Highmark Stadium welcomes Steve Miller Band and Don Felder, of The Eagles, June 14.

This summer, live music will return to Station Square for the first time since 2011.

Highmark Stadium, home of the Pittsburgh Riverhounds, will host its inaugural concert June 14 with a performance by the Steve Miller Band, and special guest Don Felder, former lead guitarist of The Eagles.

The stadium’s operator, City View Event Center LLC, has retained longtime concert promoter Rich Engler, formerly of DiCesare Engler Productions, to produce concerts at the facility.

“Is there room for another concert venue in Pittsburgh?” asks Engler. “Uppercase YES.”

“This place is special. The view is second to none.”

The venue will be able to accommodate between 3,500 to 9,000 concertgoers, depending upon placement of the stage. Reserved grandstand seating will be available, as well as general admission on the field itself.

“The grandstands will only be about 45 yards back from the stage,” says Engler, “so those tickets will be fabulous.”

Concert Poster for the inaugural show at Highmark Stadium. Photo Credit: Brian Conway
Concert poster for the inaugural show at Highmark Stadium. Photo Credit: Brian Conway

Engler said that he intends to compete with other venues in town to attract performers.

“Across the river [at Stage AE] is 5,000 seats, and we’re 9,000,” he said.

Also announced: REO Speedwagon, at a date to be determined, with a special guest to be announced.  There will also be a festival performance to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, and the San Francisco Sound, featuring Paul Kantner and David Freiberg of Jefferson Starship; Greatful Dead pianist, Tom Constanten; and more, hosted and mixed by Grateful Dead sound engineer Dan Healy. That, too, is at a date to be determined.

Highmark Stadium opened in April of 2013, on the former site of the IC Light Amphitheatre.

Tickets for the Steve Miller Band and Don Felder go on sale April 20 at 10 a.m., via Ticketmaster. Reserved and general admission tickets will cost $65; VIP tickets are available for $135.

Brian Conway is a writer and photographer whose articles have appeared in the Chicago Tribune and local publications. In his free time, he operates Tripsburgh. Brian lives in the South Side.