Sugarland to Open Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium August 26
Sugarland will perform the first concert ever held at Houston’s recently built BBVA Compass Stadium. The event will be held August 26 at the downtown stadium, which also will host Texas Southern University football and Houston Dynamo soccer matches.
“We are really excited and humbled to be the first act announced at the BBVA Compass Stadium,” said Sugarland’s Kristian Bush in a statement. “This year’s tour is focused on the fans and will be an all request tour and we couldn’t imagine a better place to see and perform for all of our fans than this new stadium, it’s really a special gift as we just love Houston!”
Earlier this month, the country duo announced the “In the Hands of the Fans” tour for this summer, which lets fans of the band pick the set lists for the tour through Twitter, Facebook, phone calls during the show and selections directly from the stage. Sugarland singer Jennifer Nettles said at the time that, “if [the song that’s requested] is on one of our records or if we’ve played it on a stage it is fair game.”
Not yet complete, the groundbreaking for the stadium was held in February 2011, and the venue is set to open in mid-2012. It is situated on a six-block area of downtown Houston near Minute Maid Park, the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Toyota Center.
“We are very excited about this concert announcement and are fortunate to get an act like Sugarland at the venue,” said Doug Hall, who is general manager of the stadium, in a statement. “We look forward to showcasing the venue to concert fans and making this a new destination in Houston to see a variety of top name artists.”
The “In the Hands of the Fans” tour is the group’s sixth consecutive headlining tour, and kicks off April 5 in Toledo, Ohio.