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Young fans could be turned away from One Direction gig

The 1D concert is different to anything the Stadium of Light has staged before. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

The Stadium of Light has warned parents of young One Direction fans they could be turned away from the band's gig in Sunderland next month because of strict age limits.

  • Under-12s must have seats and will not be allowed in if they have a standing ticket
  • Under-16s must be with an adult - at least one per group of seven
  • Over-16s may be asked for ID, particularly if they look younger than they are

Sunderland AFC, which plays at the venue, said the restrictions are to keep people safe.

Tickets for the concert on 28th May sold out in minutes and organisers are concerned fans might not have checked the terms and conditions carefully. The Sunderland gig is the first date of the band's Where We Are stadium tour.

"The age restrictions are laid down by the promoter to ensure the safety of everyone attending the show, which is a very different dynamic to anything we have staged at the Stadium of Light previously.

"The GA (general admission) pitch standing area is not a suitable environment for under 12s and anyone who doesn't meet the age requirements will not be allowed to enter the stadium.

"We would advise fans to check their tickets carefully in advance to avoid any issues on the day."

– Paul Weir, Head of Safety and Security

If you have found a problem with your ticket, the advice is to contact your booking agent.