Justin Timberlake’s Wednesday night concert at Rupp Arena grossed $2 million, making it the highest-grossing one-night concert in Rupp Arena history.
Timberlake’s show bested the previous record set by the Eagles, which grossed $1.8 million in June 2015.
“But that total will soon be eclipsed by Paul McCartney,” said Carl Hall, who oversees Rupp Arena for the Lexington Center Corporation. The totals for the Timberlake show were announced Thursday during a Lexington Center Corp. board meeting.
McCartney’s June 2019 concert at Rupp Arena — with ticket prices starting at $133 and going way up, like well into four figures at Ticketmaster — is expected to gross more than $2.4 million, Hall said. The former Beatle has not played at Rupp Arena since 1990.
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Lexington Center Corp. entered into an agreement with the Oak View Group in 2017 bring more concerts and special events to Rupp Arena. The Oak View Group is a consortium of more than 27 venues. The group also has a partnership with Live Nation, the largest concert and live entertainment venue in the nation. The Timberlake and McCartney shows were booked through Oak View Group.
Hall said Oak View has been able to bring more events and more diverse concerts that span multiple genres — rock, rap, country and family-friendly shows.
“That brings different people to different shows,” Hall said. “Bookings are definitely up.”
But the highest-grossing act ever to play Rupp Arena is Garth Brooks, whose four-show concert series in 2014 generated $4.2 million.