Miller Park transforms for Paul McCartney
By Keller Russell. CREATED Jul 15, 2013 - UPDATED: Jul 16, 2013
MILWAUKEE - Roughly 43,000 people are expected to pack Miller Park for Paul McCartney's sold out show Tuesday, and getting the venue concert ready is no easy task.
Construction for McCartney's "Out There" tour began as soon as the Brewers cleared the field last Wednesday. 16 semi loads of equipment and six tour busses later -- a stage is coming to life.
"All of it works like clockwork. There's a definite method to the madness," said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger.
He gave us a sneak peek of how they transform the baseball stadium into a concert venue fit for a music legend.
"I've been watching for the last several days and frankly amazed at how it all comes together," said Schlesinger.
Crews first lay down a protective covering for the field grass. By Tuesday, 8,500 seats will cover the outfield.
The Brewers don't take any risks with the infield, though. As the most imporant area for play during the season, it's off limits for seating and equipment.
"After the Chesney concert in May the grass was in great condition," explained Schlesinger. "So I think we're expecting the same post McCartney."
Monday McCartney's crew installed lighting and the audio system. They'll do sound checks with the roof both open and closed, though they plan for it to be open as long as it's dry.
As for any behind the scenes on Sir Paul's personality and requests, Schlesinger tells us the music legend is more focused on putting on a good show.
"You know I think Paul does have a list of what kind of foods and things like that but it hasn't been something extraordinary or frankly that got my attention."
If you're headed to the concert, you're encouraged to give yourself plenty of time to find parking. Lots open at 4:30 p.m. Doors to Miller park open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Also -- don't get too excited -- but there is a chance extra tickets could pop up once the lighting and sound is fully set up.
According to the Brewers, the Paul McCartney show is now sold out.
Nick Montes contributed to this report.