Sunderland’s Stadium of Light being transformed for 50,000 Foo Fighters fans

Work is underway to transform the Stadium of Light.
Work is underway to transform the Stadium of Light.

Following the weekend’s final home game of the season, the Stadium of Light is preparing for fans of a different kind.

Preparations are in full swing to transform the home of the Black Cats in time for Monday’s Foo Fighters gig.

About 50,000 fans are expected to attend the rock gig, which is expected to be a highlight of the region’s music calendar.

The concert promoter and hundreds of set-up crew have moved on-site to begin the huge task of preparing the stadium for its showpiece concert - the only one taking place this year.

The vast infrastructure required to host the show is being installed and crowd barriers, handrails, LED boards and advertising hoardings have already been removed from around the playing field.

A special surface is being laid which covers the entire pitch.

An external courtyard area, designed to house pre-show entertainment, food courts and bars, is also under construction.

Facilities manager Peter Weymes said: “There’s a huge amount of work involved in preparing the stadium for the concerts and getting it ready for the arrival of the band.

“The stadium team are working hard and pulling together to make sure we will be in a fantastic shape for the concert and I’m delighted with the Facilities Team, who are, as usual, going the extra mile to deliver a fantastic event.”