Pop rock band OneRepublic will be hitting the stage on campus Saturday with a preview of their upcoming tour.
When the 6 p.m. football game against Texas State University is over, the concert will kick off soon after in the Campus Commons.
Members of the Student Government Association’s House of Representatives created a wish list of 50 artists they wanted to be brought to campus, SGA president Kelsie Johnson said. OneRepublic met SGA’s most important requirements in the sense that the band could play right after the first home game and the cost of the performance fell within SGA’s budget, Johnson said. The cost of the concert is an estimated $120,000, she said.
Kennedy Stewart, Programming Council chair, said SGA’s executive budget allowed $25,000 for the concert. The rest of the budget for the concert came from athletics, the chancellor’s office and Brown-Lupton University Union programming.
OneRepublic is a Colorado rock band that jumped to fame with hit song “Apologize” in 2007.
The concert kicks off in the Campus Commons with Hot Chelle Rae as the opening band.
University officials will use removable gates to block the Commons off from 8:45 p.m. until the end of the game, Johnson said. Security will check students’ IDs before entering the concert, she said. Students may bring one guest and community members can exchange their football tickets for concert tickets during third and fourth quarter of the game. Only students, their one guest and community members who went to the football game may attend the concert, she said.
Andrew Pulliam, junior business major and College of Science and Engineering representative, said the concert will provide a way for all different types of students and members of the community to gather and have a great time.
Students look forward to these concerts, and the OneRepublic concert should boost campus unity, Pulliam said.