FORT SILL, Okla._Fort Sill is setting the stage for one of its most popular events of the year, the Summer Concert.
This year's headliner is Grammy-award winner Enrique Iglesias. He's the biggest Latin recording artist in music history, with more than 100-million albums sold. He's bringing his Tour for the Troops to the Polo Field Saturday, June 27. Marines on post have been working since Monday to get the stage prepared.
The main part of the stage is up, but the Marines are still hard at work. They've been at it since 6:00 a.m. Monday preparing for the big day. It takes an entire team to put on the concert. This year, 30 Marines volunteered for the job of getting the stage ready for the one of the biggest international star's to ever perform on post.
"Just make sure that when 7:30 rolls around Saturday, we're ready for the show," said Kyle Simkins, production manager.
And it isn't the first time for Simkins. He was here in 2012 for the Alan Jackson concert. Simkins says the Summer Concert leaves a big impact on the community.
"It allows families to be able to go out and have a good day together as a family, and sometimes it's down to just forgetting about everyday life for that one day," said Simkins.
Marine Private John Schudalla says he is excited to see the production play out after all the hard work is finished.
"Seeing what I personally did, what I helped out to accomplish with my fellow Marines, I think it'll be a good feeling knowing that I did a good public service for the people out here and allow them fun and opportunity," said Pvt. Schudalla.
Schudalla also says his experience with setting up for the show is a good way to build relationships with his fellow Marines.
"It helps bring us together as a team, because whenever we have a task we put our mind together and we get that task done in the most efficient and quickest way possible," said Pvt. Schudalla.
The gates will open Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the show itself kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
MWR representative Brenda Spencer-Ragland has a few things everyone attending the concert needs to know.
"We always have a strong security presence for all of the shows that we do out here. Our procedures that we use for this concert and all of our big events is bring them into a controlled access area. So, we'll be entering in through Gate 2 and then parking on Conklin Field. Then as they come into the venue site itself, we'll bring them in and we'll be checking bags as they enter. It's to make sure we provide a safe environment for all of the attendees we're expecting for the show. But we also want our community members to come out and enjoy a great show," said Spencer-Ragland.
- No weapons are permitted. (This includes small knives, leatherman tools, etc.)
- No recording devices. No pets. No glass.
- Coolers and similar containers are not allowed.
- Refreshments are available at the concert concessions.
- Bags, backpacks, folding chairs, and like items will be checked at event entry point.
- Public consumption of alcoholic beverages are to be restricted to the concert area only.
- Beer will be served only to patrons displaying an alcohol wristband.
- A wristband may be obtained at no charge at the concert entry gate.