LANDOVER, Md. -- Imagine going all the way to Maryland to see a bunch of washed up arena rockers and then -- after hours of screaming "Where the Streets Have No Name!" and "The one from the iTunes commercial!" -- finding yourself trapped there, unable to hop a train back to civilization.
It happened Wednesday in New York, where Maryland is called "New Jersey." Thousands of fans left the U2 concert at the Meadowlands and found themselves unable to get back on the train. An estimated 20,000 fans used New Jersey Transit to get to the stadium, and that was too many to handle coming out. Many in the mob that descended on the train station waited hours to board a train, and some said it got so late their trains stopped running.
Metro doesn't want that to happen to U2 fans attending Tuesday's concert at FedEx Field in Landover. The transit agency plans to keep the Morgan Boulevard Metro Station open until 1 a.m. Wednesday. The last inbound train usually leaves the station at 11:25 p.m.
Metro also will put extra trains in service to handle the anticipated crowds. We recommend quick stepping the mile between the stadium and the station to get to the front of the mob. Should be a sight!
No one will be allowed to enter any other stations after normal closing. Only U2 fans get the privilege.
But will they really let the late riders out? We were already getting worried about riding Metro late.
Could have been worse. Could have been scheduled for Virginia.
BY MATTHEW STABLEY // FRIDAY SEP 25, 2009 AT 05:37 EDT
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