WINSTON-SALEM, NC (WGHP) – Winston-Salem ticket holders and visitors say they lost hundreds to more than a thousand dollars after missing the Paul McCartney concert due to heavy traffic and a lack of parking near the venue missed Truist Stadium.
Deacon Demon Stadium has a capacity of 31,500 and should be “full to capacity” on the Wednesday before the concert.
Concert-goers have been instructed to arrive by 6pm on Saturday and to expect different traffic patterns and alternative parking outside the stadium.
A Wake Forest University representative told FOX8 Monday that there were scheduled shuttles that would take people from on-campus parking lots to the stadium.
On Saturday, concert-goers who attempted to arrive at 6pm as suggested found they could not get near the stadium due to traffic.
Among them were Deborah Cronin and her husband. The couple drove from Myrtle Beach and bought tickets to celebrate their 39th wedding anniversary with Paul McCartney music.
However, they sat in line for more than three hours before giving up.
Deborah told FOX8: “It got to the point that after three and a half hours we gave up. I just said, ‘We’re not coming in.’ I have never seen such a badly managed concert hall.”
She explained that it ruined her night and her anniversary.
“It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that we missed, and it was replaced by horrific memories of being upset and angry on our wedding day,” she said.
The couple turned and went back to their hotel and missed the concert.
WFU officials told FOX8 that the sold-out show was delayed due to severe thunderstorms.
The gates opened an hour later at 7pm and the show started at 8:45pm instead of 8:05pm
People in line, including Erin and Bryan Harris, said the show’s delays weren’t the problem, but rather the lack of open space.
Erin told FOX8, “We were actually directed into a parking lot that was actually full. So everyone then had to reverse lanes to get out. Then they took us back to the entrance. The cop sent us back in the same direction, and when we came back around the corner, they realized they’d locked it up. Then it was like, ‘Okay, you have to go this route.’”
Erin and her husband found a parking spot and got to the concert at 10:45 p.m. to hear the last few songs. However, they say they have no plans to attend another concert at Truist Stadium.
FOX8 asked WFU about refunds, but there was no firm comment on the matter.
They noted that fans with questions are encouraged to contact Wake Forest University at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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