Photo: Danny ClinchLeeds, England, undoubtedly greeted Bruce Springsteen with open arms when he hit the stage at the city's new Leeds Arena on Wednesday, but some of the vehicles bringing the Boss' equipment to the venue earlier that day were met with a different welcome. BBC News reports that a police officer handed out parking tickets to the tour trucks when they arrived to deliver the New Jersey rocker's gear.
The vehicles had parked on a side street that, according to authorities, was not within the 13,500-seat arena's designated unloading zone. A Leeds City Council member said the tickets had been properly issued, but notes that they were "quickly canceled" because of "special circumstances."
The spokesman also noted, "We accept this is a little embarrassing but the attendant was doing his job -- if a little too efficiently." He added that with the city preparing "to open and host a huge, state-of-the-art new venue, you're bound to get the odd teething trouble."
Meanwhile, Keith Wakefield, Labour leader of the council, said of the officer who ticketed the tracks, "It was somebody being a little bit stupid and zealous."
Springsteen himself had asked Leeds officials if he could be the first performer to play the venue, which won't officially open until September 4.
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