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Thanks all for the above tips.  One question: Is it worth entering early to try to get a spot on rail in RZ?  How early would that be and do folks line up in advance?

Or is the beauty of the RZ that you can come in fairly last minute and have an equally good view as long as you don't care about a rail to lean upon?

Also, are there separate bars or other facilities for RZ?  Other reasons to head in early and chill?

Thank you!

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from what ive been hearing, you can still get a great view if you enter while the opening act is on. but if you want a prime spot on the rail by the tree, you might have to get there before 3pm.  I plan on a 3pm arrival. 

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13 hours ago, nyru2 said:

from what ive been hearing, you can still get a great view if you enter while the opening act is on. but if you want a prime spot on the rail by the tree, you might have to get there before 3pm.  I plan on a 3pm arrival. 

Let us know how it works out!

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On 5/17/2017 at 0:36 AM, eveconversa said:

Blessed to have tickets to the Red Zone for upcoming 2017 Chicago Show.  Any advice on the best place to position ourselves (main stage or B stage)? 

I can not buy the ticket. The code does not appear, what should I do?

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This video from the local news station in Louisville has aerials of the empty stadium, after the stage and barricades have been set up -- might be useful for anyone trying to decide where to stand:

 

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I can't decide which is better between walkway/bottom of trunk (along the straight part of walkway) or up around the keyboard? Am aware there is a boom so don't want to be too close to that.

I am short so want to  pick the best  rail spot that will allow me to see!

 

 

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1 hour ago, vertigojds said:

This video from the local news station in Louisville has aerials of the empty stadium, after the stage and barricades have been set up -- might be useful for anyone trying to decide where to stand:

 

Awesome video. Thanks for posting that. I have RZ for San Diego and I am losing sleep at night thinking about my RZ approach.

Does anyone else think that back corner might actually be a good spot? I mean it's the furthest spot back in the RZ but hear me out:

1) Two rails in the corner to lean on and rest.

2) Ample room, people rushing the rail, no one in the back, lots of breathing room.

3) Sight lines still great. Perpindicular to the B-stage, far back enough to take in the enormity of the main stage.

4) You're still significantly closer to both stages compared with even front row seats anywhere else.

5) I could probably get this spot even as late as opening act.

6) Just a relaxing experience in the RZ, spend the day with friends and family instead of lining up hours beforehand for a rail.

7) RZ rail nowhere near as good as GA rail. If I had a shot at center B-stage of center main stage, I can see the appeal of standing in line. But it seems like the best rail spot here is literally behind the Edge's keyboard.

8) Edit: Seems like being a little further back means I won't have to deal quite as much with people standing in front of me. The stage is 9 feet high so being further back might help me, as I'm only 5'7".

9) Second edit: No one behind you other than the GA but there's a rail between you and them so no pushing or shoving.

I'm liking this idea more and more, no one take it from me!

Thoughts?

 

 

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I think that's actually a pretty reasonable idea.  You'll automatically have a better/closer spot than anyone in any seat - and the most expensive seats had a face value very close to what the Red Zone tickets cost.  So if you look at it that way, rather than as a super-duper GA pass, it's a better deal than expensive seats.

I'm about your height, and I've never had a problem with sightlines at these big outdoor shows.  Even if the person immediately in front of you is extremely tall, the beginning of the stage is still at a higher height than where their head ends.  You'd be looking up over their head one way or the other.

I think I'm going to try to get on the rail or close to the rail in the spot behind Edge's keyboard for the start of the show, and then adjust accordingly.  It'll be cool to be really close to them for those first three songs, but then they'll go to the main stage, and I think it may be more comfortable to move wherever people aren't.  It'll also depend on how full the Red Zone gets.  There doesn't seem to be a clear indication of how many tickets are sold for it each night, and at photos from some venues, it seems empty, and from other venues, it seems packed.  If it's packed, I probably won't try to move, but if it's on the emptier side, I might move around leisurely throughout the night.

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1 hour ago, Synj said:

Awesome video. Thanks for posting that. I have RZ for San Diego and I am losing sleep at night thinking about my RZ approach.

