Students aren’t guaranteed a spot on the lawn when Blake Shelton performs at the Dee J. Kelly Alumni & Visitor's Center next Thursday, but the concert will be projected onto a GoVision screen in the Kelly Center parking lot for the overflow crowd.
The standing room only concert is part of the kick-off ceremonies for the new Amon G. Carter Stadium. In an email sent to faculty and staff on Aug. 13, Nancy Styles, executive assistant to the vice chancellor of government, said the lawn will be standing room only. However, lawn chairs will be permitted on Kelly Center parking lot 6.
Margaret Kelly, executive director of community projects, said in an email Thursday that “project engineers estimate a total capacity of 10,000” between the Kelly Center lawn area and the lot. Kelly estimated standing room for approximately 8,000 students.
Student Activities sent a campus-wide email Thursday morning finalizing the time and place for the concert and how students can get tickets to the show. TCU announced Shelton’s performance in May.
Wristbands can be obtained with a valid student I.D. during a party celebrating the opening of the stadium. They will be given out on the Kelly Center lawn at Frog Alley on Wednesday, Sept. 5 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. If any are left over, they will be available afterward at the Information Desk in the Brown-Lupton University Union (BLUU).
The Student Activities committee requests that students do not count on the availability of wristbands after the party due to the expected high demand for tickets and the limited number available, according to the email.
Students are permitted to bring one guest to the concert, as are faculty, staff and university donors. Kelly said that 500 wristbands were given to trustees, stadium donors and the volunteer staff.
Blake Shelton’s performance to help open the new Amon G. Carter Stadium is set for Thursday, Sept. 6 at 8 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m. and Brent Folan, SGA president, said he encourages students to get to the concert early to ensure finding a good seat. Folan also said that this concert is completely funded and put on by TCU Athletics in order to celebrate the new stadium. This marks a difference from past fall concerts, which were funded by SGA.
The Student Government Association and Student Activities are also giving 42 meet and greet passes for the show. Students are asked to “like” the What2Do@TCU and Student Government pages on Facebook for a chance to win. Winners will be notified Sept. 5.
Folan said SGA plans to send a campus-wide email Tuesday explaining seating for the concert and SGA’s involvement on Tuesday.