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The Stadium of Fire is an annual event held in the Brigham Young University's LaVell Edwards Stadium on the 4th of July. It is one of the main events for the Provo Freedom Festival.[1]

It has hosted several famous performers over the years, including, the Beach Boys, Mandy Moore, Taylor Hicks,[2] The Osmonds, Lonestar, Lucy Lawless, Toby Keith, Lee Ann Womack,[3] Corbin Bleu, Brooks and Dunn, and Miley Cyrus.

Each year the show has around 50,000 people in attendance.

In 2005, the show decided to break a world record (already held by itself) by blowing up over "1 million and more" firecrackers at once.

The Stadium of Fire was originally the creation of Alan Osmond, one of The Osmonds.

Because this is the "fireworks" portion of the July 4th celebration for Provo City and surrounding communities, as many 100,000 more people surround the stadium to watch the fireworks portion of the show.

The July 2008 headliner was Miley Cyrus along with the sci-fi music trio Blue Man Group. The show was hosted by political radio personality Glenn Beck and tickets sold out in 20 minutes.

Recently, the event has been criticized for its booking of only conservative leaning radio/television pundits for the responsibility of hosting the event, with some indicating a possible 'agenda' of sorts behind the event. FoxNews personalities Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity have both hosted Stadium of Fire. This is the reported reason that event coordinators John and Sheri Whittaker left the organization in 2004.

Stadium Performers
Year Performer(s)
1980 The Osmonds
1981 The Osmonds
1982 The Osmonds
1983 The Osmonds
1984 Lee Greenwood; Donny, Marie, and Jimmy Osmond
1985 Roy Clark, David Hasselhoff, Miss America-Sharlene Wells, The Osmond Brothers
1986 Crystal Gayle, Mr. T., Donnie & Marie Osmond
1987 Bob Hope The Osmond Boys (2nd Generation), Miss America-Kellye Cash, Thurl Bailey
1988 Rich Little; Mary Hart; Emanuel Lewis, Osmond Brothers
1989 NBC weatherman Willard Scott; Keshia Knight Pulliam; The Osmond Boys; The Jets (band)
1990 Osmond Family, Wayne Newton, Highway 101 (band)
1991 Andy Williams; Phylicia Rashad; Lorrie Morgan
1992 Beach Boys
1993 Kenny Loggins,Jeffrey Osborne, Miss America Leanza Cornett
1994 Oak Ridge Boys; Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Mickey Mouse & His ToonTown Friends
1995 Barbara Mandrell, Jay Leno, Utah Symphony
1996 Donny Osmond; Kurt Bestor
1997 Natalie Cole, The Jets (band)
1998 Huey Lewis and the News
1999 Gladys Knight;All-4-One,Harry James Orchestra, Lex de Azevedo
2000 Alabama;Osmonds-Second Generation
2001 Sawyer Brown
2002 Toby Keith
2003 Martina McBride, Sean Hannity
2004 Reba McIntire, Sean Hannity
2005 [4] Mandy Moore; Lonestar; Debbie Reynolds; Lou Diamond Phillips; Lucy Lawless; The Osmonds
2006 Taylor Hicks; Lee Ann Womack
2007 Brooks & Dunn; Corbin Bleu, Glenn Beck
2008 Miley Cyrus; Blue Man Group, Glenn Beck
2009 [5] Jonas Brothers; SHeDAISY, Glenn Beck

Notes

  1. ^ http://www.freedomfestival.org/
  2. ^ New 'Idol' to perform in Provo
  3. ^ Stadium of Fire is blast with Idol star and stripes
  4. ^ http://www.lucylawless.info/stadium-of-fire/sof-press.php
  5. ^ Provo Cheers for Freedom and the Jonas Brothers

References

http://www.freedomfestival.org/public/stadium/

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