate their schedule for their Jewish fans that wish to celebrate Yom Kippur, it is unnecessary. One's religion should take priority over sports; if it doesn't, then I suppose those fans that choose sports over their religion would buy tickets to a Jets game regardless of when it's scheduled. I have seen many comments from the Jewish community that state they would have watched the game anyway, regardless of the time.
Secondly, I am one of a very large group of individuals who are from out of town and who purchased U2 tickets for this specific show so we could stay the weekend in the New York area. You can imagine that since New York is a very popular destination for concert goers and given the original Friday date, a large amount of people were coming from out of town. As with so many others, I bought plane tickets, arranged accommodation and importantly, didn't have to take time off work to see the show. With this change, a large percentage of people will be significantly out of pocket for their arrangements and will likely not be able to attend the Wednesday concert without change fees or having to arrange time off in the middle of the week. Many will just not be able to attend at all. The arrangement as it now stands will be the net detractor for the district's revenues.
Thirdly, as I understand it, the Jet's game change to 1pm was actually done in April, so it is unacceptable that the notification of the concert move is coming now and not back in April when so many people from out of town could have made alternative arrangement. This last minute notification impacts those travelling because of very poor judgment and scheduling incompetence. Whereas, NY Jets fans can easily reschedule their timing since most of the fans would be local. Plus, Yom Kippur has been on the calendar for sometime, it's not like this was a surprise, but now the NFL, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and concert promoters are passing the buck onto the consumer, when this is absolutely their responsibility.
Finally, how does a three hour time change necessitate moving the concert up two days? The tour has been going on for sometime now and once would expect that the time to tear down the stage has improved significantly. Even in the case where that is not possible, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, NY Jets, U2 and concert promoters should put together a plan that provides additional manpower or extra shifts in order to make up the 3 hour difference instead of putting people out. Alternatively, they should work out a scenario that removes the opening act or even more the concert up only 3 hours. I am sure most of the people attending would be more than likely to leave work a little early to catch the concert.
The way this stiuation has been explained to fans as well as the timing of the announcement, particularly given all the variables known by the various organizations well in advance of this announcement, are totally unacceptable!!! I, along with a very large amount of other people, will lose a lot of money and be inconvenienced and this is is extremely unprofessional and unthoughtful.
Please consider the plight of so many people impacted and do what you can to urge the NFL to reconsider the schedule.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
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Dear Representative Weiner,
I was notified yesterday that the U2 concert at Giants Stadium, scheduled for Friday 9/25/09, has been rescheduled to Wednesday 9/23/09 due to a scheduling conflict with the NY Jets to accommodate for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown on Sunday September 27. As a result, the Jets' game time was changed from 4:30pm to 1pm and because of these 3 hours, the stage crews for the U2 show would not be able to tear down the stage in time for the new game time. I have subsequently received a response from the NJSEA and was told that the NFL has final say on all scheduling. I also found out through press releases that you had personally written a letter in April to the NFL requesting this change. I now ask you to consider those U2 fans who are impacted by this change and please do what you can to urge the NFL to move to the originally scheduled time.
I have a number of grievances with this schedule change and in particular, the reasons cited in the announcement. Firstly, the religious aspect cited for the NY Jets to move a football game is absolutely absurd as it sets a misguided precedent. For example, in moving this schedule for Yom Kippur, it gives the appearance of favoritism for the Jewish faith. After all, the NFL does schedule games on Christmas Day. If sports teams throughout the country were to adopt this type of scheduling policy, there would be no sports on Friday nights after sundown and Sunday football should cease to exist to respect of the Christian faith. While it is certainly gracious of the Jets to accommodate their schedule for their Jewish fans that wish to celebrate Yom Kippur, it is unnecessary. One's religion should take priority over sports; if it doesn't, then I suppose those fans that choose sports over their religion would buy tickets to a Jets game regardless of when it's scheduled. I have seen many comments from the Jewish community that state they would have watched the game anyway, regardless of the time.
Secondly, I am one of a very large group of individuals who are from out of town and who purchased U2 tickets for this specific show so we could stay the weekend in the New York area. You can imagine that since New York is a very popular destination for concert goers and given the original Friday date, a large amount of people were coming from out of town. As with so many others, I bought plane tickets, arranged accommodation and importantly, didn't have to take time off work to see the show. With this change, a large percentage of people will be significantly out of pocket for their arrangements and will likely not be able to attend the Wednesday concert without change fees or having to arrange time off in the middle of the week. Many will just not be able to attend at all. The arrangement as it now stands will be the net detractor for the district's revenues.
Thirdly, as I understand it, the Jet's game change to 1pm was actually done in April, so it is unacceptable that the notification of the concert move is coming now and not back in April when so many people from out of town could have made alternative arrangement. This last minute notification impacts those travelling because of very poor judgment and scheduling incompetence. Whereas, NY Jets fans can easily reschedule their timing since most of the fans would be local. Plus, Yom Kippur has been on the calendar for sometime, it's not like this was a surprise, but now the NFL, New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority and concert promoters are passing the buck onto the consumer, when this is absolutely their responsibility.
Finally, how does a three hour time change necessitate moving the concert up two days? The tour has been going on for sometime now and once would expect that the time to tear down the stage has improved significantly. Even in the case where that is not possible, the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, NY Jets, U2 and concert promoters should put together a plan that provides additional manpower or extra shifts in order to make up the 3 hour difference instead of putting people out. Alternatively, they should work out a scenario that removes the opening act or even more the concert up only 3 hours. I am sure most of the people attending would be more than likely to leave work a little early to catch the concert.
The way this stiuation has been explained to fans as well as the timing of the announcement, particularly given all the variables known by the various organizations well in advance of this announcement, are totally unacceptable!!! I, along with a very large amount of other people, will lose a lot of money and be inconvenienced and this is is extremely unprofessional and unthoughtful.
Please consider the plight of so many people impacted and do what you can to urge the NFL to reconsider the schedule.
Thank you.
Sincerely,
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for quite some time now i have been a firm believer that the two worst things in the world are organized religion and professional sports, respectively.i'll just add this to the ever growing list of things that prove my theory correct. relax. i'm only like 89% serious. :)

