Bosses at the Stadium of Light say last night's One Direction concert generated around three million pounds for the local economy.
Sunderland’s Stadium of Light welcomed 52,000 spectators last night as One Direction began their UK tour on Wearside.
Fans of the X Factor band began queuing outside Sunderland's Stadium of Light before dawn for the first leg of their UK tour.
They are the biggest boy band in the world, they have a fan base spanning the globe.
Here is a list of their story so far:
- 61 album and single no.1’s worldwide
- ‘Take Me Home’, was no.1 in 37 counties
- ‘Up All Night’ became no.1 in 17 countries
- The only UK band to have their first 2 albums debut at 1 in US
- The first British band since The Beatles to have 2 no.1 albums in the same year in the US
- Winners of 2 Brit Awards in 2012 for ‘Best British Single’ and 2013 for ‘Global Success Award’
- Awarded 3 MTV VMA’s and 3 MTV EMA’s
- Received NRJ award for ‘Best International Group’
- Won 3 Billboard Music Awards for ‘Top Duo/Group’, ‘Top New Artist’, ‘Top Pop Artist’
- Two Sunday Times bestselling books
- A sold out 2013 UK Arena tour
- Over 18.5 million Facebook fans and 71 million combined followers on Twitter
– Tobyn Hughes, Deputy Director General of Nexus
“I’m pleased that the strike has been called off. Common sense has prevailed and a day of major disruption to thousands of our customers has been averted.
“Metro services will now operate as usual tomorrow and there will still be extra services for the One Direction concert in Sunderland.”
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has announced a planned strike tomorrow on the Tyne and Wear Metro has been called off.
The action was due to go ahead on the same day that Britain's biggest boyband, One Direction, was due to perform at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland.
The industrial action was over the sacking of a Metro worker, but has been called off after the RMT came to an agreement with management earlier today,
The details of the settlement have not been revealed.
The biggest boy band in the world is performing at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland tomorrow night. Police are reminding concert goers to plan ahead.
Officers are asking fans to make sure they have their 'keys, money, phone and plans to get home'. They're encouraging people to be sensible with alcohol too.
– Sunderland Chief Superintendent Kay Blyth
"Events like this are great for the region and I'm sure it's going to be a night that thousands of people will never forget.
"Make use of the wristbands and make sure you are familiar with the layout of the stadium and if you have any problems then speak to an officer or a security official.
"We want everyone, especially younger people, to look out for their friends to make sure everyone enjoys their evening and gets home safely."
1 day until @onedirection at sunderland I CANT EVEN COPE
Over 50,000 fans will pack the Stadium of Light in Sunderland on Wednesday for One Direction's show.
External courtyard areas will open after 2:30pm on the day, with the main stadium gates open from 5pm. One Direction’s support act, 5 Seconds of Summer, are set to take to the stage at 6:50pm, with the main act due on at 8:15pm.
- 2:30pm External courtyards open
- 4:30pm Hospitality entrances open
- 5pm Stadium gates open
- 6:50pm 5 Seconds of Summer on stage
- 8:15pm One Direction on stage
- 10pm Show ends
One Direction fans attending the show at the Stadium of Light will be using a colour coding system at the venue.
The stadium will be divided into RED, BLUE, GREEN and YELLOW. These designated zones are highlighted at the bottom of the concert tickets and the entry points around the stadium will be signposted on the day.
Sunderland City Council is issuing travel advice to fans of the boy band One Direction, who are playing at the Stadium of Light this week.
More than 50,000 people are due to attend the concert on Wednesday 28th May.
Nexus is advising that Metro trains will run to and from Sunderland on Wednesday, even if a planned strike by the RMT goes ahead that day.
Frequent services up to every 5 minutes will operate between Newcastle and Sunderland before and after the concert.
Concert-goers are asked to use St Peter's Station, the closest to the Stadium of Light.
Check for updates at www.nexus.org.uk
Roads around the stadium will be closed to traffic all day on Wednesday and there will be no vehicle pick up or drop off areas on or near the site.
Parents collecting youngsters after the show are advised to use the Park and Walk facilities, using city centre car parks and then meeting children at an official rendez-vous point within the Sheepfolds Industrial Estate, near St Peter's Station.
The City Council says this area will be well stewarded to ensure the safety of young fans.
A Park and Walk facility is being laid on at Sunderland Enterprise Park. People are being advised to allow 20-30 minutes to walk from the car park to the Stadium of Light.
A number of other car parks in the city will be open until 1am, including St Mary's, Sunniside and the Civic Centre.
- Metro services will start at the normal time but with a reduced frequency on all lines until 8:30am
- Allow extra time
- A 15 minute service will run on all lines from 8.30am until 4pm, compared to the normal 12-minute frequency
- From around 4pm there will be no Metro service between Regent Centre and Airport, Benton and St James and Pelaw to South Shields
- Frequent services up to every five minutes will run between Newcastle and Sunderland before and after the concert
- Go North East is providing additional bus services