Another (brave) mom and I, along with some of our kids, trekked out to Central Park at 5 a.m. for one of GMA’s Summer Concerts. That necessitated a 3 a.m. wake up call for us, but we were highly motivated by the prospects of a crooning Luke Bryan. We were told it was the most highly-attended GMA concert of the season.
Transportation is a matter of preference – we chose to drive – but somehow you need to get yourself to the 72nd & 5th Avenue entrance of Central Park to enter the venue at Rumsey Play Field.
We entered the park at 5 a.m. and that worked out for us. There was a large line forming, but it was manageable and well-organized. We were corralled through barriers and security stops – most people we encountered were excited and nice.
Then we waited. And waited. We saw the sun rise over Central Park – now I’ve got bragging rights to that
We were let in around 7:20 and most people rushed pretty quickly to the front of the stage where you might get a good view, or not, depending on how many people back you are from the stage. Some of the girls that ended up in the front row had waited out since 2 p.m. Thursday. If you need to be the first one in…go ahead.
We sat in bleachers and we had a nice view and were pretty comfortable. There was plenty of room for walking around and there were Port-a-Loos (my friend is British :). I was really pleased that it was so easy.
Ultimately, Luke Bryan was awesome – unlike these pictures!
What You Need To Know
~ There are bathrooms and seating.
~ The GMA website says to be there by 6 a.m. In my opinion 5 a.m. was a good choice.
~ A bag with all your regular stuff, a water bottle and a snack will get you through the morning.
~ The concert is really for the TV viewers, but you will get to see your favorite act rehearse, do several sound checks, interact with the crowd, the morning show hosts and their band. Basically, it’s neat to see your favorite singer in such a casual setting. You’ll hear bits and pieces and the totality of about the same 4 songs, but it’s not boring.
~ You can totally do this! For 2014, there are still 3 dates to go I might see you for Brad Paisley.