Sunderland AFC allows ticket-hungry Foo Fighters fans to sleep out in Stadium of Light

Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (The Grammys) - 2012 Arrivals held at the Staples CenterLos Angeles, California - 12.02.12Mandatory Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/ WENN.com
Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear, Dave Grohl, Chris Shiflett and Nate Mendel of Foo Fighters54th Annual GRAMMY Awards (The Grammys) - 2012 Arrivals held at the Staples CenterLos Angeles, California - 12.02.12Mandatory Credit: Adriana M. Barraza/ WENN.com

THE hottest tickets in town go on sale on Friday.

Last week the Stadium of Light announced that Foo Fighters will be kicking off the UK leg of their European Sonic Highways tour on Wearside on May 25.

General Admission tickets, for pitch standing and unreserved Tier 1 seating, go on sale at the stadium box office from 10am on Friday with reserved seating tickets only available from ticket agents.

Fans of the US rockers can queue from 5pm tomorrow, however, to ensure safety, they will be housed within the Strongbow North and East stands of the stadium.

Anyone wishing to queue overnight must be aged over 18 years old. Club stewards will ask for ID from anyone they suspect does not meet this age criteria. The club also advises that there will be no smoking and or alcohol consumption permitted in the stadium concourses and surrounding areas.

Fans who do not wish to purchase their tickets in person can do so via the official ticket websites and phone lines

Foo Fighters are renowned as one of the best live acts around and more than 55,000 are expected to see them rock Wearside next year. It will be the first time they’ve played in the city since Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Herrington Country Park in 2005.

Though Iggy Pop and Royal Blood have been confirmed as support acts on other UK dates on the tour, the Sunderland support has not yet been announced.

It’s hoped the Foo Fighters will be one of a trio of gigs at the stadium next summer.

SAFC’s commercial director, Gary Hutchinson, said: “The confirmation of this concert has created a real buzz amongst music fans, so we’re really looking forward to the tickets going on sale.

“There has been unprecedented interest since the announcement, with enquires not just from the UK but from across Europe, particularly as the

Stadium of Light is hosting the prestigious opening night of the tour.

“The band has an enduring popularity among rock music fans and given their popularity, it could be one of the most iconic gigs in the stadium’s history so I’d urge North East music fans to secure their tickets as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.”

•Tickets, priced £55-£67.50 go on sale on Friday from 10am. There is a limit of four tickets per purchaser in place.

•The Stadium of Light will offer General Admission (standing/Tier 1 unreserved seating) tickets only, priced at £55. All sales are subject to a £4 booking fee per ticket (unless payment is made in cash). Tickets cannot be purchased from SAFC by telephone or online, tickets are available from the stadium’s box office to in-person purchasers only.

•Remaining tickets, which are also subject to a booking fee, are available online at www.gigsandtours.com, Tel. 0844 811 0051 or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk, Tel. 0844 826 2826.

•Tickets for wheelchair and special needs patrons are available by telephone from See Tickets, Tel. 0871 230 3453 (calls cost 10p per min plus standard network charges).