Wilco is set to play in Cougars’ stadium Sunday
Wilco is performing at Kane County Cougars stadium July 8. | Sun-Times Media File
with Andrew Bird
Sunday, July 8
Tickets, $50; parking $5
Cherry Lane just west of Kirk Road, Geneva
Updated: July 4, 2012 5:08PM
For those fans who didn’t snag tickets to one of Wilco’s five Chicago shows in one week last December, the band is heading up an all-local bill this summer at a larger venue: the Kane County Cougars’ stadium in Geneva, and it’s a day the team’s General Manager, Curtis Haug, has been waiting for for some time.
Wilco will perform this Sunday, July 8, at the Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, the official name of the home of the Cougars, and it will be the first time in over two decades that the stadium has been used as a venue. Also on the bill: singer-songwriter Andrew Bird and Chicago soul band the Congregation.
“We had such a great time at our shows in December, but not everyone was able to get tickets,” Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy said earlier this year. “So this time, we’ve made sure that there will be plenty of room for everyone, so anyone who wants to can come out and have a great time with us.”
Haug is tickled pink by the idea.
“Chicago has really embraced Wilco, and we’re happy to have them out,” he said. Holding musical concerts at the stadium was a dream of Haug’s, which will soon become a reality — and he’s hoping it will continue..
“We’ve been trying to do this for a long time. It’s going to be a nice concert with a nice band that’s incredibly popular in this area,” he said. “We feel that once this concert is done, hopefully the door will open to a lot more concerts here.”
The show’s finale will be a fireworks display, and despite the $50 admission, ticket sales are going well, Haug said.
He said he was happy that the production company decided to step out on a limb and try something new.
Haug is confident that crowd control will not be an issue. “We’ve been doing Cougars baseball here for 22 years. We handle big crowds, it’s what we do,” he said.
But, that doesn’t mean there won’t be some nerves.
The Cougars play home games on July 4, 5 and 6, giving workers just one day to set up and prepare for the show.
Seating will be mostly in the stands, but standing room will also be available on the field.
In addition to Wilco, The Great American Road Trip crew will be in Geneva to register voters as part of a drive held at Dave Matthews Band, Wilco, Phish and Furthur concerts across the country.
Their trek, organized by the nonpartisan voter registration organization HeadCount, will collectively cover over 15,000 miles and 103 concerts, and help tens of thousands of people register to vote.
General admission tickets are $50 (children ages 4 and under are free) via eTix.com and at the ballpark box office on Cherry Lane just west of Kirk Road in Geneva.