TORONTO – Latin superstars Ricky Martin and Enrique Iglesias brought flair and spectacle to Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena on Thursday as the venue welcomed its first concert since the start of the pandemic.
Arena operators say it has been 580 days since a live concert played the indoor space, since local COVID-19 precautions prevented mass gatherings for months.
Fans were alive when Martin performed some of his biggest hits with flamenco dancers and a recorded appearance by Christina Aguilera for the duet “Nobody Wants to Be Lonely”.
Iglesias was the second to appear on stage, performing his Top 40 charts “Hero” and “Be With You”.
The stadium was filled to 50 percent capacity as per provincial regulations. Concertgoers were required to present proof of complete COVID-19 vaccination along with government-issued identification to gain entry to the venue.
The Scotiabank Arena has been gearing up for large gatherings in recent weeks, first by hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs pre-season opener on September 25 and the Toronto Raptors earlier this week.
There are several other concerts on the calendar this year, including Colombian pop star Maluma on October 21, country singer Kane Brown on November 19, and a reunion tour of Genesis on November 25 and 26.
Enrique and Ricky Live! The Tour plays the second night at the Scotiabank Arena on Friday before moving on to Montreal’s Bell Center on Saturday.