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Bruno Mars adds third show at Aloha Stadium

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    Bruno Mars performed at the Blaisdell Arena in 2014. Bruno Mars is adding a third show at the Aloha Stadium.

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Hawaii wasn’t satisfied with 24K of Bruno Mars magic, or with 48K. How about 72K?

After tickets were snapped up quickly for the first two shows of the Hawaii native’s “24K Magic World Tour” homecoming at Aloha Stadium, a third show has been added at 7 p.m. on Nov. 8. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.

Tickets to the just-announced third show will be for Hawaii residents only for the first 48 hours. There will be no in-person sales at the stadium box office that day.

Stadium manager Scott Chan said they along with the promoter felt it was important to safeguard the public. “Therefore, we agreed to have all ticket sales online.”

Tensions rose between fans at the stadium during the June 16 ticket sales for Mars’ second show where dozens of people camped out and lined up on the street days before tickets went on sale at the box office.

Approximately 850 people stayed overnight at the stadium to purchase tickets to Mars’ second show.

The original show, on Nov. 10, was announced in May and tickets went on sale the morning of June 9. Demand was so great that within two hours Mars announced he’d do a second show on Nov. 11, with tickets going on sale the morning of June 16. Tickets for both shows were supposed to be sold to Hawaii residents only — either at the stadium box office or by phone or online to buyers with credit cards with Hawaii addresses. But the tickets were gone so fast — and the website and app so unpredictable — that many locals were left frustrated, without tickets, only to see them pop up on various resale markets.

It took a little longer to work out the details, but the third show was announced today. As with the first two, The Green and Common Kings will serve as opening acts and ticket prices start at $49.50 plus fees and go up from there, with Ticketmaster’s “dynamic pricing” meaning some tickets have gone for more than $1,300 apiece.

When Mars last played Hawaii, in April 2014, he sold out three shows at Blaisdell Arena. If this third show sells out‚ he’ll wind up playing the same number of sold-out shows at a venue more than four times the size — capacity for November’s shows is approximately 36,000 per night — wrapping up a world tour that has spanned 213 dates, sold in excess of 2.3 million tickets and grossed more than $240 million across a year and a half.

Along the way, Mars has added a few more hit singles — most recently “Versace on the Floor” and “Finesse” (featuring rapper Cardi B) — and a sweep of the major Grammys among the six he won at January’s ceremony. He also starred in his own network TV special, “Bruno Mars: 24K Magic Live at the Apollo,” last November. All of those accomplishments served to raise the Roosevelt graduate’s profile, leading to even greater fervor surrounding his upcoming shows. Fans lined up as early as four days in advance of the most recent sale, even without any guarantee of a chance to buy tickets, and each show was effectively sold out within two hours.

Like the other two shows, Chan anticipates Mars’ third show will quickly sell out.

“This is unprecedented,” he said adding this is the first time in the stadium’s 44-year history that an artist is playing three successive shows and attracting more than 100,000 people.

The band, U2, garnered the largest turnout of 41,000 people for a one-time show at the stadium in 2006. In addition to stadium seats, promoters had offered tickets to stand on the field.

In 1997, approximately 75,000 people attended Michael Jackson’s two sold-out shows on his “HIStory” tour.

Tickets for the Nov. 8 show can be purchased starting at 10 a.m. Friday at ticketmaster.com, via the Ticketmaster app or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

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