Ed Sheeran has announced a Bay Area date.
Yes, those fans who were worried that the global superstar might skip our area on his inaugural North American stadium tour can now relax.
Sheeran performs Aug. 21 at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Feb. 16. Exact ticket prices for the Bay Area date were not immediately available but “prices for all shows begin at $39.50, with top ticket price no more than $125,” according to a news release. For more information please visit EdSheeran.com.
Presale registration runs through 10 p.m. (ET) on Feb. 8. The presale then runs 10 a.m. Feb. 12 to 10 p.m. Feb. 15.
Ed Sheeran is coming to @ATTPark on Tuesday, August 21st!
— Giants Enterprises (@SFGEnterprises) February 6, 2018
The San Francisco show is part of the latest (and supposedly last) batch of dates added to his tour. Other newly added stops include Detroit’s Ford Field (September 8th), Pittsburgh’s PNC Park (September 30th), Chicago’s Soldier Field (October 4th), Nashville’s Nissan Stadium (October 6th), and Milwaukee’s Miller Park (October 23rd). Also, second nights have been added at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA (September 14th) and MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, NJ (September 21st).
Although the show will be played at AT&T Park, there were reportedly earlier discussions about Sheeran performing at Levi’s Stadium. Yet, the British singer decided not to play the Santa Clara venue due to its controversial 10 p.m. weeknight curfew, according to officials for the San Francisco 49ers.
“His show will no longer come to Levi’s Stadium because the mayor played politics and refused to correct, or even address, the music ban,” 49ers President Al Guido said in September. “Residents have lost out on millions of dollars in revenue, and music lovers have been denied an opportunity to view a world-class concert.”
The Santa Clara City Council and the 49ers have been at odds over the curfew for months. It really heated up in May when U2 blew past the curfew, drawing $1,000 fine as well as a strong tongue-lashing from Mayor Lisa Gillmor.
“The reason we’re in this situation is because the 49ers, who manage the stadium, decided on their own to violate our city law, which is our noise ordinance,” she said at the time. “It’s created problems for VTA. It’s created problems for Santa Clara. It’s really going to create problems for our neighborhood and our residents.”
But industry experts say that the threat of a small fine isn’t likely to stop a rocker from busting curfew.
“Most of the fines that are out there for violating a noise ordinance are relatively modest,” says Gary Bongiovanni, editor of concert industry publication Pollstar. “When you are talking about events that gross in the multi-million dollars, even a $20,000 or $50,000 fine is not that big a piece of the pie. But it comes out of what the artist is going to net, so if that gets too excessive then they’ll go, ‘Well, I can make more money somewhere else … ’”
2018 NORTH AMERICAN STADIUM TOUR
18 Pasadena, CA Rose Bowl
21 San Francisco, CA AT&T Park *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
25 Seattle, WA CenturyLink Field
30 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
31 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
6 St. Louis, MO Busch Stadium
8 Detroit, MI Ford Field *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
14 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
15 Foxboro, MA Gillette Stadium
21 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
22 East Rutherford, NJ MetLife Stadium
27 Philadelphia, PA Lincoln Financial Field
30 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
4 Chicago, IL Soldier Field *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
6 Nashville, TN Nissan Stadium *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
13 Kansas City, MO Arrowhead Stadium
17 Fargo, ND Fargodome
20 Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium
23 Milwaukee, WI Miller Park *NEWLY ANNOUNCED*
27 Dallas, TX AT&T Stadium
31 New Orleans, LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
3 Houston, TX Minute Maid Park
7 Tampa, FL Raymond James Stadium
10 Atlanta, GA Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Pop megastar Ed Sheeran is coming to AT&T Park in San Francisco