Next summer, Justin Bieber is returning to the place where it all started: Hartford’s XL Center.
The Biebs will be back in Connecticut’s capitol city on July 18 as part of a second North American leg to the ‘Believe’ Tour.
“AEG Connecticut is ecstatic to have Justin return to the Capital Region next July,” said Chuck Steedman, AEG Connecticut’s Senior VP and General Manager, in a statement.
“There are not many acts out there with the selling power that this show has – this is a tremendous accomplishment for the venue and all of downtown will see the very positive residual effects. ”
The XL Center estimates that a sold out concert at the 16,000 person venue brings in roughly $750,000 to the local Hartford economy. Needless to say, expectations are that this one will sell out. Fast.
In fact, the XL Center anticipates this being one of their most highly demanded events yet.
“This show was made possible through AEG’s unwavering commitment to the Hartford market and the XL Center.” Steedman’s statement said.
Tickets go on sale this Friday, December 14, at 10 a.m. through Ticketmaster.com and at Ticketmaster locations. Seats go for $45, $59.50, $79.50, and $95.
Special VIP packages are being offered on the tour, which include (alright take a deep breath… …. ) a meet and greet and photo op with the Biebs himself, including autographed memorabilia.
Details on the VIP packs weren’t immediately available, but more info, including price, is expected soon. They’ll wind up being available through AEGLive.com.
Justin Bieber played his first arena concert ever at the XL Center in 2009 to kick off the ‘My World’ tour (click here for a review of that concert).
Bieber’s grown up quite a bit since then, and the hairdo isn’t everything. Believe has been in the top 20 of the Billboard charts since its release (currently at 19), and the album has already been certified platinum.
Despite winning big at the American Music Awards by taking home several awards including Artist of the Year, Bieber received a big fat ‘zero’ Grammy nominations. It just adds to a list of Canada haters he can thank next year.