Hotels across Missoula are fully booked for Paul McCartney’s “Out There” concert Tuesday night at Washington-Grizzly Stadium.
At the Holiday Inn Downtown, front desk manager Courtney Jaynes said that although the hotel completely fills about 10 times a month during summer, the biggest difference with the McCartney show is having a Tuesday booked weeks in advance.
“As soon as tickets went on sale, calls started coming in,” she said.
Because the Holiday Inn normally has enough staff to handle a full hotel, Jaynes said she doesn’t think extra workers will be needed. The only change is likely to be more guests returning late at night or in the early hours of the morning after the show ends.
Downtown hotels aren’t the only ones busy with McCartney fans. On North Reserve Street, Staybridge Suites also will be at capacity the night of the event.
More than 25,000 people will be attending the concert.
“Because everybody in town is sold out, we’re sold out, too,” said operations manager Bailey Ramsted.
She said the main difference is that instead of the extended-stay customers who normally make up more than 30 percent Staybridge’s guests, almost everyone booked for Tuesday will be at the hotel for only a night or two.
Across North Reserve, the Hilton Garden Inn has been booked for months.
Front desk manager William H. Macy IV said all 146 of the hotel’s rooms have been spoken for almost since the day McCartney tickets went on sale in May.
“It’s not unusual – we tend to sell out almost every day during the summer. But Tuesday was booked way farther in advance than most stays,” he said.
Macy said people are still calling and asking to be put on the hotel’s already long waiting list.
Most guests arriving the day of the show are from towns a few hours’ drive away from Missoula as well as surrounding states, especially Idaho and Washington, he said.
At Washington-Grizzly Stadium on Sunday, crews finished setting up the stage and preparing the rest of the arena, a three-day process that began Friday morning.
Chuck Maes, University of Montana associate athletic director for internal operations – who oversees events at the athletic facilities – said preparations have been right on schedule.
“They’re just putting the finishing touches in place. The stage and the roof are all in, the coverings on the unused seats behind the stage are on,” he said.
After finishing a show in Minneapolis on Saturday, McCartney’s production team was expected to arrive in Missoula on Sunday night. Maes said they will have the opportunity to update any last-minute details before they begin installing speakers, lights, video screens and more Monday morning.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. Tuesday. McCartney’s performance is expected to be about three hours long with a 30- to 40-song set list, Maes said.