SEVENTEEN To Return To Seoul Stadium In July

SEVENTEEN recently announced a large-scale tour across five cities in Japan later beginning in September. (Courtesy PLEDIS Entertainment)

K-pop boy band SEVENTEEN is set to entertain hometown fans at a live event in Seoul, South Korea this July, as recently announced by the 13-member group’s record label and agency PLEDIS Entertainment. They will be performing at Gocheok Sky Dome, marking their return to the city’s domed baseball stadium after selling out two concerts there last year.

Their 2022 shows served as the starting point of the “Be the Sun” world tour that was booked at venues in both Asian and North American cities last year from June 25 through the 28th of December. The tour supported their fourth studio album Face the Sun, which was released on May 27, 2022, just one month prior to the tour opener.

This summer’s concerts will again kick off a new tour for the group with two performances currently offered to fans. The “Follow to Seoul” event at the stadium will be held July 21-22, with the second show also available via live stream, and the boy band recently announced a large-scale tour across five Japanese cities (Tokyo, Saitama, Aichi, Osaka and Fukuoka) in September, November and December.

To top last year’s “Be the Sun” tour opener at the box office, the July gross at Gocheok Sky Dome will need to surpass 4.47 billion Korean Won (KRW), which converted to $3.72 million in U.S. dollars last June. Likewise, the ticket count will have to beat 34,923 to top the band’s 2022 attendance. The Seoul ticket prices last year ranged from KRW 132,000 to 165,000 (about $102 to $127 USD), while this summer’s prices are listed at KRW 154,000 and 198,000.

Ultimately, the “Be the Sun” trek went on to gross over $58 million on both continents in 2022 with a whopping 542,059 tickets sold at 22 venues – an average of 18,692 tickets sold per show for a gross average just over $2 million. It included 29 performances with most cities hosting one concert — yet two-show engagements were booked at Impact Challenger Hall in Bangkok, Jakarta (Indonesia) International Event & Convention Center and Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Philippines — along with three stadiums in Japan: Tokyo Dome, Nagoya’s Vantelin Dome and Kyocera Dome in Osaka.

Altogether in Asia, the tour featured 15 concerts at nine venues in the fall with grosses accounting for $39 million of SEVENTEEN’s overall box-office haul on the tour. With a ticket count totaling 379,612 in Asia, the Tokyo Dome produced the top individual venue numbers with 93,063 tickets sold for two concerts, Nov. 26-27, and a $7.64 million take.

After the “Be the Sun” tour’s two-night opener in Seoul, the group headed to North America following a six-week break, resuming in Canada on Aug. 10, 2022, with a performance at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. For a monthlong stretch, the tour played arenas in 12 cities — two in Canada and 10 stateside.

Fans in the Los Angeles market gave SEVENTEEN their highest gross in North America with ticket revenue topping $1.79 million for a sold-out performance on Aug. 17 at Kia Forum in Inglewood. Three arenas followed with single-show grosses in the $1.4 million range beginning with Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, with a $1.43 million gross on Sept. 6. Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena grossed $1.42 million on Sept. 3, and Chicago’s United Center logged a gross just over $1.4 million on Aug. 25. Oakland Arena in California had the fifth highest with $1.36 million on Aug. 14.

While the L.A. venue racked up the top box-office haul on the continent, Toronto’s arena drew the largest crowd. Scotiabank Arena welcomed 13,769 fans for their September concert, while Oakland Arena had the top headcount for a U.S. building with 12,601 in attendance. Kia Forum’s ticket count followed with 12,561, and United Center had 12,421. Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C. rounded out the top five with 11,341 tickets.

In Asia, the top three grosses were produced by the Japanese stadiums: Tokyo Dome with $7.64 million, Vantelin Dome with $7 million and Kyocera Dome with $6.32 million. They also moved the most tickets with 93,063; 81,644 and 78,593, respectively.