Rain forces major change for Fort Sill concert

FORT SILL--The rain that has flooded creeks and roads, homes and lakes is now forcing a major first-time ever move for Fort Sill's July 3rd concert.

For the first time in the 17-year history of the event, the concert will not be held at the Polo Field along I-44 because rain has saturated the field.  Instead, the concert has been moved to the parking lot behind the Fort Sill Federal Credit Union off of Fort Sill Boulevard.

"We've been looking at contigency plans daily for about the last four days," said MWR Director of Marketing Michele Flanagan.  "As of Wednesday evening, we made the call.  We wanted it to be a good, dry experience."

Flanagan said they're still expecting around 8,000 people for the 7pm concert and fireworks display on Tuesday July 3rd.  Unlike in years past when all traffic was routed on post through Key Gate, this year ticket-holders are being asked to enter through the gates on Sheridan Road and Fort Sill Boulevard, in addition to Key Gate.

The Fort Sill MWR Office is encouraging all concert-goers to bring lawn chairs because the concert will be held on the black-top parking lot.  Despite the change in venue, Flanagan said the parking lot is a place they've had events before and one concert-goers should enjoy.

"It's a venue we've produced other events at, so we're used to it, and we're comfortable with it," Flanagan said.  "We're great to go and we're looking forward to a high energy show."

The gates open at 6pm on Tuesday July 3rd and the show starts at 7pm.  All vehicles are subject to search upon entering Fort Sill and all people above 18-years-old must have a valid ID.