IOWA CITY — The countdown to one of the biggest concerts of the year in Iowa is on.
The transformation of Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City began Sunday as crews turn the home of the Hawkeyes football team into a venue for some of country music’s biggest stars.
Saturday’s Back Porch Revival show features a performance by headliner Blake Shelton at 9:30 p.m. Before he takes the stage, though, a handful of other acts, including Big and Rich, Thomas Rhett and Tucker Beathard are set to play.
Tickets for the show still are available and there are plenty of other tidbits you’ll want to know about if you’re planning to attend. Here’s what you need to know:
Q. When do the gates open?
A. Gates open at 1 p.m.; music starts at 3 p.m.
Q: What is the show schedule?
Hunter Smith Band, 3-3:30 p.m.; Morgan Frazier and David Ray, 3:45-4:30 p.m.; Tucker Beathard, 5-5:45 p.m.; Big and Rich, 6:15-7:15 p.m.; Thomas Rhett, 7:45-9 p.m.; Blake Shelton, 9:30-11 p.m.
Q. Are tickets still available and who needs one?
A. Tickets are still available. Everyone needs one, regardless of age.
Q. How much do tickets cost?
A. Tickets are $39, $79, $114, $169 and $239 for standing-room-only in front of the stage. Visit www.thebackporchrevival.com to see a seating chart and purchase tickets.
Q. Any refunds?
A. No. The concert is a fundraiser for the Native Fund to aid Iowans after natural disasters, and eventually, also Iowa children facing life-threatening illnesses, and Iowa’s post-9/11 veterans.
Q. Can we park nearby, and is it free?
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A. Parking is $20 in 12 lots near the stadium; three are sold out; Ramp 3 is designated for ADA parking. RV parking is $60 in a lot that’s a 15-minute walk to the stadium. You can buy parking passes online, when you buy your concert tickets. Lots open at 10 a.m. and must be cleared by midnight.
Q. Can we bring beer into the stadium?
A. No, but, for the first time, you can buy beer inside Kinnick. Cost is $6.50 for domestic, $7.50 for Iowa craft beer, limit of two at a time, with ID; no hard liquor.
Q: Is smoking allowed?
Q. What can we bring inside the stadium?
A. The concert follows football game guidelines.
ALLOWED: Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC, not exceeding 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches; binocular cases; blankets and seat cushions; clutch bags that do not exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches, with or without a handle or strap; diaper bag for patrons with infants; 1-gallon clear plastic bag (Ziploc or similar); plastic water bottles (sealed and non-flavored water); exceptions made for medically necessary items after gate inspection.
NOT ALLOWED: Backpacks, purses, handbags and cinch bags; banners and signs; coolers, kegs, camel backs, Thermoses, canned or bottled beverages (except sealed plastic water bottles), footballs, large lens cameras (6 inches or more) or tripods; noisemakers, horns, bugles or any disruptive devices; personal chair backs; strollers; tobacco of any kind (including e-cigarettes); umbrellas. Details: Footballgameday.com
Q. How about re-entry? Can we leave for a while and come back?
Q. Is tailgating allowed?
A. Yes, but glass containers are not. And, no tailgating after the concert.
Q. What if it rains?
A. Just go with the flow; it’s a rain or shine event. (An online, long-range weather forecast says mostly sunny, 20 percent chance of precipitation, high of 79 degrees, low of 59 degrees.)
Q: Where can I find more information?
A: Online at www.thebackporchrevival.com or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.