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Wessman Arena concert on as scheduled

Following yesterday’s explosion and fire at the Husky Energy oil refinery in Superior, the University of Wisconsin-Superior and Yellowjacket Athletics have announced Saturday’s concert featuring Canaan Smith, Maddie & Tae, and Chris Hawkey at Wessman Arena will go on as scheduled.

Doors will open Saturday at 6:30 p.m., with the music starting at 7 p.m.

“As things were unfolded in Superior yesterday, there was a time where we weren’t sure we were going to be able to have the concert Saturday at Wessman Arena. With the evacuation order lifted and our campus returning to operation, we’re excited to announce that Saturday’s show will go on as scheduled,” said UW-Superior Athletics Director Nick Bursik. “We’re looking forward to a great show and providing our campus and community with a time to come together.”

In addition, UW-Superior has announced that all first responders, members of the Red Cross, and employees of Husky Energy will be admitted to the show free of charge.

“On behalf of Yellowjacket Athletics, Canaan Smith, Maddie and Tae & Chris Hawkey, we would like to invite all first responders, members of the Red Cross, and employees of the Husky Energy to be our guests Saturday night. We sincerely appreciate their tremendous efforts in supporting our citizens and community,” Bursik said. “Complimentary tickets will be available to individuals at Wessman Arena Friday (1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.) and Saturday (9:00 a.m. until the start of the show).”

UW-Superior is also donating tickets to The College of St. Scholastica as a token of gratitude for its hospitality and support Thursday.

“This is one of the great things about our Twin Ports community. Our campus community was in a situation of need, one where we needed to evacuate students and find a place for them to stay, and our partners at St. Scholastica welcomed us with open arms, no questions asked,” Bursik said. “We’d be honored to have members of the St. Scholastica community join us for a great night Saturday.”

Finally, UW-Superior announced that it will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the concert.

“Superior Public Services and the American Red Cross went above and beyond in their service to the community yesterday, and we want to take a portion of our ticket sales to donate back to them,” Bursik said. “It’s the least we can do for the people whose efforts helped our community avoid what could have been a tragedy.”

More information on the concert is available here.

Wessman Arena is located at 2701 Catlin Avenue in Superior.