Nearly 100,000 fans are expected to converge on the Rose Bowl this Sunday, Oct. 25, for the 7 p.m. U2 concert — the largest on the band’s world “360 Tour.” Heavy traffic, congested streets and limited parking are expected around the stadium. In other words, the usual traffic mayhem associated with big Rose Bowl events.
To make the concert easier to reach, Metro — with funding from the Rose Bowl and concert promoter Live Nation — is extending rail and Orange Line service throughout the system into the early Monday morning hours.
Concertgoers should take the Gold Line to the Memorial Park Station in Pasadena. A shuttle bus to the Rose Bowl will be available from the Parsons Engineering parking lot, just two blocks from the station. Shuttle rides are $5 round-trip.
By the way, if you don’t have tickets for the big show, there is some good news. The band recently announced the entire Rose Bowl show will be streamed live on YouTube. Here’s the link to the press release at U2’s website. And if you’re looking to kill a little time today at work, here’s a link to some concert videos also on the band’s website.
More details on Metro Rail service on Sunday are after the jump.
Getting to the Rose Bowl from the Gold Line
To reach the Rose Bowl via the Gold Line, take the train to the Memorial Park Station, at the corner of Holly Street and Raymond Avenue. Exit the train and walk one block north (toward the mountains) on Raymond to Walnut Street. Turn left and walk one block west to Parsons Engineering, 100 W. Walnut. $5 round-trip shuttle buses will run before and after the concert between Parsons and the Rose Bowl. Shuttle service will begin at noon and continue after the show until all fans have left the stadium.
Rail Service Extended
Metro Rail trains will run according to Sunday schedules throughout the day and into the evening.
Last trains will depart:
Metro Gold Line
North to Sierra Madre Villa will leave Memorial Park at 1:15 a.m.
South to Union Station will leave Memorial Park at 1:27 a.m. (Arrives Union Station 1:49 a.m. – Red Line transfer.)
Metro Red Line
West to North Hollywood will leave Union Station at 1:57 a.m. (Arrives 7th St./Metro Center 2:02 a.m. – Blue Line transfer.) (Arrives 2:06 a.m. Wilshire/Vermont – Wilshire Blvd. Line 20 corridor bus transfer.)
Metro Blue Line
South to Long Beach will leave 7th St./Metro Center at 2:05 a.m. (Arrives Imperial/Wilmington at 2:30 p.m. – Green Line transfer.)
Metro Green Line
East to Norwalk will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:37 a.m.
West to Redondo Beach will leave Imperial/Wilmington at 2:41 a.m.
Metro Orange Line
The Orange Line will make extra trips leaving North Hollywood at 1:30 a.m. and 2:30 a.m.
All multiple line rail passengers should purchase a $5 day pass at their originating station. This will eliminate the need to purchase additional fares at each transfer point throughout the evening and early morning.
For more details on getting to the concert via Metro go to the Trip Planner at metro.net or call (800) COMMUTE.