Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, gospel legends bringing 'The King's Men Tour' to USF Sun Dome in Tampa
On Tuesday, the USF Sun Dome held a formal ribbon cutting ceremony, letting the world know that after $35.6 million in renovations, it was ready once again to host major events -- such as this weekend's University of South Flordia graduation ceremony.
We toured the venue a few days earlier, getting an up-close look at the 10,000-seat venue's many improvements: Lounge and VIP areas for students and season ticket holders, entirely renovated concourses, improved seating around the bowl -- and, we're told, a vastly improved sound system.
Global Spectrum, the Philadelphia firm that now manages the Sun Dome, wants to make it a lot more like Orlando's UCF Arena, which it also manages. That's a good thing for local music fans, as the Sun Dome -- which has hosted concerts by the likes of Frank Sinatra, Madonna, U2 and the White Stripes -- has been silent for months, while the UCF Arena has sucked up concerts by Tool, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock and Avicii.
This summer, the Sun Dome is looking to get back in action. First up is the July 7 Fresh Music Festival, featuring R&B heavyweights Keith Sweat, K-Ci and JoJo, Doug E. Fresh, Guy and SWV. And on Thursday, the Sun Dome announced its second major concert, a gospel mega-tour.
The King's Men Tour will bring gospel titans Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin and Israel Houghton, four of the most successful artists in the genre's history, to the USF Sun Dome on Oct. 2. Tickets are $32.50-$62.50, and they're scheduled to go onsale June 1. Click here for details.
That's two shows in the next six months, and we suspect there'll be a lot more to come. Stay tuned.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*