Paul McCartney One Year Later
Congrats to Cavin Krastins the winner of the Paul McCartney Jersey!
More than 25 years have passed since the first patrons walked through the turnstiles of the Times Union Center. There have been countless concerts, performances and sporting events since Frank Sinatra christened the arena on January 30, 1990.
Everyone has their favorite experience, but arguably there was none more memorable than when Paul McCartney took the stage on July 5, 2014. The show sold out in 28 minutes and lured national media coverage, including Rolling Stone, the Associated Press and major television networks.
Times Union Center General Manager Bob Belber called it the biggest show in the arena’s history.
So what happens when one of the greatest musicians EVER asks if he can use your locker room? You let the man have free reign.
“The opportunity presented itself and we were able to accommodate Mr. McCartney and his team,” said Devils CEO Chris Ciceri. “Logistically these things don’t always work out, but we were glad it did and we were able to provide a comfortable environment before this show.”
McCartney highlighted his Albany concert, which kicked off the “Out There” tour, on his Youtube channel. During a behind-the-scenes segment, the Devils logo is easily recognizable.
What the video doesn’t show is that two commemorative Albany Devils jerseys were issued for the event. Both nameplated with “McCartney” and patched with the number “14” for the year.
Graciously, the jerseys have been/are being put to good use. The first jersey was raffled off during “Devils Fight Cancer” night in March and helped raise thousands of dollars for The Melodies Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Albany Medical Center.
The second sweater is for the fans.
Leading up to the one-year anniversary of the performance, all fans will have a chance to enter-to-win the McCartney jersey. The winner will be announced at 8 pm on July 5.