It’s time for another big concert Thursday as Jay-Z and Beyoncé come to town Thursday.
Thousands are expected to pack The Shoe Thursday. Wednesday, it was all about getting everything set up.
Outside Ohio Stadium sits 45 jam-packed trucks to be unloaded for a pretty elaborate stage inside the stadium. An additional 20 semis are bringing steel to set up the stage.
This show requires a large number of stagehands. More than 250 workers are prepared to set up and tear down the set says Columbus Arena Sports & Entertainment Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Gatto.
“Putting Columbus on the map as far as music. One of only 50 stadium dates in the country. So, pretty special for us to have the show here in Columbus, Jay-Z and Beyoncé,” said Gatto.
Organizers are hoping for approximately 50,000 guests to come through the gates.
“This could be the biggest or one of the biggest shows from a production standpoint ever to be in Ohio Stadium. Approximately 50 trucks, which is as big, or close to as big the Taylor swift show we just did in July,” said Gatto.
Chiamaka Uche has been a fan of Beyoncé for years.
“I am a fan of Beyoncé because she’s been making amazing music since I was young and I really love all of her albums,” said Uche.
She’s a new freshman at OSU and we actually ran into each other as she was recording a video She’s trying to win a contest to get tickets to the concert Thursday.
“It would mean the world to me because I always have wanted to see Beyoncé but her tickets are expensive. So, winning this free ticket would be amazing,” said Uche.
The economic impact is estimated to be 12-14 million dollars for a crowd this large. That includes hotel stays, gas and restaurants.
“When you do a stadium show everything is just bigger. The production, the lights, the sound, just everything is multiplied times 10. So it’s way bigger than life and really a wonderful experience in Ohio Stadium. And what could be a better evening?” said Gatto.
If you’re heading to the concert, try to come early on Thursday. It’s a normal workday on campus, so typical traffic will be multiplied. The parking lots open at 4pm and the main gate opens at 6pm. The concert begins at 7:30.