Khalid El Paso Benefit Concert: “There Will Only Be One Show” and Not at Sun Bowl Stadium
Every since Khalid’s concert to benefit El Paso shooting victims and their families sold out within minutes of going on sale last week, social media has been flooded with comments requesting a second show and/or that it be moved to Sun Bowl Stadium.
Well Khalid fans, your
complaints whining remarks have not gone unnoticed.
Unfortunately, neither suggested option is going to happen. The Great Khalid Foundation, which is co-presenting the event with Right Hand Foundation, addressed both things in a tweet thanking everyone for their support, but stated "there will only be one show."
The message in its entirety read:
We thank you all so much for supporting “A Night for Suncity”. We are aware of the audience count in other local venues however, Khalid and his team have chosen Don Haskins to support the logistical and production needs of the show. There will only be one show. Our intention is to bring light into the city with a celebration of life and love.
Elizabeth Anchondo, Event/Media Coordinator for the foundation, added via email, "Logistically, an outdoor show is very different from an indoor show. His Free Spirit tour that is winding down now is an indoor show so it makes more sense to stay in that vein when we are essentially putting on an event that wasn’t supposed to happen in such a short period of time."
Jorge Vazquez, Executive Director of the UTEP Special Events Center, agreed with Anchondo's statements. "A stadium show is more complex and expensive in terms of production such as staging, sound, lights, labor, rentals, etc., and requires much much more time for load in/out," he explained via email.
"Also, remember that the Sun Bowl Stadium is currently undergoing major repairs and construction. Even if we wanted to have a concert in that facility we would be unable to. We have to be ready for the football season coming up in a few days and delaying construction would not allow us to reach this important deadline."
Khalid is personally putting up the money to make the concert happen so all the funds raised will go towards the families of the victims of the Walmart mass shooting. UTEP is providing their facility free of charge.