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Old 11-17-2009, 11:20 PM   #1
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No Alcohol At U2 show

The recently announced Minneapolis show will be held at the Univ of Mn football stadium, where beer is not sold because it is on campus. Is this common for shows at campus stadiums? If you have attended an alcohol free show did you notice a difference in the crowd?

I know about prepartying. I know that getting too drunk ruins the show. I don't need alcohol to enjoy a concert.
However, it strikes me as odd that the band / venue would not want to capture the extra revenue from beer sales.
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Not quite the same thing, but Key Arena in Seattle doesn't let you bring beer into the arena for rock concerts. You can guzzle down all you can in the concession areas (or whatever you call the part of the arena that's not actually the arena), but you can't bring it in.

You could bring it to your seat for basketball games (when we had a team and all), so it's bizarre that you can't for concerts.

Anyway - if their reason for being dry is because it's on campus, I can't imagine they would allow an exception just because it's a huge rock concert, so I don't think it's odd at all.

I'm curious to see if all the casual fan lookie-loos who will be there just to be there will stay put in their seats during the songs they don't know. If they don't have beer to buy, will they stay and listen and not stream toward the exits?
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I drink but I'd be totally fine going to a show that doesn't serve alcohol. In fact, I think it would be better. No drunk idiots pushing and falling all over you.
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Not quite the same thing, but Key Arena in Seattle doesn't let you bring beer into the arena for rock concerts. You can guzzle down all you can in the concession areas (or whatever you call the part of the arena that's not actually the arena), but you can't bring it in.
concourse


i don't bother drinking at concerts, so i wouldn't care. probably lead to less douchebaggery, so it's cool. ultimately i won't be there, so i don't really care though, lol.
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Concourse! I should have known that.
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People will probably still find a way to bring booze in.

In Foxboro, there was a drunk dude behind us the 9/20 show. My friend was afraid to sit down against the rail because she didn't want him stumbling on her. Ugh.
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No Beer

There was no beer in Charlottesville either (UVA campus)
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The show in Raleigh was dry also. I didn't notice any difference in the crowd. Then again walking out of the GA area I noticed the entire floor was strewn with airplane sized liquor bottles.
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The show in Raleigh was dry also. I didn't notice any difference in the crowd. Then again walking out of the GA area I noticed the entire floor was strewn with airplane sized liquor bottles.
I was just going to say this. Raleigh was my first dry U2 show. The crowd was into the band for sure. I remember there being less assholes while I was moving back to the rail from going to the washroom.

That being said. I was definitely tipsy for Toronto 1 and 2.....and had a great time with beer in hand.

Ramblin Rose is right. People still find a way to get it in. The floor had zillions of miniature bottles.
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The show in Raleigh was dry also. I didn't notice any difference in the crowd. Then again walking out of the GA area I noticed the entire floor was strewn with airplane sized liquor bottles.
And that will happen at any event in a college stadium, not just a U2 show.


Hell, I'd be getting plastered if I were going to NC State with a football team like that.
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Actually, that sounds pretty good. I don't see much reason to drink at a concert unless it's at a small venue. And at a really good show, you sort of feel above having anything to drink, let alone getting plastered.

Besides, all you guys can come back to my house afterward. I got like 15 cases and Daft Punk are playing!
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Besides, all you guys can come back to my house afterward. I got like 15 cases and Daft Punk are playing!
I'm in!
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Actually, that sounds pretty good. I don't see much reason to drink at a concert unless it's at a small venue. And at a really good show, you sort of feel above having anything to drink, let alone getting plastered.

Besides, all you guys can come back to my house afterward. I got like 15 cases and Daft Punk are playing!
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sounds like a good opportunity to sneak in a one-hitter.
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