Preparations for U2 concert underway

John Hageman

TCF Bank Stadium will host its first concert when U2 pays a (delayed) visit Saturday, and the Irish quartet is bringing a few friends.

More than 1,700 crew members and 48 trucks will descend on campus to construct “The Claw,” the band’s 170-foot stage, according to the Star Tribune.

Construction teams have already annexed a parking lot behind TCF Bank Stadium as a staging area for the concert. Twenty-two semi trailers, each carrying pieces of the puzzle that will eventually become the mammoth stage, are waiting to be unloaded.

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The stage will take four days to build and two days to tear down.

He’s a look at what will happen inside the stadium this week: