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18,000-plus One Direction fans mob TODAY's plaza

Aug. 23, 2013 at 9:05 AM ET

The TODAY plaza is the one place to be this morning. 

One Direction has drawn an estimated 18,000 Directioners to Rockefeller Center, NYPD estimated, all packing into about two New York City blocks outside a temporarily renamed Studio 1D. 

"It seems to me this is the biggest crowd we've ever had," Al Roker said. 

Between song sets, which featured their hits "What Makes You Beautiful," "Kiss You" and their newest track, "Best Song Ever," Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Niall Horan, Liam Payne and Zayn Malik also gave details on their upcoming movie and Zayn's recently revealed engagement.

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And one mom got creative in making sure her daughter could see the concert. 

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The One Direction boys gave fans "backstage access" over Instagram before the concert. 

More than a thousand One Direction fans waited in line for up to a week for a chance to watch the group perform — even drawing one teen in a wedding dress who wanted to propose to Harry Styles.

Gloria Pineda, daughter Crystal and friend Daisy Monegro led all the fans at the front of the line. “We got here last weekend and we were so excited and thought we were going to find a line or something, but there was no one here yet,” Gloria Pineda explained to TODAY.com. They arrived last Friday. "We haven’t showered all week. We just wiped off with baby wipes!”

To reward their efforts, TODAY’s Matt Lauer surprised them with tickets to the premiere of the One Direction Movie “This is Us.”  

See some our favorite tweets and Instagrams from the concert: 

This updated story was originally posted Aug. 23 at 6:50 a.m. ET.

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