FORTH WORTH, TX (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
The North Texas Super Bowl XLV Committee announced the details of the first-ever Super Bowl Concert Series.
The series, which opened with Faith Hill at Bass Performance Hall in March, will culminate when her husband, Tim McGraw, headlines what the host committee calls "A Historic Super Celebration for North Texas" on Sept. 10 at Cowboys Stadium.
The concert celebrates the first Super Bowl in North Texas, the 50th anniversary of the Dallas Cowboys and the induction of Emmitt Smith into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Fort Worth's Van Cliburn, whom Lively called "an icon of classical music," will play the national anthem to open the festivities.
That will be followed by seven five-minute films, redone in high definition, celebrating 50 years of Cowboys highlights.
A former Cowboys star will introduce each of the Super Bowl segments. Musical accompaniment will be provided by the University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra.
The Grammy Award-winning McGraw will then take the stage for an hour-long set. The evening will close with an indoor fireworks show.
"We looked at a lot of artists and some had already performed here [Cowboys Stadium], some were touring and couldn't be here, and some had too big an entourage," Lively said according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
McGraw was always at the top of the list, however, because of his country roots, his crossover appeal and the fact that "he is football friendly."
"Tim McGraw understood the purpose of the concert and that everyone can come," Lively said according to the Fort Worth Star Telegram.
Hill played Bass Hall on March 6, and Sting performed at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas on May 22. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers