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McCartney ready to rock GABP

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

It's been 18 years since Paul McCartney played in Cincinnati, but now he's back.

Thursday night's show at Great American Ball Park is the 8th and final stop of his "On the Run" summer tour.

Workers have been preparing all week, transforming Great American Ball Park into McCartney's concert stage. The transformation has not been easy, with 37 tractor trailers arriving at the park. Work began as soon as the Reds game ended on Sunday afternoon. 

Over 100 workers put plastic flooring in the outfield with 800 plus chairs. Cranes and scaffolding were brought in to construct the stage canopy for all the lights, video boards and speakers. All the LED lights on stage are made in Blue Ash. LSI Industries designs and manufactures the 70 feet tall video screen lights used by McCartney and crew.

Gates for the show open at 6 p.m., two hours before the show is scheduled to begin.

But there are some restrictions to be aware of. Fans will not be able to bring in food, beverages, coolers or professional cameras. Purses and bags will be inspected. FBI approved bomb sweeps and metal detector wands will also be used to ensure the safety of the fans. For more on security measures, visit http://cincinnati.reds.mlb.com/cin/ticketing/paul_mccartney.jsp

McCartney last played in Cincinnati at Riverfront Stadium in 1993.

The former Beatle sold out his stops in New York, Detroit, Montreal and Chicago. A few tickets are still available for Thursday's concert in Cincinnati. Click here for the link to purchase tickets.

McCartney played two nights in Chicago. Check out his set list by clicking here.

FOX19 meteorologist Frank Marzullo says the weather will be pleasant for the concert. When gates open, the temperature will be about 87 degrees, and then 82 degrees when the show starts at 8 p.m. Temperatures will fall into the mid 70's as the night continues, with clear skies.

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