Billy Joel to perform at Notre Dame Stadium

NOTRE DAME, Ind. (WNDU) The House that Rockne Built will be rocked once again.

Next summer, Notre Dame Stadium will again become a concert venue for a top-flight entertainer.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Billy Joel will perform in concert on June 20, 2020.

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“Garth Brooks stole his best song from Billy Joel, let's be honest. Everybody says that Garth Brooks, one of his best songs is 'Shameless.' You know who wrote that? That’s Billy Joel that wrote that song,” said Alan Wesielewski, the associate Notre Dame athletic communications director and a rabid Billy Joel fan.

From Madison Square Garden to Wrigley Field, Wesielewski has been to nine Joel concerts so far.

“I saw him on his 70th birthday this summer. I know that sounds crazy, that he's 70, but he's still as good as he's ever been,” Wesielewski said.

The Notre Dame show was announced in dramatic fashion at a Thursday morning press conference on campus. A mannequin was unveiled wearing a Notre Dame jersey with the name "Joel" emblazoned on the back.

“Billy is six-time Grammy Award winner, he's been presented with Grammy Legend Award, he's inducted into both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as well as the Songwriter Hall of Fame,” said Jason Wright with Live Nation.

This will not be Billy Joel’s first trip to campus. He played the Joyce Center in 1979, and again in 1984. He also played the Stephan Center in 1996.

This will be Joel’s first concert in Notre Dame Stadium and only the second ever held there.

“We’re really committed to that in expanding the portfolio of events in Notre Dame Stadium. It's a deep commitment we have to enhancing the benefits to the community, both from a social and engagement standpoint, so this is going to be fun,” Vice President for University Enterprises and Events Micki Kidder said.

The Billy Joel concert stage will be set up at the south side of the stadium facing north.

There will be less seating available than there was at the Garth Brooks concert, which was held in the round.

Capacity for the Billy Joel concert will be about 45,000 fans.

Ticket prices will start at $53.50 but will vary according to seat location. Ticket sales to the general public will begin at 10 a.m. Eastern on Oct. 18.

Garth Brooks tickets were all priced the same, regardless of location.

From Bohlsen Group:

Legendary musician Billy Joel will make his first ever concert appearance at Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday, June 20 at 8:00 PM. Billy Joel has appeared on campus twice previously, but never at Notre Dame Stadium.

“As we continue to work to bring world class events to Notre Dame and the greater South Bend/Elkhart region, we are excited to have Billy Joel play for his first time at Notre Dame Stadium on June 20, 2020,” said Micki Kidder, Vice President for University Enterprises and Events at Notre Dame.

Returning to South Bend for the first time in 24 years, Billy Joel’s previous appearances at Notre Dame were at the Joyce Center in 1984 and the Stepan Center in 1996.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, October 14 at 10:00 AM local time until Thursday, October 17 at 10:00 PM local time.

Tickets for the general public go on sale Friday, October 18 at 10:00 AM via livenation.com.

Due to high levels of congestion during the on sale time, it can often be difficult to purchase tickets right away. Please continue to check Ticketmaster as tickets will be available throughout the day.

In December 2013, Billy Joel became Madison Square Garden’s first-ever music franchise, joining the ranks of the storied venue’s other original franchises – the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. Since January 2014, Joel has played one show per month at The Garden. This unprecedented and wildly successful residency will mark a 60th consecutive sellout with its January 24, 2019, show and hit its record-setting 100th career MSG show last July.

Billy Joel is one of the biggest concert draws in the world and continues this achievement with an impressive run of sold-out consecutive stadium shows and concert arenas. Having sold 150 million records over the past quarter century, scoring 33 consecutive Top 40 hits, Billy Joel ranks as one of most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in history. The singer/songwriter/composer is the sixth best-selling recording artist of all time and the third best-selling solo artist. In 2016, the Library of Congress selected "Piano Man" for preservation in the National Recording Registry for its "cultural, historic, and artistic significance.”

In November 2014, Billy Joel received both The Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song which honors living musical artists’ lifetime achievement in promoting the genre of song as a vehicle of cultural understanding; entertaining and informing audiences; and inspiring new generations, and the once-in-a-century ASCAP Centennial Award, which is presented to American music icons in recognition of their incomparable accomplishments in their respective music genres and beyond.

In December 2013, Joel received The Kennedy Center Honors, one of the United States' top cultural awards. He is also the recipient of six GRAMMY® Awards, including the prestigious Grammy Legend Award. Joel has been inducted into the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and has received numerous industry awards including a TONY AWARD for "Movin' Out," a Broadway musical based on Joel’s music. For his accomplishments as a musician and as a humanitarian, Joel was honored as the 2002 MusiCares Person Of The Year by the MusiCares Foundation and the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind, the documentary film, explores Joel’s unprecedented franchise at Madison Square Garden. Billy Joel: New York State of Mind won five New York Emmys at the 61st Annual NY Emmy Awards in April 2018.

Joel has also performed alongside other music greats at two of Madison Square Garden’s most extraordinary benefit concerts – “12-12-12, The Concert For Sandy Relief,” which raised awareness and money for those affected by Hurricane Sandy and “The Concert for New York City,” which was held to help aid 9/11 victims and heroes. Billy Joel received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, adding another milestone to his brilliant career.