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U2 360 Tour preps begin at Busch Stadium

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By Mike Rush

St. Louis (KSDK) - It was a sight Monday that could make Cardinals fans cringe: the sod on the Busch Stadium field being ripped up.

It's only temporary, though. The field is being transformed into the stage for the biggest concert to take place in downtown St. Louis. U2 will be here Sunday, so the field has to go, for now. Workers did not waste any time. They started transforming the field Sunday night after the Cardinals victorious match-up with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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By Monday, it was clear to see crews shaving away the sod on what many fans consider hallowed ground for Cardinal Nation.

More than a hundred semi-trucks full of equipment are making their way to the stadium to begin building the massive stage for the world famous rock band. The grass has to go because the flooring required to hold the stage would kill it anyway. U2 performs Sunday and the Cardinals return next Sunday, so there's a week to put in a brand new field.

"Our grounds keeper, Bill Findley...we always kid him and ask him if he needs to be medicated and he is calm and cool and comfortable with what we're doing here this year," said Vicki Bryant, Cardinals Vice President of Event Services.

Fifty-three thousand people are expected to attend the concert. About 30,000 were here last year for the Eagles. The grass didn't come up for that concert and a large portion of the outfield was damaged afterwards. Some of the sod was disposed of, but some was given to area softball fields.

The concert will be different than others at Busch because fans will be sitting in all the seats and 8,000 to 9,000 fans will be on the field.

Doors for the concert opens at 5:00 p.m. Sunday and the performance begins two hours later. U2 360 Tour tickets are still available.

 

KSDK

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