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If you're planning on getting a good parking spot for U2's Sunday night show at the Rose Bowl, too bad for you. The deadline for guaranteeing a space in the Bowl parking lot was yesterday morning. Don't fret, though. If you live in the LA area, you can start walking now and pretty much be guaranteed to get there by Sunday.
Too lazy to walk? LiveNation U2 and the Rose Bowl have released some very useful information re: parking, and you should read it now lest you experience a very ... wait for it ... Sunday bloody Sunday.
The Rose Bowl is preparing to host the biggest concert in stadium history on Sunday, October 25th when U2 comes to Southern California. Nearly 100,000 fans are expected to converge onto the Rose Bowl.
Stadium and police officials are treating this event similarly to other great events in the venue's history, including Rose Bowl Games, Super Bowls, World Cups & Olympics. Therefore, it is imperative that fans take note of the following:
Heavy traffic, congested streets and limited parking are anticipated around the stadium for this event. The Rose Bowl and Pasadena Police Department encourage fans to arrive at the venue prior to 4 p.m. to help avoid traffic delays. Attendees who come out early can also enjoy the comfortable setting of the Rose Bowl grounds, either by bringing a picnic lunch to enjoy with friends or by participating in "Picnic in the Park" festivities. Admission to "Picnic in the Park" is free. For more information, go to: http://www.rosebowlstadium.com/Rosebowl_picnic-in-the-park.htm.
Parking will sell out at the stadium and if fans want to guarantee on-site parking, they must purchase it in advance. Parking passes are available online now at www.rosebowlstadium.com. The deadline to purchase parking online is tomorrow - Tuesday, October 20th-- at 10 AM. Starting today,passes are also available for purchase at the Rose Bowl, UCLA, Cal State Northridge and Anaheim Convention Center Box offices (event attendees should contact each location directly for their box office business hours).
We also strongly recommend that fans take advantage of shuttle buses originating from nearby Old Pasadena (at Parsons Engineering, 100 W. Walnut Ave, Pasadena) or Pasadena City College (1570 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena). On-site parking at the venue is extremely limited and all spots will be used. These Park & Ride shuttle lots are a very convenient alternative. The buses will run on private roads directly in and out of the venue, minimizing the time spent getting to the show. Lots open and buses start running at 12 noon. They will operate throughout the show and then following the event as well. Shuttle bus tickets are $5 ea.
Carpooling is crucial as well. The small difference between four versus three people riding per car results in 8,000 fewer vehicles on the road, greatly streamlining traffic and parking. Plus, carpooling offers attendees a lower-cost option. U2 fans interested in ride sharing are encouraged to use a carpool site such as PickupPal.com which is free to join and to use. On this website members can post routes as passengers and/or drivers. For complete details, visit: http://u2.pickuppal.com
Public transportation is a great alternative for getting to the show. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has announced that the Metro Rail Gold Line, Red Line, Blue Line and Green Line will have extended evening hours. Fans wishing to use Metro Rail should take the Gold Line to Memorial Park Station (on the corner of Holly and Raymond-- two blocks from the Parsons Engineering shuttle lot).
Metro Rail trains will run according to Sunday schedules throughout the day, into the evening and following the concert. After the concert, trains will run a minimum of every 20 minutes, or as often as needed to accommodate passenger loads.
Last trains will depart:
Metro Gold Line
North to Sierra Madre Villa will leave Memorial Park at 1:15 a.m.
South to Union Station will leave Memorial Park at 1:27 a.m. (Arrives Union Station 1:49 a.m. - Red Line transfer.)
Metro Red Line
West to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:57 a.m. (Arrives 7th St./Metro Center 2:02 a.m. - Blue Line transfer.) (Arrives 2:06 a.m. Wilshire/Vermont - Wilshire Blvd. Line 20 corridor bus transfer.)
Metro Blue Line
South to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Center at 2:05 a.m. (Arrives Imperial/Wilmington at 2:30 a.m. - Green Line transfer.)
Metro Green Line
East to Norwalk will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:37 a.m.
West to Redondo Beach will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:41 a.m.
All multiple line passengers should purchase a $5 day pass at their originating station. This will eliminate the need to purchase additional fares at each transfer point throughout the evening and early morning. For more details on getting to the concert via Metro go to the Trip Planner at www.metro.net or call (800) COMMUTE.