Your Handy Dandy Guide to What You Need to Know about Friday’s One Direction Sun Bowl Concert
They are the five member British/Irish boy band that has captured the hearts of teens and tweens all over El Paso and the world, and this Friday night One Direction will perform at the Sun Bowl.
So can you take a homemade sign professing your love for Harry? What about a camera? Will overnight camping be allowed so you can be the first one in and Liam can see that you’re his biggest fan? Here is where you’ll find the answer to those questions and more, including what you can and can’t bring, where you’ll be allowed to park, and where parents who aren’t going to the show but don’t want to drive home and back can hang out.
• Posters or signs are allowed provided they are not larger than 22 inches by 28 inches, are not on sticks or poles, do not contain inappropriate content or language, and already have writing or drawings on them. They cannot be blank.
• Cameras that fit in the palm of your hand are allowed. No professional quality cameras defined as anything larger than 3 inches or with removable lenses will be permitted. Also not allowed are iPads/tablets, GoPro cameras, flying drone cameras, video/DVD cameras, tripods, or audio recording equipment. If they catch you with one, you’ll be asked to put it away or it will be confiscated.
• Bags, purses, and backpacks are allowed as long as they are not larger than 11 inches by 17 inches.
• Gifts for the band are highly discouraged. Please lleave your teddy bears and other objects of affection at home as throwing gifts onto the stage is a no-no. If you insist on bringing a gift and it’s discovered, you will not be allowed entry unless you leave it at the gate. All wrapped gifts must be unwrapped prior to leaving at the designated area at the gate.
•Other prohibited items include weapons, outside food and beverage, laser pointers, flashlights, air horns, beach balls or other inflatables, Frisbees, blankets, chairs, scooters, strollers, skateboards, and anything deemed dangerous by event management.
If you’re one of the many reluctant parents stuck with the chore of taking your daughter and/or her friends to the show and you have no desire to spend any amount of time in the Sun Bowl listening to a never ending cacophony of little girl shrieks, know that you’re not alone in your decision to skip the concert.
But if dumping and fleeing isn’t an option and you’d rather not drive back to pick them up, or hang out in your car in the parking lot, you are more than welcome to chill at the Parent Lounge that will be set up at Memorial Gym, located at the intersection of Oregon and Robinson, beginning at 4 p.m.
Although you won’t be able to numb your boredom with alcohol, as it is not permitted, concessions, merchandise, restrooms, and some form of entertainment – probably a movie -- will be provided.
Because the show is on a school day and because of safety concerns and weather, lining up to enter the Sun Bowl will not start until 4 p.m. And don’t even think of camping out the night before or the day of. They’ll run you off quicker than Las Palmas did tailgaters at its Lifecare Center parking lot.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. and the concert will begin promptly at 7 p.m. with opening act 5 Seconds of Summer, also known as 5SOS. Or 5 Sauce if you’re really cool.
Parking will be free at UTEP except for the Sun Metro Transit Terminal at Mesa and Glory Road. It’ll cost you $10 to park there. See map below for specifics.
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