CLEVELAND — The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will return to Cleveland October 30 and be held at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse as part of a multi-year deal announced Tuesday.
This will be the sixth time the ceremonies have been held in Cleveland, with the previous four taking place in Public Hall in part for its intimacy and also how it looked on television, but with demand for tickets growing plus the space needed for social distancing and the arena’s recent high-tech transformation, leaders say it made sense.
“This is a gem for our community, a jewel, and to have it here at the FieldHouse, we could not be absolutely more proud,” said Len Komoroski, President and CEO of the FieldHouse. “And the timing is perfect… we’ve undergone a $185 million transformation of the FieldHouse which really transformed this into a world-class venue, a venue that’s worthy of the magnitude of the event that the induction ceremonies are.”
Cleveland now plays host to the ceremonies on an every-other-year basis. The question on the minds of many fans, though, is what about tickets for the public?
“Ticketing capacity will be announced prior to our ticket on-sale date,” said Rock Hall President and CEO Greg Harris. “The ticket on-sale announcement will be in July and until then we’re going to monitor best practices and make sure that however we’re seating the event, we’re doing it in a careful and healthy way.”
Representing the diverse genre of rock & roll, this year’s nominees include Mary J. Blige, Kate Bush, Devo, Foo Fighters, The Go-Go’s, Iron Maiden, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Carole King, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, New York Dolls, Rage Against the Machine, Todd Rundgren, Tina Turner, and Dionne Warwick.
Fans can vote for their favorite nominees now through April 30, 2021 at vote.rockhall.com. The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to select the 2021 inductees will be honored on October 30, 2021 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Inductees will be announced in May 2021.
An internationally celebrated museum and attraction, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame generates an estimated $36.5 million impact to the Cleveland economy when the city hosts the Induction Ceremony, as reported by Tourism Economics. Additionally, Rock Hall visitors to Cuyahoga County play a significant role in northeast Ohio’s economy, driving $199 million of impact annually.