The Beach Boys will play a two-hour show at Robin Roberts Stadium in Springfield to kick off Memorial Day weekend in what's being called the first major concert event in the North Grand Avenue baseball stadium's history.
The concert, set for 7 p.m. May 25, was announced Thursday by Todd Miller, the owner and general manager of the Springfield Sliders, which will begin their 10th season of play at Robin Roberts on May 30.
Concerts in baseball stadiums are popular on the major league level to help provide extra revenue to the team on nights when there is no game. Wrigley Field in Chicago, for instance, has seven shows planned for this summer, including Jimmy Buffett, Pearl Jam and Billy Joel. Busch Stadium in St. Louis will host four shows, including Kenny Chesney and Ed Sheeran.
Miller said he expects the Beach Boys show -- to be fronted by original member Mike Love, 76 -- to break the Sliders' attendance record for a game, which is 5,218, which happened on Aug. 5, 2016, a night when the Sliders clinched a playoff spot.
Tickets go on sale March 16 through www.happsnow.com. Prices will be $25, $45 and $65. Two hundred VIP seats on the field in front of the stage will be $200 each. Unlike Sliders baseball games, all seats in the stadium will be reserved.
The Beach Boys last played Springfield during the 2000 Illinois State Fair. Brian Wilson, a founding member of the band, played several of his hits from his Beach Boys days during his solo tour that stopped at Sangamon Auditorium in 2009.