Beyoncé’s Tuesday night show in Raleigh is still on – for now, as far as we know.
That’s the word from tour promoter Live Nation as well as N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium, where setup for the show commenced late last week.
There’s been uncertainty about Beyoncé’s date here for a number of reasons. One is continued fallout from North Carolina’s controversial House Bill 2 law, which has inspired cancellations ranging from Bruce Springsteen to Cirque du Soleil. There is at least one petition urging Beyoncé to do the same in North Carolina (although it has fewer than 1,200 signatures).
Another is a mysterious postponement. On Friday, just days after Beyoncé’s much-heralded Formation Tour opened in Miami, Live Nation announced that the singer’s upcoming Thursday date in Nashville was being indefinitely postponed.
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Live Nation did not give a reason for the postponement – although the Formation Tour Twitter account cited construction delays at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, where the NFL’s Tennessee Titans play. But Nashville television station WSMV quoted a Titans official saying the stadium “was ready and able to host the concert.”
The tour’s first three dates in Miami, Tampa and Atlanta have all happened as scheduled, and Houston on Saturday is also still on. Accompanying the tour is Beyoncé’s acclaimed new video album “Lemonade,” which has topped the charts and dominated mainstream cultural conversations since its April 23 release.
Tuesday’s show will be the first at N.C. State’s Carter-Finley Stadium since the Rolling Stones played there last July.
Where: Carter-Finley Stadium, Raleigh
When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday
Cost: $45-$280 at Ticketmaster or PNC Arena box office
Parking: Lots around Carter-Finley Stadium open at 4 p.m. Tuesday (lining up on roads prior to that time is not permitted), with stadium gates opening at 5:30 p.m. Taxis and Uber drivers can pick up and drop off in the Fairgrounds Reserved Parking Lot at the corner of Trinity Road and Youth Center Drive. Parking fee is $20 per car, $50 per limo and $100 per bus or RV. Cash only.
Prohibited items include: animals, artificial noisemakers, backpacks, bags larger than 14 inches by 14 inches, bicycles, cameras with detachable lenses over three inches, coolers, food or drink, illegal substances, iPads, laser pointers, poles or sticks, signs or banners larger than three feet by two feet, umbrellas, video cameras, weapons.
From I-40 Eastbound – Edwards Mill Road, exit 289
Option 1 – Take Edwards Mill Road exit; turn into Gate E from Edwards Mill Road to enter parking lots.
Option 2 – If Edwards Mill backs up, continue to Gate H.
Option 3 – If Gate H backs up, continue to Blue Ridge Road exit and use Gate F.
From I-40 Westbound, west of downtown – N.C. 54, exit 290
Option 1 – Turn left onto Edwards Mill Road, right on Trinity Road and use Gate C to enter parking lots.
Option 2 – Turn left on Youth Center Drive and cross Trinity Road to use Gate B.
From I-40 Westbound, east of Raleigh – I-440 West, exit 301
Take the Beltline and follow it north of downtown to Wade Avenue West, exit 4B.
From I-440 Westbound – Wade Avenue West, exit 4B
Take Blue Ridge Road exit and use Gate F to enter parking lots.
From US-1 North – Highway 54/Hillsborough Street
Take the exit toward Meredith College and go right, turn right on Blue Ridge Road and left on Trinity Road to use Gate G to enter parking lots (or Fairgrounds parking lots on the left).