Thousands will fill Conseco Fieldhouse on Thursday for a concert that's taken on new meaning in the wake of the fatal stage collapse at the Indiana State Fair.Maroon 5 and Train were scheduled to perform on the grandstands stage days after it collapsed Saturday night ahead of the Sugarland show, killing five people and injuring 45 others.
Special Section: Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse
In the wake of the tragedy, state fair officials worked with members of the bands and officials at the fieldhouse to move the sold-out concert downtown, and making it a benefit event, with all proceeds to be donated to the Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund.Central Indiana Community Foundation spokesman Mike Knight said the concert is expected raise at least $300,000 for the fund."They are essentially putting on a free show. They are coming and are going to donate their time and talents, is about what it amounts to," said state fair spokesman Andy Klotz.Fieldhouse employees and stagehands are also volunteering to work at the event.Maroon 5 and Train fans said they're proud of the bands for supporting Hoosiers in their time of need and glad the money will be donated to the victims' fund."It really shows how, you know, just how the community can come together after a tragedy," said Tiffany Tran."I was surprised at first (that the money would be donated), but then I was really glad," said Jarden Wooten.Train lead singer Pat Monahan offered his condolences in a statement Monday."I am so sad for these people that were injured or worse by this absolutely awful collapse, and I am thinking of you all constantly and sending love," he said. "We hope to be there in a few days and we hope to bring love and a few moments of good cheer and smiles to an amazing state/city with people who are filled with the heart of this country."Hours before Thursday's show, he told 6News' Tanya Spencer he hopes the investigation into the collapse provides some answers as to what went wrong."If times have changed this much and we're adding more to our show, there's more weight on the stage, whatever the changes are, we have to trust that the people renting this equipment for everybody are keeping up with those changes," Monahan said. "Is there anything that could have been done? I don't know the answers to those things, but somebody does."Additional tickets have been opened up for Thursday's show. PJ Morton will open the concert, which begins at 7 p.m.More information about seating and tickets can be found on the state fair's website. All tickets to the Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum concerts, which were canceled after the collapse, and all Sugarland tickets can be returned to the point of purchase for a full refund.
A fund to help the victims and their families has been established by the Central Indiana Community Foundation. Donations can be made online or checks with Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund in the memo line can be sent to CICF, Attn: Indiana State Fair Remembrance Fund at 615 N. Alabama St. Indianapolis, IN 46204.