The world's most successful U.K. boy band according to Billboard 200, One Direction, played a sold-out show to a crowd of over 50,000 people on Friday at the UTEP Sun Bowl Stadium as part of their 2014 Where We Are Stadium Tour. While earlier storms and floods had worried fans of 1D, it was promised that the show would go on rain or shine. But on the day of the concert, the sky was clear and the weather was fair. 1D's opening act was a band called 5 Seconds of Summer, who took the stage when the concert began at around 7 P.M. A couple of hours later, One Direction members Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson were welcomed by thousands of screaming fans, or "Directioners," of all ages.
The concert was a big deal for El Paso because it isn't often that such big name acts perform in our city. Eastwood students could be heard discussing the concert in the halls when they returned from the long four-day weekend. Nicolette Porras (senior) is a huge fan of both 1D and 5 Seconds of Summer, and was in awe after the show. "My favorite part was actually getting to see them in real life and not in pictures or on a screen," Porras said. "It was just a really great experience." Kimberly Angcayan (senior) spent hours making a sign that read "Mrs. Malik" for her favorite member, Zayn. "It was the best time of my life spending time with my friends and watching my idols rock the stage," said Angcayan. "I love One Direction so I hope they come back for their next tour."
Setting the record for the most tickets sold at the Sun Bowl Stadium, the group told their fans how they were awarded and recognized by UTEP for their achievement. One Direction seemed to love El Paso just as much as the crowd loved them. "This has definitely been one of my favorite shows," Horan told the screaming audience during the concert. "We hope to see you very, very, very soon," He added. The group thanked their fans many times for all their support and said that without them, they wouldn't be there. The night ended as the boy band closed with their hit single "Best Song Ever," fireworks went off, and Directioners enjoyed the last song of the concert.