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Monday, December 04, 2023

Drake to perform at O'Connell Center in Feb.


Tickets go on sale today for Grammy-nominated rapper and singer Drake's Feb. 15 concert at the O'Connell Center.

Students can line up to purchase tickets beginning at 7 a.m. at the University Box Office next to the Reitz Union, and tickets go on sale at 10 a.m.

Drake fan Tori Saputo, a 20-year-old telecommunication junior, said she and two friends plan to get in line at the box office at 6 a.m. to ensure their seats will be close to the stage.

"I like his moody style," Saputo said.

Student Government Productions is helping with promotions so that students receive discounted tickets to the show, said Renee Musson, associate director at the O'Connell Center. However, SGP did not organize the event.

Live Nation Entertainment and Haymon Events are bringing the concert to UF, Musson said, and no student fees will be used to pay the artist.

The University Box Office will sell 2,500 discounted tickets to students at three prices levels. Five hundred tickets will be available for $32, 1,000 for $53 and 1,000 for $74.

The general public can purchase tickets starting at 10 a.m. online at for $45 to $87, and additional surcharges may apply, Musson said.

Drake, 25, was born Aubrey Drake Graham and grew up in Toronto, Canada, according to Drake's MySpace page. He rose to fame playing Jimmy Brooks on the TV show "Degrassi: The Next Generation."

His first studio album, "Thank Me Later," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and later went platinum. In November, he released his second studio album, "Take Care," featuring collaborations with other artists, including Rihanna, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.

Any student with a college ID can buy a discounted ticket at the box office. Only one ID per person will be accepted, Musson said, but each student can buy up to two discounted tickets and up to eight tickets total. The box office will only accept cash.

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Musson said the capacity for the event is between 7,000 and 9,000 people. No general admission is available, she said, only assigned seating.

Elsa Moto, a 20-year-old criminology and psychology sophomore, said the tickets were too expensive for her.

"I like Drake," she said, "but not that much."

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