U2 to play a dry concert

U2 will be playing in the first concert at the TCF Bank Stadium in late June. However, if it’s a cocktail you’re looking for at the U2 concert, you’ll never find it.

U2TOURFANS 2009Live Nation and U2 are OK with that. We think it’s the right thing to do as we first move into this new venture here at the TCF Bank Stadium so there will not be alcohol served there,” said University of Minnesota Athletic Director Joel Maturi.

University of Minnesota administration said the band and promoters approached them about staging the concert at the new stadium. They will be playing at the stadium June 27.

However, the University has no problem selling alcohol at Northrop auditorium in the heart of campus.

“This is something run by the University but controlled by intercollegiate athletics. We’ve made a decision not to sell at the football games. I think we are trying to be consistent in regards to that,” said Maturi

They have decided to not allow alcohol even though the rock concert is not an official university event.

“It seems a little incongruous,” said U2 fan Matti Smith. “I guess that’s up to the U of M. If they’re trying to keep the students safe that’s one thing but it’s an unfortunate loss of revenue.”

However, even a booze ban won’t keep true fans away.

“People who are U2 fans are die hard U2 fans. They will go. As Bono says: ‘Walk away, I will follow.’”

Gophers football season ticket holders and University students will get a chance to purchase U2 tickets before they go on sale to the general public Nov. 21.