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Mt Smart Gears Up For Biggest Concert Of The Year - U2

Crews are working 16-hour days at Mt Smart Stadium to get ready for the biggest concert of the year when the U2 360˚ Tour hits Auckland for two shows.

The largest temporary grandstand ever built in New Zealand has gone into the north end of the main arena, which will hold nearly 12,000 fans. At the southern end the installation of a second 10,000-seat temporary stand will be completed this weekend.

Much of this second temporary grandstand has been trucked up in a massive logistical operation from the World Rowing Championships that were held at Lake Karapiro earlier this month. A team of 40 men has been working long shifts to get the southern stand completed on time.

Because of the extent of the additional seating, the concert promoters have been able to make a final release of tickets at all levels from just $40.80, plus service charges, for the second and final show next Friday. Thursday night's concert is sold out.

Joining U2 as their special guest will be US rapper Jay-Z in his first ever performances in New Zealand. The Auckland concerts will be the only New Zealand appearances by U2 and kick off the Australasian leg of their already legendary 360˚ Tour. Sell-out shows throughout Europe and the United States made it the highest grossing tour of 2009.

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