Eagles are about to land at Mosaic Stadium and their nest is already starting to take shape.
The stages for the legendary American rock band and the Memorial Cup opening ceremonies are now visible to anyone driving by the stadium on Saskatchewan Drive.
Shaun Semple is chairman of the host organizing committee for the 100th Memorial Cup and said the set-up crew for the band arrived on Sunday to get ready for Thursday’s show.
“The main stage is being set up right now, it’s basically all erected and they’re just putting in the audio and the visual components of that and we’ll be doing that here today and tomorrow,” Semple said Monday.
Two additional stages – including one at centre field and one in Confederation Park – will be set up by the end of Tuesday.
“It’s the first time I believe that any concert (here) has had three different stages that will be used in the concert and the opening ceremonies and it should be a lot of fun,” Semple said.
While the entertainment set up is important, there is plenty of other work going on to prepare for the crowds. One local food vendor is even introducing special menu items.
In addition to all of the main washrooms on the concourse of the stadium, there will be a number of port-a-potties on the field. Semple said they have more than were at the Guns N’ Roses concert.
In addition to the Eagles concert, the Memorial Cup opening ceremonies will include a tailgate party at Confederation Park, a Snowbirds demonstration, a tribute to the history of the Memorial Cup and the military connection, and even a special musical performance in honour of the Humboldt Broncos.
For his part, Semple guarantees anyone coming to the show will be impressed by the set-up.
As of Tuesday morning, there were still tickets available to the show.