Keep Off The Grass

A recent open-records request by the Tulsa World uncovered some of the finer details of U2’s tour books.

The band plays the University of Oklahoma’s Memorial Stadium in Norman Oct. 18 and the paper scored a copy of OU’s board of regents’ contract with Live Nation.

The school is set to earn more than $500,000 in exchange for hosting the show at the stadium, with field rental costs bringing in $200,000 and an additional $300,000 in service fees. The university and LN will apparently split box office convenience fees and the school will keep all profits from concessions and parking, the World reported.

The band will put down a $250,000 deposit to ensure the stadium’s field isn’t damaged, and will be responsible for the cost of “removal, replacement, installation and an initial grow in and maintenance of the grass surface of the game field,” the contract states.

And one other thing – since the stadium is primarily a game field, the contract asks that U2 and Co. keep clear of the football team, using “best efforts not to interfere with the activities and operations of the university or of the football team.” The team will be practicing in and around the stadium in the week leading up to the concert.

The last show Memorial Stadium hosted was apparently 12 years ago during The Rolling Stones’ Bridges to Babylon tour.