Arena Boss Promises Not To Leave U2 Fans In The Dark

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February 4, 2011 | 7:45am EST

Bosses at South Africa’s World Cup stadium are racing to fix the venue’s lighting problems in time for U2’s gig there later this month, after thieves stole the arena’s power cables.
The Irish rockers are expected to attract 98,000 fans to their concert at Johannesburg’s FNB Stadium on 13 February as part of the band’s 360 trek.

However, the venue has been left without lighting after electricity cables were stolen earlier this week, forcing organisers to cancel several soccer games.

But the arena’s manager Jacques Grobbelaar insists he is doing everything in his power to ensure U2 fans aren’t left in the dark.

He says, “Repairs are going well and should be done by Saturday or Sunday… the U2 concert will definitely be taking to the stage next weekend.

“We don’t notice the thefts immediately because we only power up the stadium a few days before big events.”