Ed Sheeran tour: More than 70K fans expected at singer's Levi's Stadium concert

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
More than 70K fans expected at Ed Sheeran's Levi's Stadium show
Ed Sheeran's The Mathematics Tour at Levi's Stadium this weekend may be the venue's biggest show yet as more than 70,000 fans are expected.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (KGO) -- Levi's Stadium has hosted two of the highest grossing tours of all-time with Taylor Swift and Beyoncé. But Ed Sheeran's The Mathematics Tour this weekend may be the biggest one yet.

"You've got something that's going to draw and even bigger crowd than those other ones," Bay Area News Group Music Critic Jim Harrington said. "You're talking about massively more people heading to Santa Clara this weekend. Something about the size of the Super Bowl."

The buzz was felt in Oakland Friday at the historic Fox Theater, where Sheeran made his first of two Bay Area stops.

Fans lined up hours in advance to see the British folk-pop singer in an intimate setting.

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"It's first-come-first-served as far as seating," Nashville's Patricia Lynch said. "I want to be to be as close as I can because I love him. I love him as an artist. I love him as a human being."

On Saturday, a much bigger crowd will be on hand.

Taylor Swift packed 58,000 Swifties into Levi's and Beyoncé totaled 50,000 in the Bey Hive.

Sheeran's show is sold out as well, Jim Harrington says Sheeran's stage set-up will help his show peak 70,000 fans.

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"With Beyoncé and Taylor, you were looking at massive stage set-ups that would block a huge portion of the seats," Harrington said. "On the other hand, you've got Ed Sheeran who's doing in-the round, so you can absolutely sell 360."

That benefit not only means Sheeran will outsell Swift and Beyoncé, but he may break the Levi's concert attendance record set at the 2015 Grateful Dead Concert of 76,000 fans and the all-time crowd at Levi's for Wrestlemania at 77,000.

Records aside, 58,000 plus 50,000 plus 70,000 equals one incredible summer at Levi's Stadium and for South Bay music fans.

"I think that all three of these Levi's tours that we're seeing through this year - Beyoncé, Taylor and Ed - I think those will probably end up as the top three tours of all-time," Harrington said.

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