Korean septet BTS will make history on Saturday night with their first-ever Stateside stadium-size concert at Citi Field, home to the New York Mets. The show marks the end of the North American leg of their Love Yourself world tour and, according to BTS’ label Big Hit Entertainment, sold out in 20 minutes. The group’s loyal ARMY are already ready and waiting for days.
Fans of the group been camping out in the parking lot of Citi Field all week, with the first people lining up as early as this past Monday.
Check out photos and video of the impromptu campground below:
The show isn’t for another 5 days but people have already started to camp at citi field with the approval of the police. They are currently up to number 120 right now on the line. Large groups take turns going to class,home,etc. #CitiField #BTS @bts_bighit pic.twitter.com/oSlxafDxVT
— 2 DAYS (@adornedbieber) October 2, 2018
People reportedly attempted to camp out as early as Sept. 30 but were turned away, likely due to the Mets game that night.
CitiField is not joking about camping not being allowed for BTS’s show on Oct. 6th. I repeat. Cops began kicking people off the line today. pic.twitter.com/yYrxjcXHd1
— Chelsea (@chelseachimchim) September 30, 2018
Though technically against the rules of the venue, the setup has been kept orderly and clean, and Citi Field tweeted about it on Wednesday, saying that it wasn’t officially “allowing” people to do so — but still gave the information as to which parking lot fans were camping out in. The social media account also added that, though the venue shares the excitement of the fans, it “will only start wristbanding floor tickets on Saturday at 8 a.m.”
Dear #BTSArmy, we are not allowing fans to camp…Yet you are still on site?! — Fans are in the lot closest to the train. We share your excitement but we will only start wristbanding floor tickets on Saturday at 8 a.m. https://t.co/QaXjeYi3Z3 pic.twitter.com/8TYmgCXlpv
— Citi Field (@CitiField) October 3, 2018
ARMY have posted pictures on social media that show there is a numbering system in place in the campground.
— Maitsy (@kyungsoo_army) October 4, 2018
Fans have been sharing moments from the site all week, such as when BTS’ V live-streamed late Thursday night and fans were heard exclaiming over the notifications on their V Live app.
Everyone at Citi Field just started screaming when Tae went live hahahahahahaha pic.twitter.com/1ofogUHCjl
— —- (@taehyungthugg) October 5, 2018
Billboard’s own Kevan Kenney ended up on site Friday (Oct. 5) and took a video of the campers.
— Kevan Kenney (@KevanKenney) October 5, 2018