British invasion 2012: One Direction comes to Frisco

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by MONIKA DIAZ

WFAA

Posted on March 24, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 7:47 PM

FRISCO — More than 7,000 fans filled Dr Pepper Ballpark in Frisco for a mini-concert and autograph session by the British pop sensation One Direction on Saturday afternoon.

"I've waited for this so long," said Claire McVey from Houston. "We worked so hard to get them here, and it's finally here!"

Frisco officials called in extra security, fire, police and stadium workers for the event. They took more than two hours to admit ticket-holders, permitting only 20 people at a time through the gates.

Organizers told News 8 safety was a priority.

More than two weeks ago, paramedics rushed a teen to the hospital after a crowd rushed the doors at Stonebriar Centre Mall in Frisco for a One Direction wristband and ticket giveaway. Courtney Evangelista was there.

"Like everyone started running, and they were not prepared," she said. "Here, you reserve your spot and they were prepared. It was really, really good."

When Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson finally hit the stage, the stadium erupted in screams. They answered a few fan questions and then performed four songs.

Nearly everyone in the audience on their feet.

After the concert, 2,000 fans got the chance to meet the group in an autograph session. One member of One Direction said he had a great time.

For those who got up close to their favorite singers, the day was one they will never forget.

"I keep smiling. I can't stop," said Margaret Reams. "I'm never going to forget this day. It's amazing."

One Direction is scheduled to hold a concert in Dallas. The event — already sold out — is in June.

E-mail mdiaz@wfaa.com

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