1D fans could be turned away from gig due to age limits


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Young One Direction fans are being warned they could be turned away when the group begin the UK leg of their tour because of strict age limits.

Ticket-holders for the band's stadium tour are being asked to check they are old enough to attend when the gigs begin in Sunderland on 28 May.

The city's Stadium of Light says under-12s will not be allowed to enter if they have a standing ticket.

Anyone under the age of 16 is also required to be with an adult.

Sunderland AFC, which plays at the venue, says the restrictions are in force to ensure fans are safe.

Stewards will be on the gates and will turn back those who don't meet the age limits.

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The Where We Are world tour gigs sold out in a matter of minutes and some fans could fail to comply with the terms and conditions.

The club says no one under 12 will be allowed into the standing area on the pitch and should contact their booking agent if they have the wrong tickets.

Under-12s will be only allowed in seated areas, and gig-goers are advised to carry ID with their age, particularly if they look younger than they are.

The stadium shows are a step-up from the arena dates the band played last year on their Take Me Home tour.

The head of security and safety at Sunderland, Paul Weir, said: "The age restrictions are laid down by the promoter to ensure the safety of everyone attending the show, which is a very different dynamic to anything we have staged at the Stadium of Light previously."

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