Baltimore can’t seem to get enough of Bruce Springsteen.
The legendary musician and his E Street Band will return to the city for the second time in 2023 for a show at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on Sept. 9. Springsteen announced additional tour dates Tuesday, bringing him back to Baltimore after playing what is being billed as the official grand opening of the renovated CFG Bank Arena on April 7.
It’s the second straight season the Orioles have landed a major concert. Last year, Paul McCartney played a show at Oriole Park. The ballclub also hosted Billy Joel in 2019.
“As a lifelong fan of Bruce Springsteen and of my hometown, it’s an honor to announce that on September 9, 2023, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will play their first ever outdoor stadium show in Baltimore at Oriole Park at Camden Yards,” Orioles chairman and CEO John Angelos said in a statement.
According to a copy of the Oriole Park lease between the Orioles and the Maryland Stadium Authority, which owns the ballpark, the MSA has the option to participate financially in any non-baseball special event held at Camden Yards. Should the MSA opt in, it would receive 45% of the revenue, compared to 55% going to the Orioles.
However, for the McCartney concert, the MSA agreed to a request from the Orioles not to participate in receiving financial incentives from the show. That gave the Orioles all the revenue, but it also left the baseball organization to assume all risk should the concert lose money.
When fans buy tickets at Camden Yards, there is an amusement tax included, with a percentage going to the MSA. In a meeting last year, outgoing MSA chairman Tom Kelso noted that “8% of something is better than 45% of nothing,” referencing the tax revenue the authority would still receive.
“Given MSA’s desire to maximize the number of non-MLB and non-NFL events at the stadiums in order to promote diversity of events and increase economic impact to the state of Maryland, we believe our opting-out of this and potentially other future concerts will best help to achieve those goals,” a statement last year from the MSA read.
A spokesperson for the MSA did not immediately return a request for comment. Nor did an Orioles spokesperson.
Springsteen’s tour brings him around North America, with 18 additional city stops announced Tuesday. He and his band will also perform at the Cubs’ Wrigley Field in Chicago, Washington’s Nationals Park and Phillies’ Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, among others.
Fans can purchase tickets as a “verified fan” through Ticketmaster. Registration to become a verified fan is open through Feb. 19 at 11:59 p.m. Registering doesn’t guarantee tickets, however, as there is expected to be more demand than available tickets.
A lottery-style process will decide which registered fans will receive an access code. Tickets will then go on sale Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.