Bruce Springsteen in Sunderland security rules - entry times, umbrellas and food and drink

Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen -Credit:AP

An expected crowd of around 45,000 are expected to be at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday night when music legend Bruce Springsteen arrives in Sunderland for the first time in 12 years.

It was back in 2012 that The Boss was last in the North East on his Wrecking Ball tour and now, having already delighted audiences in the likes of Cardiff, Cork and Dublin, Bruce will be on Wearside with The E Street Band on May 22. Sadly for the tens of thousands of ticket holders set to head to the SoL for the gig, a weather warning was issued by the Met Office on Tuesday for heavy rain for most of the day, although it is expected to clear up slightly during the evening.

With no support act for Sunderland or any of his tour dates, stage times for Bruce suggest that the rock icon will be on stage at around 7pm and stay there for over three hours, with the gig set to end around 10.15pm.

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There are a number of strict security rules in place for anyone with a ticket to the concert, ranging from taking food and drink in to what size umbrella is permitted should the predicted downpours transpire.

Bruce Springsteen in Sunderland security rules

Entry into the stadium

Gates at the Stadium of Light are set to open around 4pm. There will be no re-admission or pass-outs of any kind at any point.

Food and drink

Food and drink not bought from the venue will not be allowed in, whether drinks are in cans, plastic bottles or glass bottles. Glass containers of any kind are banned.

Alcohol may only be consumed in public bars and other authorised area

Banned items

Any weapon including sharp objects (e.g. knives); illegal substances. The management of the venue reserves the right to conduct security searches from time to time and confiscate any item which is not permitted in the venue and to eject any person refusing to a search.


The wording on the stadium website is that 'small telescopic umbrellas are permitted' but not large golf style umbrellas.

Telescopic umbrellas are the small ones that typically can be contained in the small bag they are sold in and can easily be stored away if required.