We did 3 of them in September for F&W. Go to the first show. You can get there as early as you want. We got there an hour early and grabbed food and ate dinner while we waited. If you go to the secon or third show, you have to stand in line until they let you in. There was a huge difference depending on how popular the band was. I had no issue with David Cook. I probably could have waited until a half hour before. DH wanted to see sugar ray and air supply and an hour before was barely enough to get a good seat. Now with AP seating and dining for garden rocks, it may be slightly harder if they rope off 2 sections. But I’d say an hour before is way safe. Like I said, they let you bring in food so grab dinner and eat while waiting.