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    ASUA planning stadium concert

    The Associated Students of the University of Arizona are in the planning stages for a stadium concert in McKale Center near the end of their elections process.

    “”We have nothing solidified yet because we are currently sending bids to various acts,”” said Erin Hertzog, president of ASUA.

    Hertzog said the UA has not held a stadium concert since 1977, when Fleetwood Mac performed.

    “”ASUA is negotiating with the athletics department to use McKale for a large-scale concert,”” Hertzog said.

    ASUA is finding it difficult to find a date that an artist or band would be able to attend.

    “”There are a lot of factors involved. We have to know when an act is touring, how much it costs and what sort of appeal they have to a college audience,”” Hertzog said.

    ASUA has contacted Kelly Clarkson and John Mayer, but they could not commit to a performance because it conflicted with their tours, Hertzog said.

    “”With a larger venue we have more variety in the acts we can choose,”” Hertzog said. “”It will also be less of a hit to the budget because more students will go and we can turn a profit, which will go to ASUA initiatives.””

    Other than the elections concert, ASUA will still hold the traditional CatFest, a free concert with a local band where students can get to know the candidates running for ASUA positions.

    ASUA elections commissioner David Martinez said they would like to put on a concert like last year’s event, which featured The Format, but on a larger scale.

    “”Music brings people together,”” Martinez said. “”And it’s one of the best ways to increase voter turnout and voter awareness.””

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