Kanye West rebuilds childhood home for ‘Donda’ listening event at Soldier Field Thursday, photo show – NBC Chicago
Attendees of Kanye’s West’s “Donda” listening event at Soldier Field on Thursday will not be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test to enter, unlike other major concerts held in Chicago.
While such requirements were in place for major events like Lollapalooza, city officials say the outdoor performance of Soldier Field will not need them, but will have other restrictions in place.
“Kanye West’s performance is one of many examples that show Chicago can be open and safe at the same time,” Chicago Park District spokeswoman Michele Lemons said in a statement. “We have been working with Soldier Field on COVID-19 security protocols as we have other locations including Wrigley and Guaranteed Rate Fields and believe this event can be held safely with the appropriate mitigation efforts by square. “
Soldier Field’s capacity will be nearly halved for the event, Lemons said, with just 38,000 people allowed compared to the typical 63,000.
Masks will be optional for the outdoor part of the event, but are still recommended for anyone who has not been vaccinated.
As per guidelines from Soldier Field and an indoor mask warrant in Chicago, face coverings will still be required in indoor spaces. This includes places like the United Club, Miller Lite Midway, Pro Shop, North Garage, bathrooms, elevators, and closed hallways.
Thursday’s show at Soldier Field is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. Tickets for the event went on sale Friday.
The Chicago rapper’s album, which is yet to be released, is named after his mother, Donda West, who died at the age of 58 from complications from plastic surgery in 2007.
Over the weekend, West deleted his entire Instagram account and began posting photos related to the album “Donda” on Instagram, the first of which was his childhood home. NBC Sky 5 footage showed what appeared to be a recreation of this house under construction inside Soldier Field on Tuesday.
West unveiled their 10th studio album to a large crowd at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium last month.
The rapper’s first listening session – which was broadcast live on Apple Music – sold out in Atlanta after announcing that the first public listening to his highly anticipated album would take place. Some of the big names who attended the event were Rick Ross, Khloe Kardashian and his future ex-wife Kim Kardashian West.
West, 44, is known for his roots in Chicago, despite being born in Atlanta, so it’s fitting that the Soldier Field listening event follows.
The latter project follows on from his 2019 gospel-themed album “Jesus is King”, which won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Christian Album.
Last year, West announced on Twitter – complete with a colorful cover art and tracklist – that he would be releasing his latest album. At the time, his tweets indicated that his project would be released on the same day as rival Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” project, but his album ended up being postponed.