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Mt Smart Stadium Gears Up For U2 360˚ Tour

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Mt Smart Stadium Gears Up For U2 360˚ Tour

Auckland's Mt Smart Stadium is ramping up its capacity for the U2 360˚ Tour later this year.

The Australasian leg of the already legendary U2 360˚ Tour begins in Auckland with their New Zealand concert on Thursday, 25 November 2010 following sell-out shows throughout Europe and the United States.

It has just been announced that JAY-Z will join U2 as the special guest for concert dates in Auckland and Australia. It will be the first time the top recording artist has performed in New Zealand. JAY-Z's most recent record, Blueprint 3, has been one of the biggest selling albums of 2010 and is his 11th chart topper.

Patrick Smith, of Mt Smart Stadium, is thrilled the Auckland venue has secured the Irish juggernaut, and with the news that JAY-Z is joining them at the stadium.

"This is going to be the hottest ticket this summer in New Zealand: the U2 360˚ Tour and JAY-Z, that's absolutely fantastic," says Mr Smith.

The stadium has already started to extend its capacity to approximately 60,000 for the concert with the erection of a temporary northern stand. A second temporary stand will also be constructed off the back of the existing south stand.

more "It's the much talked-about stage design for the U2 360˚ Tour that is revolutionising how concerts are presented," says Mr Smith. "Nicknamed 'The Claw', it's a massive custom-designed four-legged rig that allows 360-degree staging, with Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr playing to fans surrounding the structure. This means we can increase our capacity for the concert by putting in extra seating at each end of the ground."

The concert stage structure is the largest ever constructed, he adds, and its design also brings the performance closer to the audience. The sound system and a cylindrical video screen hovers above the performance area, 30 metres above the ground, and the rig's pylon takes it to just over 50 metres - higher than most stadium rooves.

"We believe it's Mt Smart Stadium's ability to hold a rig of this magnitude that helped clinch the U2 360˚ Tour for Auckland," says Mr Smith.

Free public bus and train transport to and from the venue will be available to all ticket holders.

The installation of 4,500 temporary seats will be completed by 27th August for the game against the Brisbane Broncos.

"We've got a busy time ahead of us," says Mr Smith, "and it made sense to us to put in the extra capacity we will need now so that Warriors fans can benefit as well."

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