Tickets for the “LeBron James Welcome Home” party on August 8 at InfoCision Stadium in Akron will be available through Ticketmaster starting on Monday, July 28. Admission is free but there is a limit of six tickets per transaction. The event is being hosted by The LeBron James Family Foundation along with the City of Akron.
Stephanie York, Director of Communications at the Akron Mayor’s Office, told me earlier today that the city is expecting a capacity crowd.
“We won’t know for sure until the tickets become available on Monday, but I’m certainly expecting the event to sell-out pretty quickly,” York said.
Couldn’t agree with her more. This is going to be a heckuva party. Make sure you get your tickets ordered as early as possible on Monday if you’re planning to attend.
Additional details on the event are provided below from a media release issued earlier this afternoon.
“The City of Akron will join with the LeBron James Family Foundation in welcoming LeBron James back to his hometown team at a free public event Friday, August 8, at 7:15 p.m. at InfoCision Stadium-Summa Field on The University of Akron’s campus.
Admission is free, but every person planning to attend must have a ticket, obtainable only through Ticketmaster, beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, July 28. Go to: https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/zips/EN/buy/details/14LEBRON for tickets.
“LeBron has always remained dedicated to Akron and his Wheels for Education kids. Our entire community is happy to celebrate with him and welcome him back to his hometown, Akron, Ohio,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. “We plan to do that in a big way by celebrating those aspects of our community that LeBron himself values most.”
Mayor Plusquellic also said that the event has received strong community support from Akron General, the City’s lead sponsor for the event, as well as Bridgestone Americas, Inc., FirstEnergy Corp., Summa Health System, GoJo, Akron Children’s Hospital, and FirstMerit Bank, all of whom have made contributions to support the August 8 event.
The August 8 event will focus on LeBron’s positive impact on his hometown. For many children and families in Akron, LeBron has had a daily presence in their lives through his “Wheels for Education” program and the “I Promise” campaign, which has reached more than 800 Akron Public school children and their families.
The evening is being shared with LeBron’s 3rd annual Family Reunion for nearly 2,500 of his WFE kids and families, who will occupy Summa Field. In addition to LeBron and a recitation of his “I Promise” pledge, there will be special performances by local community groups and remarks by notable individuals who have been a part of LeBron’s journey. The event will celebrate LeBron’s return to his hometown, and more importantly, the many kids and families in Akron that have been positively impacted by his philanthropic efforts.
Individuals who plan to attend must have a valid ticket to enter. Gates to InfoCision Stadium will open at 6:15 p.m. Parking is available in lots surrounding The University of Akron’s campus. (See http://www.uakron.edu/parking/)
UPDATE: Tickets sold-out by 2:30 p.m. on Monday according to a news release issued by the city of Akron
Photo: Akron Beacon Journal / Phil Masturzo