Concert queries

Apr 032011
Authors: Erin Udell

When Associated Students of CSU presidential and vice-presidential candidates Chase Eckert and Justin Safady were creating their platform, one of their main goals was to create a sense of tradition during homecoming week by facilitating a major concert at Hughes Stadium.

But with the concert slated just two days before the homecoming football game, fellow ASCSU presidential candidate Eric Berlinberg says that setting up and breaking down a large-scale concert is “absolutely not possible.”

Berlinberg, who serves on the Beverage and Vending RFP Committee and worked as the entertainment department senior supervisor for Elitch Gardens theme park, said that the possibility of contracting a performer prominent enough to fill such a large venue by October is improbable.

But Eckerdt and Safady said they have spoken with members of the administration as well as facilities manager Brian Chase and say that, if elected, they would hit the ground running and begin work on the concert logistics in the coming weeks.

“In terms of can we pull if off, yes it is physically possible,” Chase said. “It’s all very doable. The only issue is working out the details with athletics.”

Berlinberg, along with running mate Rachel Roberson, is also campaigning to have a concert at Hughes but said it would take more planning with administration to figure out a set date.

“The only reason the stadium exists is because students are here,” Berlinberg said. “It (the concert) is very well going to happen in the next academic year.”

Both parties are nterested in involving students in the selection process, but are also looking to host the event with the help of an outside concert promoter.

Decades ago, Hughes Stadium was the venue for such acts as the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys and Elton John — concerts that brought in over 37,000 people.

But, with complaints by neighbors and a court order to limit major shows, Hughes has, with the exception of football games, remained silent for the past 30 years.

“Hughes is an unbelievable concert venue and we have the opportunity to do that here for the first time in 30 years,” Eckerdt said. “This venue is ready to be opened up and, in the discussions we’ve had, this is a viable option.”

Tom Milligan, CSU’s vice president for External Relations, said the university is still in the process of working out when, and if, the concert can take place.

“The university is in fact interested in hosting concerts at Hughes Stadium, and we are interested in a wide range of options to make that happen,” Milligan said in an e-mail to the Collegian. “We don’t know enough now to really comment on timing, but again, we do want to use Hughes as a concert venue and are glad so many students and student leaders are interested and supportive of this idea.”

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