Does anyone else think that back corner might actually be a good spot? I mean it's the furthest spot back in the RZ but hear me out:

1) Two rails in the corner to lean on and rest.

2) Ample room, people rushing the rail, no one in the back, lots of breathing room.

3) Sight lines still great. Perpindicular to the B-stage, far back enough to take in the enormity of the main stage.

4) You're still significantly closer to both stages compared with even front row seats anywhere else.

5) I could probably get this spot even as late as opening act.

6) Just a relaxing experience in the RZ, spend the day with friends and family instead of lining up hours beforehand for a rail.

7) RZ rail nowhere near as good as GA rail. If I had a shot at center B-stage of center main stage, I can see the appeal of standing in line. But it seems like the best rail spot here is literally behind the Edge's keyboard.

8) Edit: Seems like being a little further back means I won't have to deal quite as much with people standing in front of me. The stage is 9 feet high so being further back might help me, as I'm only 5'7".

9) Second edit: No one behind you other than the GA but there's a rail between you and them so no pushing or shoving.

I'm liking this idea more and more, no one take it from me!

Thoughts?

 

 

Some reactions for you after having been in the RedZone in Louisville last night:

I arrived around 6 for a 6:30 scheduled opening act.  The rail was taken, but I was second row, middle of the tree immediately behind the people on the rail.  A few beers later I was a few rows further back!  (But still it was only 5-6 deep.)  I'm sure in bigger cities people may arrive earlier for the RedZone, but at least in some cities you can get very close without arriving way early. (It may have made a difference that it was a Friday night - maybe people arrive later on week nights than weekends?)

They don't pack the RedZone completely full.  The back of it is pretty open so people can come in and out easily.  Plus there's a bar back there for part of the night that takes up space. I suppose whether it's half full or 2/3 or 3/4 might vary from city to city, but I have to believe for safety reasons it's never going to be a can of sardines.  

While the main stage is very high, the B-stage is very low.  I'm guessing 5'.  So there's no concern about the angle no matter how close you are to the B-stage.

As someone said earlier in this thread, the boom is a mild annoyance.  But my memory is that it wasn't used until Exit and then for the encore.  It wasn't used at all for the opening four songs on the B-stage.

The dedicated bar closes before U2 takes the stage.  Get your drinks early!

The check-in process was excellent and better than on prior tours.  They gave each group a personal guide to escort them to the RedZone from the stadium entrance and to explain basic things (e.g. nearest restrooms, dedicated bar) on the way there.

Don't sweat it - it'll be great no matter where you end up.  And you can move around within the RedZone relatively easily.

 

 

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14 hours ago, mblicken said:

Some reactions for you after having been in the RedZone in Louisville last night:

I arrived around 6 for a 6:30 scheduled opening act.  The rail was taken, but I was second row, middle of the tree immediately behind the people on the rail.  A few beers later I was a few rows further back!  (But still it was only 5-6 deep.)  I'm sure in bigger cities people may arrive earlier for the RedZone, but at least in some cities you can get very close without arriving way early. (It may have made a difference that it was a Friday night - maybe people arrive later on week nights than weekends?)

They don't pack the RedZone completely full.  The back of it is pretty open so people can come in and out easily.  Plus there's a bar back there for part of the night that takes up space. I suppose whether it's half full or 2/3 or 3/4 might vary from city to city, but I have to believe for safety reasons it's never going to be a can of sardines.  

While the main stage is very high, the B-stage is very low.  I'm guessing 5'.  So there's no concern about the angle no matter how close you are to the B-stage.

As someone said earlier in this thread, the boom is a mild annoyance.  But my memory is that it wasn't used until Exit and then for the encore.  It wasn't used at all for the opening four songs on the B-stage.

The dedicated bar closes before U2 takes the stage.  Get your drinks early!

The check-in process was excellent and better than on prior tours.  They gave each group a personal guide to escort them to the RedZone from the stadium entrance and to explain basic things (e.g. nearest restrooms, dedicated bar) on the way there.

Don't sweat it - it'll be great no matter where you end up.  And you can move around within the RedZone relatively easily.

 

 

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That's awesome, thanks for the info!

September can't get here soon enough, but the anticipation is what makes life worth living.

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