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More tickets released as McCartney concert preps begin

By Andrea Olson, KECI Reporter, aolson@keci.com
Published On: Aug 01 2014 07:00:12 PM MDT
Updated On: Aug 01 2014 08:59:19 PM MDT
MISSOULA, Mont. -

The Paul McCartney concert is right around the corner, and if you've been near the Washington-Grizzly Stadium lately, you've likely seen the setup.

On Friday, crews started work on the stage. It's being built on the south end of the stadium in advance of the big day on Tuesday.

University officials tell NBC Montana that this will be one of the most monumental concerts in the history of Montana. There’s not much to look at from outside, but when NBC Montana went inside the stadium on the south end, it was easy to find a lot more going on.

"There are folks in here that do this for a living,  two to three times a month, so we kind of just stay out of their way and help them with whatever they need," said UM Associate Athletic Director Chuck Maes.

With 11 forklifts, two cranes, 14 semis of steel for the stage and even more, "Covering most of the football field there, to about the 20-yard line to about the goal line," said Maes.

The stage will be built over the next two days and after that, they still have more work to do.

"They'll put the towers up, then they'll put the roofs up and get the video screens up and all that fun stuff up, and then they'll work on the back side here with sound," said Maes.

Concert-goers and observers NBC Montana talked with saw what was going on when they hiked the ‘M.’

"I'm thrilled to have such an amazing artist in Missoula. I mean, what an exciting thing! I'm definitely going with my entire family," said Missoula resident Heidi Stone.

"It’s pretty amazing. I mean honestly, I can't believe that he's coming out. I mean, it sold out really fast," said Hamilton resident Tess Rankin.

"A lot of metal, things building up and out," said Missoula resident Jessica Wexler.

Even though there's still more work to be done, Maes tells NBC Montana it will all be worth it in the end.

"I don't think words can describe or give justice to what he will give to the fans that come that night. It will be memorable," said Maes.  

NBC Montana was told about 300 additional tickets for the show were released on Thursday. Those are available at the Griz Tix box office and online. You can click here to buy tickets.

If you are a lucky ticket holder, here's what you need to know: Parking will be limited. Officials are saying to arrive early.

Doors open at 6 p.m. and there's no re-entry. McCartney will take the stage at 8 p.m. so get ready to rock because he'll play for about three hours.

Click here to find out more about the parking plan and pre-show tailgate party.