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Here was the full reply from the NJSEA.

 

Dear XXX:

 

We deeply understand your frustration. I have included the ticket refund information and the statement from the NJSEA and the New York Jets that was inthe Live Nation announcement below followed by their full announcement. Unfortunately there were only two alternatives; to cancel the concert or move it toanother evening as the National Football League has the final word on the times of their games and all otherevents by contract must be scheduled around them. Moving the concert allowed at least the majority of the fans to still attend.

 

"We regret any disruptions this may cause U2 fans." said Dennis Robinson, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authorityand Thad Sheely, Executive Vice President - Stadium Development and Finance of the New York Jets. "Out of respect for the religious holiday it wascritical that the game time was changed. The NJSEA, along with the Jets, want to thank U2, their management staff, their fans and Live Nation for theirimmediate response in helping us remedy this situation."

 

Again we truly regret any inconvenience this has caused. If you need information regarding a refund you can call our box office at 201-935-3900.

 

 

John Samerjan

NJSEA

 

 

 

Original tickets for Friday, September 25 will be honored for the new date Wednesday, September 23.

 

If required, U2 fans who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster may obtain a refund by following the instructions below for your applicable deliverymethod.

 

If you have paperless tickets, ticketFast delivery, or your tickets were being held at the box office Will Call Window, you may obtain a refund bycontacting Ticketmaster Customer Service no later than September 22, 2009 by 3:00PM ES/DT @ http://www.ticketmaster.com/h/asktm.html

 

Please provide your order number, name, and the last 4 digits of the credit card used to purchase your tickets

 

If your tickets were mailed via UPS or regular mail, you may mail your tickets to:

Ticketmaster

Attention Customer Service

U2 360 Tour (NY1) Refund

1000 Corporate Landing

Charleston, WV 25311

 

Please make a copy of the tickets for your own records before returning the physical tickets in the mail. Include the name & address on the account,your Ticketmaster order number, and a daytime telephone number in case we need to reach you. Your tickets must be received in our office no later thanSeptember 15, 2009 by 3:00PM ES/DT. Ticketmaster is not responsible for tickets that are lost, stolen, or never received in our office. Please note, the $4.00per order processing fee, any ticketFast, or UPS delivery charges and in-store pick up charges are non-refundable. If you have any questions, please contact usonline at:

 

If you have any questions, please contact us online at:

http://www.ticketmaster.com/h/asktm.html

 

If you purchased tickets at the IZOD Center Box Office refunds are available Monday-Friday 11am-6pm no later than September 22, 2009 by 6:00PMES/DT.

