Rap group Three 6 Mafia will perform the first concert at an indoor arena with fans in attendance since the global outbreak of COVID-19 shut down the live events industry back in mid-March.
The hip-hop group has confirmed an upcoming concert at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, KY scheduled for December 11th, where attendees will reportedly have their temperatures checked prior to entry, masks must be worn at all times, and seating arrangements inside the venue will be limited to a 15% capacity, which also includes the 3,152 patrons and event staff. The indoor event will be hosted by Sean Da Don, while Gem and Real Gates are also on the bill to perform.
According to reports, tickets for the event will be sold in seating blocks for up to six people, although the majority of ticket blocks are limited to four.
“We have been in contact with the KY State Department of Health for many weeks working out the details and coming up with a plan that fulfills the safety protocols recommended by the CDC and the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” Lexington Center Corporation CEO/President Bill Owen said of the upcoming event. “We are confident that the measures we have put in place will provide a safe environment for patrons to come out and enjoy live entertainment. We are excited for this opportunity to reopen our doors and welcome concert-goers back to Rupp Arena!”
Tickets for the December 11th event are now on sale here.
While this is certainly a step toward some sort of normalcy in terms of live concerts, it’s only a small one. The concert will be limited to 15% of the usual capacity, including a max of 3,152 patrons plus event staff, a model that seems financially unsustainable in the longterm. Beyond that, COVID cases have been on the rise all over the country in recent weeks. Kentucky’s curve has been trending upward since the beginning of July, and just this past weekend recorded some of its highest numbers of new cases since the pandemic began. Who knows what the picture will look like there come December.