Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran Announces North American Arena Tour

Ed Sheeran is coming to a “Castle” near you. Hot off the release of his latest album ÷, the British crooner is heading out on a North American arena tour.

Launching June 29 in Kansas City, the 48-date jaunt continues through Oct. 6 in Nashville. In between, he will hit cities including Toronto, Los Angeles, Houston, and Brooklyn.

Pre-sales through Ticketmaster are set to begin March 13 at 10 a.m. through March 16 at 10 p.m. local time. Remaining tickets will go out to the general public on March 17.

Sheeran appeared on “Today” this morning to break the news. “I’m spending four months in [North] America,” he said. “It’s the most time I’m actually spending in any continent. We’re gonna put this tour on sale and see how it goes, and then maybe next year, come back for some more…Next year’s gonna be the stadiums. This year’s gonna be arenas.”

Beyond the tour, Ed also announced that he’s creating a boy band. “I have a bunch of songs that I think are really, really good boy band pop songs,” he said. “They’re pop, pop, pop songs. There’s one called ‘South of the Border’ that’s a bit funky…I have a big platform, this tour that’s coming up this year and next year, and I have the songs, and we’ve been given a record label by Warner, so I have the infrastructure to do something quite cool, and do it my way. It’ll be nice.”

To give fans a glimpse of what they can expect from the tour, Ed performed a series of tracks on “Today’s” “citi Concert Series,” including “Shape of You,” “Castle on the Hill,” “Supermarket Flowers,” “What Do I Know?” and “Thinking Out Loud.”

÷ is slated to top the Billboard 200 following the success of “Castle on the Hill” and “Shape of You,” which made chart history by becoming the first two songs to debut simultaneously in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

“This album is called ‘divide’ because every single song on it is very divided and eclectic,” Sheeran explained on “Today.” “As soon as you skip a song, it’s completely different…I’m trying to cover all genres and bases.”

Ed Sheeran North American Tour Dates

Jun. 29 – Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
Jun. 30 – Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena
Jul. 1 – St. Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
Jul. 7 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
Jul. 9 – Buffalo, NY – KeyBank Center
Jul. 11 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center
Jul. 14 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 15 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
Jul. 18 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Jul. 19 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Jul. 22 – Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
Jul. 23 – Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
Jul. 25 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Jul. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
Jul. 29 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
Jul. 30 – Portland, OR – Mode Center
Aug. 1 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
Aug. 2 – Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
Aug. 4 – Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena
Aug. 5 – Glendale, AZ – Gila River Arena
Aug. 6 – San Diego, CA – Valley View Casino Center
Aug. 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
Aug. 15 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
Aug. 17 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center
Aug. 18 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
Aug. 19 – Houston, TX – Toyota Center
Aug. 22 – San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
Aug. 25 – Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center
Aug. 29 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Center
Aug. 30 – Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena
Aug. 31 – Orlando, FL – Amway Center
Sept. 2 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
Sept. 3 – Charlotte, NC – Spectrum Center
Sept. 5 – Charleston, SC – North Charleston Center
Sept. 7 – Louisville, KY – KFC YUM! Center
Sept. 8 – Indianapolis, IN – Bankers Life Fieldhouse
Sept. 9 – Cleveland, OH – Quicken Loans Arena
Sept. 12 – Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center
Sept. 15 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
Sept. 17 – St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center
Sept. 19 – Washington, DC – Verizon Center
Sept. 22 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
Sept. 26 – Pittsburgh, PA – PPG Paints Arena
Sept. 27 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena
Sept. 29 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Sept. 30 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
Oct. 3 – Columbus, OH – Nationwide Arena
Oct. 6 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena