One Direction to draw huge crowd to University of Phoenix StadiumPosted: Updated:
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It's the day teens, particularly teen girls, all over the Valley have been waiting for -- the One Direction concert at University of Phoenix Stadium.
With an expected attendance of more than 60,000, Tuesday night's concert will be one of the biggest events the stadium sees all year.
Although the show does not start until 7 p.m., a group of girls was at the stadium and ready to dance at 6 a.m.
"We're like really dedicated to One Direction," one of the "Directioners" told 3TV's Heidi Goitia. "We've been following them for like four years now. So, it's like exciting."
Because many, if not most, One Direction fans do not drive, the Glendale Police Department set up at drop-off and pick-up area.
The "One Direction Drop-Off/Pick-Up" will be located on the northwest corner of 95th and Maryland avenues, and can only be accessed using 95th Avenue southbound from Glendale Avenue.
Prior to the concert, cars will only be allowed to drop off and must leave the lot. Vehicles will then be allowed to stage in the lot after 9 p.m. At pick-up, drivers must stay with their cars. Unattended cars will be removed from the lot.
Anticipating dead cell phones, police advise parents and kids to pre-arrange a post-concert meeting place.
"One thing we've heard from other venues who have hosted this is there are issues with the kids' cell phones going dead," Glendale police Sgt. Jay O'Neill said. "They're inside, they're taking pictures, videos, selfies, and then their phone dies and they don't know how to get a hold of mom and dad. So, another thing we're suggesting is that parents and kids make arrangements as to when and where after the concert they're going to get picked up"
Because the event will be so big -- second only to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl -- commuters are urged to avoid the area if possible, and concert-goers should allow themselves plenty of time to get where they need to be. Stadium gates open at 5 p.m.
The Glendale Police Department will provide pre-event and real-time traffic updates via Twitter -- @GlendaleAZPD.
One Direction -- Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson -- is based in London. The band, often known as 1D, signed with Simon Cowell's record label after finishing third in British singing competition "The X Factor" in 2010.
The group has released three albums -- Up All Night (2011), Take Me Home (2012) and Midnight Memories (2013). Their hit singles include "What Makes You Beautiful," "Live While We're Young" and "Story of My Life".