BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – If you drove by (716) Food and Sport downtown on Tuesday morning, you might have thought a British royal was about to drop in for a visit. There were British flags waving, British cars parked out front, even a couple of beefeaters standing watch over a red carpet.
The scene was to announce that Sir Paul McCartney will make his Buffalo concert debut at First Niagara Center on Thursday, October 22nd. This follows a day of speculation, including billboards teasing the announcement around town with the hashtag #GuessWhoFNC.
Bills and Sabres President Russ Brandon joined Mayor Byron Brown, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, and the president of AEG Live at the official announcement. This is one of five added tour dates on McCartney’s “Out There” tour, and it makes him the latest in a string of big-name artists to put Buffalo on their schedules this year.
“It’s a historic day,” Brandon told News 4. “Someone mentioned to me earlier, if we ever would have thought we’d have the Rolling Stones, Garth Brooks, and now Sir Paul McCartney in one calendar year. It’s amazing. It’s great for our community. Great for our entire region.”
County Executive Poloncarz wore his Beatles-inspired boots for the announcement. “I was playing my guitar last night,” he said. “Paul McCartney songs. It’s going to be a great day for this community, and I am looking forward to it, and I am jazzed up.”
Tickets for the show go on sale to the general public through the First Niagara Center Box Office on Monday, August 31 at 10am. American Express cardholders will be able to purchase tickets early, on
Thursday, August 27 at 10 am. They range from $29.50 to $250.