Ed Sheeran Shatters Attendance Records at MetLife Stadium with $18 Million Gross
Ed Sheeran’s highly anticipated shows at East Rutherford’s MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on June 10 and 11 proved to be an unprecedented success, raking in a staggering $18 million in box office gross, according to the stadium’s official announcement to PEOPLE.
Following Ed’s phenomenal performances, the stadium proudly displayed a message confirming his groundbreaking achievement: breaking the all-time attendance record with a massive crowd of 89,106 fans gathered for a single concert.
Taking to Instagram to share his gratitude, Ed Sheeran reflected on the significance of the momentous occasion, stating, “Played my biggest ever USA show today and broke the ticket record at MetLife. I really don’t take this for granted. My dad told me if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere, and today was really reminiscing about playing my first show at Mercury Lounge in 2012 to 130 people. It feels like a dream today. I love you all, see you in Toronto x.”
The Meadowlands performance on June 10 marked Ed’s triumphant return to the iconic stadium, his first appearance since 2018. With his exceptional talent and Grammy-winning status, Ed Sheeran has graced countless arenas and stages across the globe, captivating audiences with his captivating performances.
Kicking off the show with his chart-topping 2021 hit ‘Tides,’ Ed effortlessly transitioned into the rock anthem ‘Blow,’ a collaborative effort with acclaimed artists Chris Stapleton and Bruno Mars.
These remarkable shows formed part of the North American leg of Ed’s ‘+ – = ÷ x Tour,’ aptly referred to as “The Mathematics Tour.” The European leg of the tour, comprising 27 dates, was announced by Ed in September 2021, followed by the addition of the Oceania leg in 2022.
Initially consisting of three shows in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, Ed delighted fans by expanding the tour to include three more cities: Wellington, Auckland, and Brisbane.
Despite the challenges posed by the Canadian wildfires, Ed Sheeran’s concert proceeded as scheduled, even as the East Coast skies remained shrouded in an eerie orange hue caused by the smoke.
The wildfires had sparked concern among residents across the U.S. East Coast and Midwest. Canadian officials confirmed that firefighters were tirelessly battling the blaze, resulting in the sky’s unusual appearance.
Undeterred by the circumstances, MetLife Stadium made an official announcement reaffirming the concert’s continuity. “The concerts remain on schedule for this weekend,” declared the stadium in a statement on June 8. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will provide updates as needed.”
Ed Sheeran’s phenomenal success at MetLife Stadium serves as a testament to his unwavering talent and immense popularity. As he continues to captivate audiences worldwide, fans eagerly anticipate his next groundbreaking performances.
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