He's coming home! Bruno Mars officially announces upcoming Hawaii concert
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Grammy Award-winning musician Bruno Mars is coming back to Hawaii. And this time, he's performing at Aloha Stadium.
The Hawaii native and Roosevelt High School graduate made the official announcement on Instagram this week in a series of posts that simply read "I'm. Coming. Home." And his special guests for the homecoming: The Green and Common Kings.
Tickets, which range from $49.50 to $125, will go on sale to the general public on June 9 at 10 a.m. Hawaii time on Ticketmaster and at the venue box office.
Aloha Stadium officials say hosting Mars' homecoming concert is a huge opportunity.
"We are truly honored to host this event, especially knowing he's a local boy," said Scott Chan, Aloha Stadium manager.
A seat map shows more than half of the stadium seats and all of the field will be used for the concert.
"We're looking at a horseshoe, so you'll have the front of the stage on the 20 yard line on the North end. The seats on the field will cover several thousand seats, and if we can open up further we may be doing that," said Chan.
Bruno Mars fans say they can't wait.
"Just to see someone rise to that level of fame from Hawaii is just amazing. This is his home. This is his state," said Sharie Ibarra.
With every big event, stadium officials say there are always concerns about traffic. They are encouraging concert goers to plan ahead and expect delays.
"Knowing that we have construction going on with HART, we're limited to 7,000 stalls and we only have several points of access. If we're selling anything above 30,000 tickets, it's going to be a challenging day for traffic," Chan said.
Ticketmaster purchases, however, will be restricted to credit cards with Hawaii billing zip codes only until June 11 at 10 a.m. Hawaii time.
Hawaii News Now first reported plans for the concert – which will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Aloha Stadium – earlier this month.
Mars' latest album, 24K Magic, swept the Grammy Awards in January, winning both the Record and Album of the Year awards. The album's hit single, 'That's What I Like,' won the Song of the Year award.
He last performed in Hawaii at the Blaisdell Arena in April of 2014, at the start of his 'Moonshine Jungle' World Tour. Tickets for his three shows were snatched up in record-setting time, within just a few hours.
People also stood in long lines waiting to buy tickets only to find out that they were sold out within hours. It's believed that many of these tickets were sold to scalpers on the mainland.
The incident changed the landscape of big concerts in Hawaii, prompting lawmakers to push legislation preventing people from scalping tickets.
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