 

Tickets NOT purchased through our official ticketing company, Ticketmaster, or through the venue must obtain refunds from the third party (example:StubHub, Craigslist, Ebay or other source) where the tickets were purchased.

 

 

 

U2 360° TOUR

 

SCHEDULING CHANGE ANNOUNCED FOR GIANTS STADIUM PERFORMANCE

 

 

DATE - Thursday, August 27th - 9am - For Immediate Release:

 

The U2 concert previously scheduled for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 25th, 2009 at Giants Stadium in New Jersey has been moved to WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23RD, 2009.The performance on Thursday, September 24th will proceed as scheduled. The change was necessitated by the rescheduling of the New York Jets football game onSunday September 27, 2009 from 4:15pm to 1pm out of respect for the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts that evening. Yom Kippur is the holiest day ofthe Jewish year.

 

The spectacular staging installation for the U2 360° tour requires two full days to disassemble. The original 4:15 PM game time scheduled by the NY Jetsprovided enough time for the band to load out the set. The change to 1 PM was logistically impossible for U2. In order to accommodate the New York Jets, theNFL and the state of New Jersey, which owns the stadium, and out of respect for U2 and Jets' fans of Jewish faith, U2 agreed to move their show rather thanpursue other options.

 

"We regret any disruptions this may cause U2 fans." said Dennis Robinson, President and CEO of the New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authorityand Thad Sheely, Executive Vice President - Stadium Development and Finance of the New York Jets. "Out of respect for the religious holiday it wascritical that the game time was changed. The NJSEA, along with the Jets, want to thank U2, their management staff, their fans and Live Nation for theirimmediate response in helping us remedy this situation."

 

 

"The show is incredible, but physically it takes time to load in and out" said Arthur Fogel, U2 360° Tour Promoter and CEO Global Touring andChairman - Global Music Live Nation. "We tried everything we could to rearrange our production logistics to ensure we were out of the stadium for theearlier game time but unfortunately, it was impossible. We want to thank our incredible fans for their never-ending support."

 

Tickets for the Friday, September 25th performance will be honored at the newly announced show date of Wednesday, September 23rd. Refunds, if necessary,will be available starting Friday, August 27th (through September 22nd) at point of purchase for U2 ticket holders of the September 25, 2009 show who cannotmake the September 23rd date.

 

The U2 360° Tour scheduled for Thursday, September 24th is not affected and will proceed as scheduled.

 

For complete tour and ticket information, visit: www.U2.com

 

 

Live Nation Communications:

John Vlautin - 310-867-7127

johnvlautin@livenation.com

 

U2 North American publicity:

Lori Earl

Code Blue

codebluemediapr@gmail.com

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PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE email the powers that be and voice your displeasure. cut & paste the letter hans posted if you don't share his gift for syntax.lord knows i don't. for the the record this has nothing to do with yom kipour, it has to do with the extreme measures taken in order solve quite a simpleproblem. ummm, i'll stop posting now.

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after all this rescheduling change dates etc, aer lingus announce loss of revenue job losses redundency profits down moving air line out of ireland strikesbeing talked about..........my flight to ny is 10.30 23rd and you know what as only aer lingus know best strike!! Im thinking ahead plan b.......go on the beerin dublin ,theres no one dead so ny maybe next time,after all what can i do? I mean no one held a gun to my head..................pimp.gif

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You know it's kinda funny...U2 have always been activists. Support Tutu, support AFW, support Aung San Suu Kyi. Who is there now to support the fans inthis endeavor?

Sounds like it's time for a letter by Larry. Hope it doesn't end like the last one did.

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