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UMW to have homecoming concert indoors

The University of Mary Washington recently sent a mailer to nearby residents about upcoming events on the Fredericksburg campus.

The mailer noted that UMW’s homecoming concert this October will be in the brand-new Anderson Center, a multi-use facility that will seat more than 2,500 for concerts and other events. UMW is having  a dedication of the William M. Anderson Center for invited guests on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Taking Back Sunday is the featured band at this year’s homecoming. You can check out the group’s website here.

Rick Pearce, UMW’s vice president for administration and finance, said the school is having the concert indoors because of the noise.  The Anderson Center near U.S. 1 is also a convenient location for students, he said.  “It just seemed like the better place,” Pearce said.

UMW is also not having fireworks at this year’s homecoming due to the cost and a  lack of interest from students, Pearce said.

In the past, UMW has had its homecoming concerts outdoors at the Battleground Athletic Complex on Hanover Street. Last year’s event, which concluded at 9 p.m. with fireworks, featured rapper Wale.

UMW President Rick Hurley apologized to residents for the performance’s “extreme profanity.” Some residents had complained to him about the rapper’s explicit lyrics. You can read last year’s story about the concert here.

“The fact that you could actually hear the words bounce through  the neighborhood was an indication that it was probably a little too loud,” Pearce told me today.