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Old 10-23-2005, 07:07 PM   #1
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Anyone going to the Oakland shows (a few questions)?

I have never been to this venue before. What is the GA line procedure like - anything particular I need to know? At what specific place does the GA line start? Since the parking lot, supposedly, doesn't open until a couple of hours before the show, where is a good spot to park your car?
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Take BART.
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I have another question about Oakland and the venues in general. Do they typically release tickets (GA's) the day of the concert, and what time might this typically happen? Thanks.
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Park your car at a BART station then take the train over to the arena.
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I have another question about Oakland and the venues in general. Do they typically release tickets (GA's) the day of the concert, and what time might this typically happen? Thanks.
I think they do but the line at the box office starts early in the day (as it probably does at all the venues).

Re GA procedure, there really wasn't any during Elevation (besides what the fans did), the parking lot didn't open til late morning and they don't let you on the grounds until the lot opens (which means the "line" was made up of people in their cars jamming the entrance when I got there at about 11am or so). Also, once the venue doors opened, tons of people started cutting the line (staff paid no attention to the numbers fans had going nor did they hand out wrist bands). That was first show only, got there after they let everyone in for the second show so don't know if it had improved any.

Hopefully, they'll be better about it this time but likely not. I wish the shows were in San Jose again.
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Re GA procedure, there really wasn't any during Elevation (besides what the fans did), the parking lot didn't open til late morning and they don't let you on the grounds until the lot opens (which means the "line" was made up of people in their cars jamming the entrance when I got there at about 11am or so). Also, once the venue doors opened, tons of people started cutting the line (staff paid no attention to the numbers fans had going nor did they hand out wrist bands). That was first show only, got there after they let everyone in for the second show so don't know if it had improved any.

Hopefully, they'll be better about it this time but likely not. I wish the shows were in San Jose again.
Ugh. That does not sound good at all.
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I was in the GA line for both the San Jose and Oakland Elevation shows, and Oakland was a mess. My buddy and I got there pretty early, and were like, #120-121 in line (somebody worked very hard to organize a numbering system), but were literally the last two into the heart.

I just called down to the arena box office, and the receptionist said there was no system yet, and to try calling back next week. I suggested instituting a wristband system like San Jose's. Y'all are welcome to try as well - the phone number is (510) 569-2121, then press "0" for operator. I figure that the more people call in and suggest, the more they'll listen.
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I just called down to the arena box office, and the receptionist said there was no system yet, and to try calling back next week. I suggested instituting a wristband system like San Jose's. Y'all are welcome to try as well - the phone number is (510) 569-2121, then press "0" for operator. I figure that the more people call in and suggest, the more they'll listen.
Good idea. I honestly doubt it will do any good (the vast majority of venues have no specific GA line procedure), but I'll give them a call nonetheless. I think, if anything, they would be more likely to open the area a few hours early (but, again, I actually that doubt that will happen either).

And now I'm being silly and slightly freaking out about all this. I'm going by myself and I paid over face value for my GA ticket (yeah, I know that is my problem and my fault). I was planning on getting there extra early, specifically so I could get a spot on the rail. Quite frankly, I am one of those people where if I can't get on the rail, I rather would not be GA.

Also, with regards to the numbering done by fans last time at Oakland, how did it work with some people coming by car, some people coming via BART, and so forth (I'm assuming that the numbering occured before the parking lot was opened)?
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A few more stupid questions...

When they open the grounds, how many gates/entrances/whatever are there?

Are there any food places within walking distance?

I've never taken BART before, how safe is it to be riding it very very early in the morning (I assume it is all primarily commuters)?

How far is the BART station from the Oakland Arena? Can anyone post walking directions to the arena from the station?
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Also, with regards to the numbering done by fans last time at Oakland, how did it work with some people coming by car, some people coming via BART, and so forth (I'm assuming that the numbering occured before the parking lot was opened)?
Or was it all just a rush from the cars to the entrance and then numbering began once people were in an actual line?
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Or was it all just a rush from the cars to the entrance and then numbering began once people were in an actual line?
Fans started numbering outside the gate (before lot opened). Probably the first carful of people began and when I got there I just asked who was handling it and fans pointed the way. It was not hard to find. Once they opened the lot, people made their way in and lined up according to the fan assigned number. It went pretty smoothly.

I think there is only one entrance into the lot (although I believe they open more exits after the show)

I don't think there is any food within walking distance but I haven't been to a show there in a while (seeing Foo Fighters there tomorrow night so I'll look around). To be safe, I'd bring your own (water too). The only thing provided by the venue are nasty port-o-pottys (they were foul from the start).

BART is safe and there is a coliseum exit with an elevated walkway that takes you right to the stadium. Very easy, I used to take BART to shows all the time (I'd just call BART to confirm that the walkway to the coliseum is open early morning but can't imagine that it wouldn't be).
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Fans started numbering outside the gate (before lot opened). I don't think there is any food within walking distance but I haven't been to a show there in a while (seeing Foo Fighters there tomorrow night so I'll look around). To be safe, I'd bring your own (water too). The only thing provided by the venue are nasty port-o-pottys (they were foul from the start).

There's a Jack-In-The-Box at 532 Hegenberger, just south of the Coliseum parking lot. As far as walkable eats, that's about it.
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There's a Jack-In-The-Box at 532 Hegenberger, just south of the Coliseum parking lot. As far as walkable eats, that's about it.
Thanks bbison. I was just there last night and I didn't even see it (but then I just drove the one block from the freeway exit to the parking lot entrance and ventured no further). Foo Fighters had GA floor and I saw arrows marked "ga" taped to the ground leading to the other side of the arena. I doubt they gave out wristbands (and FF GA was much different than GA at a U2 show).
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Thanks bratty-cat and bbison.

I think I just might drive and park there. That way I can bring blankets, a cooler with drinks and food, and other such items to make the waiting in line all day a little easier.
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