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Old 05-27-2009, 09:49 AM
 
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I'm going to the Coldplay concert at VWA in August and the show starts at 7:30. Does anyone know how long before the show do the doors usually open (I have general admission), and what time should I get there to find parking and what not?
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Old 05-27-2009, 09:54 AM
 
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Last time I went they opened the lots at four.
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:12 AM
 
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BrianH1970: thanks for the quick reply, when they open the lots, can you go right to the seats or do you have to tailgate for a bit?
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Old 05-27-2009, 10:22 AM
 
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BrianH1970: thanks for the quick reply, when they open the lots, can you go right to the seats or do you have to tailgate for a bit?

I guess it depends on the showtime but it seemed to be around six when they started letting you to your seats.

Besides, tailgating isn't a "have to", it's a "you should".
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Old 05-27-2009, 12:40 PM
 
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So we tend to do tailgating for DMB & we show up around 5PM/6PM, drink, dance, listen to music until 7 then make our way inside. By the time we buy our beers and find our seats it is around 8PM and the openning band is finished. The headliner take take the stage around 830... HTH
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Old 05-27-2009, 08:03 PM
 
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What's the protocol for lawn seats? Do you sit before the show and stand throughout? Can you see anything? Do you need to get there early if you stand any chance of a good "seat"? Do people invade your "area"?

We bought some lawn seats this year and don't know how excited I am about going.
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Old 05-28-2009, 06:20 PM
 
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Yes usually sit before followed by standing throughout. You cannot see the stage but they do have monitors up where you can see what is being done on stage. It has been a while since I did Lawn seats and now they have some bleacher like things at the front of the Lawn so i do not think there are "good" lawn seats. It can get very crowded on the Lawn with people standing very close. Also be on the lookout for men and some women not bothering to walk to the bathrm to pee. If something wet is on the ground it may or may not be a spilled beer... yuck.
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Old 08-05-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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I, too, am going to the Coldplay show, and was wondering about the Lawn seats. Are they really that bad??
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:05 AM
 
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I, too, am going to the Coldplay show, and was wondering about the Lawn seats. Are they really that bad??
They are no super close, but are not that bad either. We went the other month to see No Doubt and, for the fist time, in the hundreds of shows I have seen over the years, I had lawn tix as opposed to seats right down in the pavilion at an outdoor show. This was also my first time at VZW since moving here. You can see the stage, but, yeah, you do have some distance. They have a couple of large screens as well, but for both No Doubt and for NIN (where we were right down front) these are generally only on for the headliner.

They designed the place right, the lawn slopes up and the roof of the pavilion is up fairly high so your view of the stage is not obstructed. I prefer to be as close as possible myself, and the stage does look a bit far away, but its not like you will be unable to see the band from the lawn.

The one downside is that, if it rains, the stage itself (and part of the pavilion seating) is covered, so the band may play but you will need to brave the elements to see them.
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Old 08-06-2009, 08:16 AM
 
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I was just at the Rascal Flatts concert last weekend with lawn seats. I was surprised how "close" the lawn seats are! We could see the stage and the singers and they also have large screens on the sides of the stage to help you see the action in detail.

Our concert was at 8:00 and doors opened at 6:00. We arrived at 6:00. No problem with parking (there are TONS of people tailgating- I'm guessing the people who have reserved seats). You can call VWA and ask about time of gates opening. We one of the first few people in line to get in, so we just walked up the stairs and down to almost the very front of the lawn seats- center stage. Concert was over close to 11, and we were out of the parking lot about 10 mins. later. Traffic was very organized in my opinion.

Try to get your parking spot as close to the end as possible- then you are one of the first cars out (but there are guys directing you where to park, so you may not have much choice). Some tips: You are allowed one factory sealed waterbottle per person. Water is $4 at VWA. You are also allowed one gallon size ziploc filled with snacks (but there is food for $$$ at VWA). We went early with subs, chips, cookies, etc in our ziploc and just had a mini picinic while we were waiting.
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