Seating chaos at Elton concert

A SEATING shambles turned Elton John's Ipswich concert into chaos for some fans, it emerged today.Eager admirers entering Portman Road found to their disbelief that their seats had been reallocated – because organisers realised the stage would block their view.

A SEATING shambles turned Elton John's Ipswich concert into chaos for some fans, it emerged today.

Eager admirers entering Portman Road found to their disbelief that their seats had been reallocated – because organisers realised the stage would block their view.

Many were forced to miss the support act as they waited for new tickets and there was still upheaval for the first part of Sir Elton's epic concert as they played musical chairs.

A fan, who did not wish to be named, said: "When we got to the gig, they weren't letting anyone in. The stage had been built too far out so they realised the people there would not have a view.

"Once we got our tickets, we had missed most of the support act. When Elton John came on, for the first quarter of his performance, there were people coming in and stewards showing them to seats."

The stage had been positioned a few yards further forward than originally planned, blocking the view from some seats in the stadium near the platform.

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Stewards scrambled to hand out tickets for seats with a better view, but the backlog of people coming into the ground disrupted some of the gig.

Some fans were then asked to move again as people with original tickets arrived to claim their seats.

Our source said: "It did affect my enjoyment of the concert. I missed the support act and then there was chaos during the first quarter of the Elton John concert. And the scrum around the door was something you don't need to put up with. You expect to go there hand your ticket in and go and enjoy the concert."

A spokesman for Ipswich Town football club said: "I can confirm that a small number of those attending the Sir Elton John concert at Portman Road were offered alternative seating as a result of a slight adjustment of the positioning of the stage.

"Although there was an extensive planning process involved in putting on such a large show there may always be the need for adjustments to be made.

"We were fortunate to have capacity to make sure that those who moved did not have their evening's entertainment spoiled."

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