Thousands of young fans flock to One Direction concert

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By Tami Hoey By Tami Hoey

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- It was the event thousands of Valley teenage and preteen girls have been waiting for: The One Direction concert Tuesday night at University of Phoenix Stadium.

The hugely popular British boy band performed to a sold-out crowd.

With an expected attendance of more than 60,000, the concert was being called one of the biggest events the stadium sees all year.

Fans started arriving at the stadium by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday. "We're like really dedicated to One Direction," one of the "Directioners" told 3TV. "We've been following them for like four years now. So, it's like exciting."

The Glendale Police Department set up at drop-off and pick-up area. Police also advised 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."