Frequently Asked Questions

  • The 2018 Star-Spangled Spectacular event will be held at a new venue location: Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University’s Sports + Entertainment Park. Fifth Third Band Stadium is located at the intersection of Busbee Parkway and Big Shanty Road adjacent to the main area of KSU’s campus in Kennesaw, Georgia.

    Venue address:
    Fifth Third Bank Stadium
    3200 George Busbee Parkway NW
    Kennesaw, GA 30144

  • From 2008 to 2017, Kennesaw State University’s annual Star-Spangled Spectacular event was held at the KSU Campus Green. Prior to 2008, the event was held at KSU’s Legacy Gazebo, a considerably smaller on-campus venue. In 2008, Star-Spangled Spectacular was relocated to the Campus Green to accommodate the event’s growing audience and provide expanded guest resources and event facilities.

    In 2018, Star-Spangled Spectacular will be relocated to Fifth Third Bank Stadium at Kennesaw State University’s nearby Sports + Entertainment Park. Relocating Star-Spangled Spectacular to Fifth Third Bank Stadium will further upgrade the guest experience as well as accommodate larger audiences this year and into the future as the event continues to grow. Fifth Third Bank Stadium features excellent event facilities including convenient parking, sufficient restrooms, a variety of food and beverage concessions options, premium views and seating locations, and more.

  • Star-Spangled Spectacular will continue to be a FREE event for members of our community to celebrate the Independence Day holiday and enjoy patriotic music and fireworks in a family-friendly setting. In order to accommodate this event at Fifth Third Bank Stadium, several updated event policies have been put in place to ensure a quality experience for all guests:

    1. No outside food and beverages will be permitted inside the stadium.

    • A variety of concession options will be available for purchase inside the stadium including grilled items such as hamburgers, hotdogs, and chicken sandwiches as well as tater tots, popcorn, snacks, and other assorted specialty items.
    • Several low-cost, family food packages will be available, including:
      • 4 hot dogs, 4 chips, and 4 small drinks – $20 (regularly $33)
      • 4 burgers, 4 chips, and 4 small drinks – $24 (regularly $42)
    • A selection of beer, wine, and soft drinks will be available for purchase inside the stadium.
    • Per the university and stadium tailgating policy, guests may picnic outside the stadium prior to entering the event.
    • Each guest may bring into the stadium one empty water bottle to fill with free water available on site.


    2. The following items WILL NOT be permitted inside the stadium:

    • Outside food and beverages
    • Coolers
    • Oversized bags larger than 12”x12”x12” in size
    • High-backed chairs that obstruct the view of other guests
    • Large golf or oversized umbrellas
    • Sparklers, fireworks, candles, or open flames
    • Oversized banners, flags, decorations, or other large items that obstruct the view of other guests
    • Dogs and other pets except service animals


    3. The following items WILL be permitted inside the stadium:

    • Picnic blankets for on-field seating
    • Bags smaller than 12”x12”x12” in size
    • Low-backed chairs that do not obstruct the view of other guests
    • Small, personal umbrellas
    • Small flags and other patriotic decorations


    4. The following security procedures will be enforced:

    • To ensure the safety and security of all guests, each person entering the stadium will pass through a walk-through metal detector.
    • Guests are encouraged to bring clear bags to speed up entry into the stadium, but a “clear bag policy” WILL NOT be enforced for this event. However, oversized bags larger than 12”x12”x12” will not be permitted inside the stadium.
  • For more information about Fifth Third Bank Stadium, including answers to more frequently asked questions and venue policies, please visit their website: fifththirdbankstadium.com

  • Admission for this event is FREE of charge and open to all members of the public and our community. Free seating is available on the stadium field and in the west stands facing the concert stage. From these seating locations, guests will have fantastic views of the concert and fireworks display.

    Several premium seating options are available for purchase. See details below regarding Stadium Suites and reserved Stadium Tables. To purchase premium seating for this event, please contact the Fifth Third Bank Stadium box office at 470-578-4849 or click here to purchase online.

