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Paul McCartney to play Winnipeg's Investors Group Field

After 20 years without a tour date in Winnipeg, Paul McCartney is heading back to the city.

Tweet reveals ‘historic’ performance at Investors Group Field

After 20 years without a tour date in Winnipeg, Paul McCartney is heading back to the river city. CBC's Marjorie Dowhos reports. 2:05

After 20 years without a tour date in Winnipeg, Paul McCartney is heading back to the river city.

The ex-Beatle announced via Twitter he will be playing the Investors Group Field in Winnipeg this summer as part of his Out There tour.

Concert promoters teased a "historic" concert planned for the Investors Group Field to be announced Monday at 11 a.m. but were scooped by McCartney’s official Twitter account.

The tweet read, "Paul has just added a date at the Investors Group Field in Winnipeg to his #OutThere tour! Details at PaulMcCartney.com."

McCartney will play the field on Aug. 12, according to his website. Tickets are expected to range in price from $35 to hundreds of dollars, and officials said the stadium can hold about 35,000 fans for the concert.

The last time McCartney played in Winnipeg was in May 1993 at the old Bombers stadium.

Officials with the MTS Centre said they have been trying for years to get McCartney back in the city.

"We’ve been in contact over the last five years as he started to work again," said Kevin Donnelly, the senior vice-president and general manager of the MTS Centre. "Really, the linchpin was having this building becoming available."

Greg Tonn owns Into the Music in Winnipeg and said he anticipates major interest in the show.

"Lots of customers are Paul McCartney fans. It really is rooted in the whole Beatles phenomenon that began in the ‘60s," said Tonn.

"He really is one of the biggest concert draws in the world."

Tickets for McCartney’s Winnipeg show in August will go on sale at 10 a.m. on April 29 through ticketmaster.ca or livenation.com

Bombers and Jets season-ticket holders, as well as fans registered to Paul McCartney’s website will be eligible to get pre-sale tickets.

Stadium opening

Winnipeg Football Club president Garth Buchko said the Investors Group Field will be open well in time for McCartney’s show.

"The stadium will be open May 26 – our first event," said Buchko.

The field has been plagued by construction problems and delays since last year when the Winnipeg Blue Bombers were forced to play an extra season in their old stadium. 

There is even a lawsuit underway over the delays. 

Buchko wouldn’t confirm if rumors the concession area would not be open in time for the opening were true.

"Those are rumors, and I’m not commenting on rumors," said Buchko.