Ok, ladies, now let’s get in formation.
The one and only Beyoncé is returning to Ford Field this week for her much buzzed-about Renaissance World Tour. She’s expected to draw a crowd of roughly 60,000 fans to the stadium, so downtown Detroit will be packed with people. It’s the first time she’s performed in Detroit since her 2018 On the Run II Tour with Jay-Z and the third time she’s played Ford Field as a solo act.
Here’s what you need to know about Beyoncé’s Renaissance Tour in Detroit.
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When is the show?
Beyoncé will play at Ford Field on Wednesday, July 26. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. with the powerhouse vocalist scheduled to take the stage between 8-8:30 p.m. for a 2.5-hour show.
Note: As of Wednesday morning, there is a chance of severe weather including thunderstorms, hail and tornadoes between 4 p.m. and midnight on the night of the show. Meteorologists predict that the worst weather will come between 7-9 p.m., so make sure you make a plan to stay safe.
Who’s opening for Beyoncé?
Beyoncé. No, really. She reportedly opens the show with 30 minutes of ballads before kicking off the rest of the set — no other performers in the lineup. So if you don’t want to miss a minute of Queen Bey, plan to take your seat between 7-8 p.m.
What should I wear?
Fans are going all-out for this tour. Think disco, metallics, sequins, glitter. People are even wearing decked-out cowboy hats to coincide with the album’s artwork.
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That being said, with the high demand for the show, lines are expected to be long. When planning your outfit, consider shoes that are comfortable enough for lots of standing, walking and dancing (and maybe a poncho too for this weather).
What can I bring?
Ford Field is enforcing the Clear Bag Policy for the Renaissance World Tour. That means that bags larger than a clutch (no more than 4.5” x 6.5”) carried into the stadium must be made of clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and must not exceed 12” x 6” x 12”. For example, a gallon Ziploc bag would be fine, as long as you don’t mind carrying it all night.
Fans are also prohibited from bringing battery-operated clothing or signs, outside food or beverages (including water) or large flags or banners. For a full list of prohibited items, visit their website.
What is there to eat?
Since outside food and drink is prohibited, you’ll likely want to grab something at the stadium. Ford Field has 50 permanent and 75 portable concession stands around the venue with offerings like hot dogs, chicken tenders, pizza, french fries, beer, soda and water. Just make sure you get your concessions well before the show starts so you don’t miss anything while waiting in a line.
Or, you can grab something to eat before or after the show at places like Tin Roof (which is open until 2 a.m.), Buddy’s (which is open until 11 p.m.) or Detroit Beer Co. (which is open until midnight).
Where should I park?
Ford Field offers pre-paid parking for $50 in their surrounding lots. Fans can reserve their spot ahead of time online, and ADA parking is available in the parking deck on a first come, first served basis.
The Detroit Tigers will play game two of their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park starting at 6:40 p.m. on Wednesday, so there will likely be heavy traffic and even more limited parking that night. Whether you decide to go with official Ford Field parking or choose to search for a better deal elsewhere, I would recommend arriving with plenty of time to spare.
Can I still get tickets?
Yes. As of Wednesday morning, floor seats were going for $400+, lower bowl was $275+ and nosebleeds were $185+ for verified resale tickets on Ticketmaster. A limited number of “Club Renaissance” general admission tickets remain, situated within the stage with standing room only, starting at $1,000 plus fees.
It is possible, however, that resellers will drop their prices significantly in the hours leading up to the show as they get desperate, so keep an eye out if you don’t mind making last-minute plans.
What can I expect from the performance?
The 2.5-hour show will include about 30 songs from throughout Beyoncé’s career, primarily featuring those from her 2022 Renaissance album. The Beyhive is saying the performance is a full-blown spectacle, from the vocals to the visuals. You’ve never had fun like this.
So, you ready?