    Stadium Suites – $800 each

    • Each suite can accommodate up to 16 guests
    • Each suite will include 4 premium parking passes for reserved parking in the nearest parking lot (Gold Lot)
    • Each suite is air conditioned and includes reserved, outdoor boxed seating areas to accommodate all suite guests.
    • Suite guests have access to exclusive reserved restrooms directly adjacent to suites.
    • A catering menu with multiple package options will be made available for purchase at an additional cost.

    Stadium Tables – $250 each

    • Each table can accommodate up to 8 guests and will include a table cloth and 8 chairs.
    • Each table will include 2 premium parking passes for reserved parking in the nearest parking lot (Gold Lot)
    • Stadium tables will be located in reserved bays above west stands/suites (NOT on the field directly in front of stage as they have in past years)
    • Reserved bays WILL NOT be tented, but these areas should be shaded by the start of the performance.
    • A catering menu with multiple package options will be made available for purchase at an additional cost.
  • FREE event parking is available adjacent to the stadium in the Tan, Green, Black, and Grey parking lots. Guests who wish to park as close to the stadium as possible may purchase a premium parking pass for $10 per vehicle to park in the Gold Lot located directly across Busbee Parkway from the stadium. Gold Lot parking passes may be purchased in advance by clicking here or in person upon arriving at the event. A handicap drop-off location will be available in front of the stadium outside Gate B near the stadium box office. See map below for parking lot locations.

    Purchase Premium Parking in the Gold Lot ($10/vehicle)

    Premium Parking ($10/vehicle) Location:

    • Gold Lot address: 3227 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Free Parking Locations:

    • Black Lot address: 625 Big Shanty Rd. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
    • Tan Lot address: 3305 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
    • Green Lot address: 3305 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144
    • Grey Lot address: 3333 Busbee Dr. NW, Kennesaw, GA 30144

    Fifth Third Bank Stadium Parking Map

  • 4 p.m. – Parking lots open
    5 p.m.– Stadium gates open, Family Fun Festival activities begin
    8 p.m.– Star-Spangled Spectacular concert begins
    9:30 p.m. – Fireworks display begins (approximately)
    10 p.m. – Event concludes (approximately)
  • If the event cannot be held on the originally scheduled date (Saturday, June 30) due to inclement weather, the event will be postponed to the following day: Sunday, July 1. In the event of a postponement, updates will be posted on the main KSU website, StarSpangledKSU.com, and all social media platforms for KSU and participating university departments.

    Click here and enter your email address to receive event information and weather updates regarding the 2018 Star-Spangled Spectacular via email.

  • Yes, Fifth Third Bank Stadium meets all ADA requirements and multiple handicap accessible seating locations are available in the stadium for this event. If you have specific needs or questions regarding accessibility and would like to make advance arrangements, please contact the Fifth Third Bank Stadium Box Office at 470-578-4849 and a representative will be happy to assist you. A handicap drop-off location will be available in front of the stadium outside Gate B near the stadium box office.
  • As of October 2014, Kennesaw State University is a smoke/tobacco-free campus. No tobacco products of any kind (chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, vapes, cigarettes, etc.) are allowed inside the Kennesaw State Sports + Entertainment Park, including Fifth Third Bank Stadium. For more information, please visit smokefree.kennesaw.edu.
  • A parent or guardian must complete and sign a waiver to allow children to enjoy the inflatables in the Kids Zone during the Family Fun Festival. Paper copies of the waiver will be available and may be completed on-site in person, or you may download, print, and complete the waiver in advance and bring a paper copy with you to the event.

    View waiver (PDF)

  • Yes! We are happy to welcome a limited number of vendors and exhibitors from the KSU and local business community to participate in this event. To submit a request to be a vendor/exhibitor for this event, please click here.
  • Next year's Star-Spangled Spectacular event will be held on Saturday, June 29, 2019. We hope to see you there!
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