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this is so obvious .....

 

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Very good! Now I am convinced!

 

Agreed!

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Credit to whoever originally came up with this as it's a neat idea, but I can't see it happening in reality - they're not going to want to give up that much additional floor area when it could be filled with people paying to be there and it would mean transporting extra staging and barricades so higher costs. All for no benefit as an arena isn't so wide that there's much to be gained by extending the b stage to the sides of the floor.

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Yeah, I think Andy's got it right.  Plus, the RZs are tiny--no way they'd be rattling around in that much space (plus, how would they be able to get in and out?)

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Credit to whoever originally came up with this as it's a neat idea, but I can't see it happening in reality - they're not going to want to give up that much additional floor area when it could be filled with people paying to be there and it would mean transporting extra staging and barricades so higher costs. All for no benefit as an arena isn't so wide that there's much to be gained by extending the b stage to the sides of the floor.

The concept is merely a schematic and likely not to actual scale. Barricades are cheap relative to everything else.

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I don't think Amsterdam is wrong at all. We just don't know how it will be put to use. Amsterdam does not have the round "Stage B" that is show in San Jose. All other stages seem to end in a rectangular shape. 

 

Guess we'll all find out soon enough. 

The Platinum tickets for Amsterdam are in blocks 104 & 105, i.e.at the opposite end of the arena from the 'permanent' stage.  It seems very unlikely that Platinum seats would be at the opposite end of the arena from the 'main' stage.

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Interesting idea.  So I just checked the platinum seats still available (many have already been sold) at 4-5 venues, and a clear pattern emerges.  Namely, some platinum seats are closer to to where I've suggested the main stage is, while others are closer to the RZs/b-stage.  Tellingly, the ones closer to the main stage are more expensive (in every case I've checked) than the ones closer to the RZs/b-stage.   For example, for Madison Square Garden #3 (Weds. July 22), platinum seats in 108 (closer to the main stage, farther from the RZs/b-stage) are $675, while seats in 103 (on the end by the RZs/b-stage) are $450.  For Amsterdam, then, it looks like the only platinum seats left are the (relatively!) less expensive ones closer to the RZs/b-stage.

 

Overall, then, the platinum ticket data seems to support the idea that the main stage is on the other end from the RZs/b-stage.

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As usual U2 has a different take on how they intend to use the venues:

 

 

Runway with square stage (drum kit and guitars) at the venue's usual stage end.

 

 

Large circular B stage at the other end connected with runway the length of the venue splitting the GA into two sides.

 

 

Red Zone on the runway at the circular stage - facing the Square stage.

 

 

But here's the twist:

 

 

Suspended above and along the runway is a double sided flat screen which is best viewed from the side seating.

 

 

That is why the cheap seats are at the two conventional ends of the venue as these will have restricted views of the main screens. (or none at all)

 

 

By making the best view from the side seats they are able to offer greater numbers of "Best" seats.

 

 

Took a bit of ferreting out to fathom that one - The San Jose plan offered unlocked that.

 

 

The reseller sites have been more helpful making it clear seating behind the square stage will have restricted views.

 

 

Good luck in todays sales those still looking.

 

 

Martin

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I think Martin's basically got it, except I don't think the RZs are "facing" anywhere.  They're right up against the b-stage; presumably, in the RZ, you can face anyway you like, no?

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I think Martin's basically got it, except I don't think the RZs are "facing" anywhere.  They're right up against the b-stage; presumably, in the RZ, you can face anyway you like, no?

I'd say this is the consensus view that's developed in this thread. I'm still not buying the I-e design, as well as the cost/capacity argument it would only work from one side of the arena, from the other side you'd basically get a-I

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Hi Andy--

 

Yeah.  Too bad it took so much sleuthing and cogitating to figure it out, for heaven's sake!

 

Mike

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