Magnetic Hill makes way for The Boss
Published Friday, August 24, 2012 6:31PM ADT
Last Updated Friday, August 24, 2012 6:48PM ADT
A flood of Bruce Springsteen fans are expected to take over Moncton Sunday as The Boss brings his Wrecking Ball tour to Magnetic Hill.
While ticket sales may not be where many had hoped, the excitement is still at a fever pitch in the city.
Fans were already setting up camp Friday for Sunday’s concert, in the hopes of securing a coveted front-of-stage spot.
Some of them have seen Springsteen’s show before, including Fredericton residents John Wait and his son, Alex. They just saw The Boss in Boston, and now they are set to see Springsteen in their home province.
“It’s 32 times Sunday night,” says John Wait. “I was really excited. I didn’t know if it would happen.”
City manager Jacques Dube says everything is on schedule. The traffic flow map is the same as it was for previous concerts, and the entire site will again be licensed as it was for Nickelback last month.
“We were penning up people, caging people on the site to drink alcohol, which really makes no sense,” says Dube of the previous plan of having one licensed area. “It sort of encouraged people to drink too fast.”
RCMP will be on hand to ensure fans don’t think the liquor licence extends beyond the Magnetic Hill site.
“It is against the liquor control act and it’s a $172.50 fine,” says Codiac RCMP Cpl. Mike Gaudet. “We will be enforcing it. Zero tolerance this weekend.”
When the concert was first announced, organizers had hoped 60,000 people would flock to Magnetic Hill, but those expectations have since lowered. They still hope to see an increase in ticket sales come Sunday, with clear skies in the forecast.
This will be the final big show of the concert season and Dube says the city is already in serious talks with promoters for next year.
“If I had a wish, I’d like to see a concert or two on this site, and a concert or two at the stadium site next year,” says Dube. “I think it’s possible.”
Ambulance New Brunswick will operate a mobile clinic on site, and with warm weather expected, they will be watching closely for heat-related illness.
“It’s always good to have your doctor-recommended eight glasses a day and stay healthy,” recommends emergency preparedness manager Troy McQuinn.
Canadian rocker Tom Cochrane and Maritime favourite The Trews will open for The Boss. The doors open at 3 p.m.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jonathan MacInnis