Look into Williams-Brice to see final Beyonce’ concert preparations
Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “On The Run II” tour stops at Columbia’s Williams-Brice Stadium on Tuesday.
Here’s a list of everything you need to know about the concert and how to best prepare for the event:
“On The Run II” is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
Gates open at 5:30 p.m.
Opening acts are teenage sisters Chloe x Halle and DJ Khaled.
The Carters’ set list is said to be more than 40 songs. Expect Beyonce to take the stage around 9 p.m.
If you don’t already have one, there are some tickets still available at Ticketmaster.com. Most of the more than 40,000 choice seats have been snapped up, but there are some in the upper decks from $54.50, and on the back rows on the field ranging from $115 to $325.
Expect a lot of it. Think Carolina home game during a work day.
Richland 1 is releasing some area schools early because of traffic concerns — Dreher High School, Olympia Learning Center, A.C. Moore, Rosewood and South Kilbourne elementary schools, and Hand Middle School will dismiss early.
Portions of George Rogers Boulevard in front of Williams-Brice, between Bluff Road and Key Road, will be closed to traffic through Wednesday evening. Expect delays as this is a Tuesday — a normal work day — and some area businesses are operating early or normal business hours.
USC Police will be monitoring traffic issues.
To secure a spot, you might want to prepurchase a parking spot online. You can purchase a ticket online through Ticketmaster. Also, some area businesses are offering spaces in their parking lots. Most lots offer at-gate parking; some of those are cash-only (expect to pay around $50-60).
COMET is offering a shuttle bus to and from the concert for $3. Pickup and drop-off sites are the S.C. State Museum and the Lincoln Street Parking Garage.
Other dos and don’ts
There will be a clear bag policy in place — meaning any necessary items must be carried in a clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bag that is not to exceed 12” x 6 “ x 12” (any logo on the bag can be no larger than 4.5” x 3.4”) or a one-gallon plastic Ziploc or similar brand freezer bag. Small clutch bags should not exceed 4.5” x 6.5” with or without a handle or strap.
Items NOT allowed at the concert include purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch or drawstring bags, luggage of any kind, computer bags, diaper bags, binocular cases, camera bags and non-approved seat cushions that include large traditional seat cushions that have pockets, zippers, compartments or covers.
Also not allowed are coolers, thermoses, cups, bottles, cans or flasks, food of any kind, video cameras, tripods, recording devices, selfie sticks, weapons, alcoholic beverages, umbrellas (this is a rain or shine event), mace or pepper spray, animals (except service animals), laser lights, strobes and pointers, fireworks, explosives, inflatables, flags, unauthorized banners or posters, strollers, masks of any kind and other items that the stadium management team may judge as posing a safety hazard or diminishing the enjoyment of an event by other patrons.