Greater Boston Concert Venues Feeling Hopeful About Summer Season


BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Hope is on the horizon for some Massachusetts concert venues about the summer season this year.

After Gov. Charlie Baker announced that the state will fully re-open to 100 percent capacity on Aug. 1, Foxboro Town Manager Bill Keegan said the town may be able to get a few concerts in at Gillette Stadium.

"If things continue to go well we may even walk that back further from Aug. 1," he said. "Hopefully we'll be back with some regional and headline shows at least for the fall, maybe for the summer."

Keegan said that it is particularly hard for Gillette because of the stadium's size, as large venues are currently limited to 12 percent seating capacity under state guidelines.

"We may see something late summer," he said. "It's difficult to say if a group can get together that quickly to do that, so it's possible, but we'll have to wait and see."

Gov. Baker also said this week that starting on May 10, venues can increase their seating capacity to 25 percent.

That comes as the Xfinity Center in Mansfield has several concerts lined up for this summer in July through September -- including Jimmy Buffett, Rod Stewart, Dave Matthews Band and The Doobie Brothers.

While those shows are still set to happen, LiveNation is urging people to continue to check for updates, as state Covid-19 guidelines are subject to change over time.

WBZ NewsRadio's Kim Tunnicliffe (@KimWBZ) reports.

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Written by Rachel Armany

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