YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – JAC Management Group announced the headlining music act in what it’s calling the “largest music event” in Youngstown.
The Zac Brown Band will perform at Youngstown State University’s Stambaugh Stadium as part of “Y Live.” The concert will be at 7 p.m. August 24, 2017.
Organizers hope the concert will draw a record-breaking crowd to the stadium.
“Why not us? Why can’t we have a stadium show in Youngstown?” asked JAC Management Group President Eric Ryan.
It was that thought that led Ryan and other members of JAC Management to bring the biggest concert Youngstown has ever seen to the stadium.
The Zac Brown Band’s “BLACK OUT THE SUN” tour last year broke attendance records at Camden’s BB&T Pavilion and Boston’s Fenway Park. The three-time GRAMMY-winning multiplatinum artists are touring during the release of their most recent album, “WELCOME HOME.”
The country music band is known for such hits as “Chicken Fried,” “Toes,” and “Free.”
Promoters add that they have had some hurdles to overcome to bring “A-list” acts here.
“As we went through the process, there was a lot of, you know, get one under your belt,” Ryan said. “There was a lot of, people maybe didn’t want to be the first one to try this, but luckily, we put together a great plan and the Zac Brown Band believed it, and so we’re doing it.”
The big concert comes with an even bigger caveat — in order to break even on the cost, JAC needs to fill nearly every seat in the 20,000-seat stadium.
“We’re banking on the community that they’ll show up and they’ll find that it will be a great value and a history-making type of event,” Ryan said.
Youngstown Mayor John McNally said he believes it’s worth the gamble, however.
“It’s just one of those events, I think, that continues to build on the momentum of the downtown area and the City of Youngstown and the entire Mahoning Valley,” McNally said.
If JAC strikes gold, they plan on making concerts of this magnitude a staple in Youngstown.
“This is much more about the community and much more about creating an event that we can hold on to and have once a year,” Ryan said.
Tickets for the Zac Brown Band show go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 24.
Tickets range in price from $45.50-$95.50 and can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com, the SouthWoods Health Box Office at the Covelli Centre or by calling 1-800-745-3000.
Preceding the concert, Y Live will kick off at 2:30 p.m. with a tailgate party in the parking lot next to the Stambaugh Stadium followed by doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Tailgate pre-sale parking will be available on Ticketmaster.com or at the Covelli Centre Box Office for $35. Day of tailgate parking is $30.
A limited amount of advance parking passes will be sold.
For more information, go to ylivemusic.com.