Homecoming Week will have a special treat for fans of hip-hop and rap as 2 Chainz will be performing Thursday in the Yuengling Center.
The show, which will be opened by Ben Reilly, begins at 8 p.m. with doors opening at 7 p.m. 2 Chainz is expected to finish performing at 10 p.m.
Tickets went on sale Sept. 21 and will also be available on the day of the concert at the arena from 5-9 p.m., according to Center for Student Involvement (CSI) graduate assistant Hannah Sutherland.
Students can purchase tickets for $10 and can bring one guest for $15. Staff, faculty and alumni tickets are $20 while community members who are not affiliated with the university have to pay $25, according to USF’s Homecoming website.
The estimated total cost of the concert, which is being covered by CSI, is about $177,000, with the final payment to 2 Chainz being $105,000, according to CSI Associate Director Joshua Wilson.
This payment is an increase from the $75,000 2019 Homecoming headliner Gunna was paid for his performance at the Yuengling Center.
About 2,500 to 5,000 students are expected to attend the concert, although the Yuengling Center could hold up to 7,000 people, according to Sutherland.
2 Chainz, whose real name is Tauheed Epps, is known for songs such as “We Own It,” “It’s a Vibe” and “Champions.”
The rapper has been nominated for five Grammys and has won the award once alongside Lil’ Wayne for being featured on Chance the Rapper’s song “No Problem” in the Best Rap Performance category.
Students were able to decide on which artist they wanted to perform at the concert by voting through Instagram stories posted by Campus Activities Board (CAB) and writing the names of their favorite artist.
Once a price range was determined, CAB sent a formal survey to the student body so they could rank which performer they’re most interested in. Based on that survey, they started reaching out to agents and attempting to get the highest ranked speaker that they can based off of the availability of the talents, according to Sutherland.