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Posted by on Oct 27, 2010 in Entertainment, Featured, Music, South Africa, Voted | 0 comments

U2 Ticket Sales Set a New Record!

Click Here to Win with BlaBla - U2 360 Degree Concert DVDIt is confirmed… Sales figures achieved on Saturday for U2 exceeded more than 114,000 tickets, surpassing the 98,000tickets previously sold for Robbie Williams, Computicket’s previous ticket sales record, Computicket said in a statement yesterday. Big Concerts

This was the statement on the Big Concerts’ Facebook page yesterday. Now the question of just how many tickets are available for sale is one that has had us intrigued here at The BlaBla Blog. So let’s look at the options. We start with the small stadium: CAPE TOWN.

The design: The sweeping silhouette of the Cape Town stadium has forever changed the face of the surrounding Green Point Common.

Enwrapped by a façade of woven fibreglass, coated with Teflon, it will resemble a rose-coloured bowl floating on a base, when lit up at night. The architects have dubbed the stadium “the Diva of Cape Town”, reflecting the constantly changing moods of the city in varying weather conditions.

The stadium bowl: For the eight World Cup™ matches to be played at the venue, the stadium will have a seating capacity of 68,000, including 13,000 temporary seats which will be removed afterwards. Features of the stadium are that it can be evacuated in 15 minutes and that all the spectators are close to the game.

So lets say they fill all the seats. That’s 68 000. Then we’ll throw in about 15 000 standing tickets. That should make around 83 000 in total.

Now the big stadium: FNB/SOCCER CITY

88 530 spectator seats, with 195 suites. This is Africa’s biggest stadium.

  • Upper tier: 34 543
  • Upper suite: 3 636
  • Lower suites: 3 770
  • Upper embankment: 13 237 seats, which includes 128 paraplegic seats with 128 companion seats
  • Lower embankment: 33 344

The “official” seat totals differ from the record crowd at the South Africa vs. New Zealand game where a record attendance of  94 713 was recorded.

So let’s assume they have the same configuration for U2. Add 15 000 for the field and you have a potential 109 000 tickets. That would make it the biggest crowed on the U2 360 tour so far! The next biggest was at The Rose Bowl in Pasadena with 97  014.

In total South Africa has the potential to sell out 192 000 seats. That’s impressive I would say. I am sure the numbers will be released as soon as ALL TICKETS are SOLD OUT!

Here is a list of shows and seats sold so far on the tour.

City Venue # of shows / # of sellouts Tickets sold / Available (% sold) Gross Revenue
Barcelona Camp Nou 2 / 2 182,055 / 182,055 (100%) $19,825,497
Milan San Siro 2 / 2 153,806 / 153,806 (100%) $15,168,799
Paris Stade de France 2 / 2 186,544 / 186,544 (100%) $20,902,760
Nice Stade Charles Erhmann 1 / 1 55,641 / 55,641 (100%) $6,261,208
Berlin Olympic Stadium 1 / 1 88,265 / 88,265 (100%) $9,169,830
Amsterdam Amsterdam Arena 2 / 2 125,866 / 125,866 (100%) $12,583,998
Dublin Croke Park 3 / 3 243,198 / 243,198 (100%) $28,815,352
Gothenburg Ullevi Stadium 2 / 2 119,297 / 119,297 (100%) $11,047,995
Gelsenkirchen Veltins Arena 1 / 1 73,704 / 73,704 (100%) $7,292,826
Chorzow Stadion Slaski 1 / 1 75,180 / 75,180 (100%) $6,414,960
Zagreb Stadion Maksimir 2 / 2 124,102 / 124,102 (100%) $12,700,784
London Wembley Stadium 2 / 2 164,244 / 164,244 (100%) $20,680,860
Glasgow Hampden Park 1 / 1 50,917 / 50,917 (100%) $5,290,103
Sheffield Don Valley Stadium 1 / 1 49,955 / 49,955 (100%) $5,147,896
Cardiff Millennium Stadium 1 / 1 66,538 / 66,538 (100%) $7,041,576
Chicago Soldier Field 2 / 2 135,872 / 135,872 (100%) $13,860,480
Toronto Rogers Centre 2 / 2 115,411 / 115,411 (100%) $9,571,672
Foxborough Gillette Stadium 2 / 2 138,805 / 138,805 (100%) $12,859,778
East Rutherford Giants Stadium 2 / 2 161,810 / 161,810 (100%) $16,128,950
Landover FedEx Field 1 / 1 84,754 / 84,754 (100%) $6,718,315
Charlottesville Scott Stadium 1 / 1 52,433 / 52,433 (100%) $4,738,695
Raleigh Carter-Finley Stadium 1 / 1 55,027 / 55,027 (100%) $4,962,240
Atlanta Georgia Dome 1 / 1 61,419 / 61,419 (100%) $5,746,430
Tampa Raymond James Stadium 1 / 1 72,688 / 72,688 (100%) $6,399,375
Arlington Cowboys Stadium 1 / 1 70,766 / 70,766 (100%) $6,664,880
Houston Reliant Stadium 1 / 1 58,328 / 58,328 (100%) $5,985,101
Norman Oklahoma Memorial Stadium 1 / 1 50,951 / 50,951(100%) $4,395,085
Glendale University of Phoenix Stadium 1 / 1 50,775 / 50,775 (100%) $4,912,050
Las Vegas Sam Boyd Stadium 1 / 1 42,213 / 42,213(100%) $4,641,280
Pasadena Rose Bowl 1 / 1 97,014 / 97,014 (100%) $9,960,036
Vancouver BC Place Stadium 1 / 1 63,802 / 63,802 (100%) $5,748,919
TOTAL 44 / 44 3,071,290 / 3,071,290 (100%) $311,637,730

This places the 360° tour in sixth place currently in the ALL TIME HIGHEST GROSSING TOURS, and the tour ain’t even over yet! With the VERTIGO tour already in fourth spot and the POPMART tour in 14th, this surely makes U2 the greatest touring band in history!

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