While Levi's Stadium is able to play host to major concert events despite the fact that the roads around the stadium were really not designed to handle the traffic the 49ers are being held to an agreement with the city of Santa Clara to make sure all weeknight concert events end at 10 p.m. And, not shockingly, the U2 show went well past 10 last night, ending at 11 p.m., which means the 49ers will face a $1,000 fine, as the East Bay Times reports. In other words, there is no reason for them ever to stick to this rule.
The team did try to get the Santa Clara City Council to extend the curfew to 11 p.m. earlier this year, but they rejected that proposal. Then, as CBS 5 reports, the council voted to grant a bunch of exceptions to the curfew to Great America, which shares a parking lot with Levi's Stadium so clearly the 49ers were pissed and have no intention of obeying this law.
Bono and the boys are on their Joshua Tree tour, commemorating the 30th anniversary of the seminal 1987 album, and you can see the setlist here it's the entire album from start to finish, with a half dozen other songs as an encore, including their new song "The Little Things That Give You Away."
The band walked down an aisle one by one on Wednesday, May 17, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as if they were in a wedding processional, each joining an extended instrumental opening of “Sunday Bloody Sunday.” When lead singer Bono arrived, heavenly spotlights shown upon him from behind and above, fog machines adding to the metaphor, as if he might get raptured at any moment.
That’s what it felt like to watch U2 in the mid-to-late 1980s, when the band members were arguably at their peak of both vainglory and musical excellence. And the band did their best to replicate that experience, for a crowd that seemed to want to return to that place more than anything.
Once again everyone had a miserable time leaving Levi's Stadium, as 50,000 people attempted to get from the stadium parking lot to the freeway all at the same time though the VTA estimates they had 6,500 concertgoers using the light rail instead, according to the East Bay Times. Nobody did that willingly or happily, though, if you look at the Twitter evidence. And the VTA only provided extra train service for 30 minutes after the concert something they want to be reimbursed for to the tune of $60,000.
Hey @VTA so much for your real time departure info on the mobile site. NO info for Mountain View trains. Come on. We're in Silicon Valley.— Catherine Kelliher (@cathkelliher) May 18, 2017
.@VTA very disappointed in your event planning. No timed trains at Tasman (before or after show). If Bart can do it so can you— Phil Polishuk (@philpolishuk) May 18, 2017
Great job, everyone! Awesome stadium.