I went to the Birmingham one and it was very similar Jack.
Arrived in queue 3:30pm ish
Let into Arena between 4:30-4:45pm
Queued inside and was asked for full name on a list,bags searched etc
Soundcheck started and ended about same time.
we stayed in the arena and moved to the food court for burritos,beer and pick and mix :)
Awesome experience and worth signing up to MTA for and got a really cool glow in the dark bracelet thing!