Shaquille O'Neal to DJ at Big E's opening night

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Shaquille O'Neal is often associated with a commanding presence on a basketball court, but this fall, he will be commanding a different kind of court.

Officials with the Eastern States Exposition announced Thursday that the NBA star will be spinning the records when he takes the Court of Honor Stage on Friday, September 16 as DJ Diesel.

That Friday also marks the opening night of the fair.

O'Neal's show begins at 8 p.m. and is free with fair admission. VIP opportunities for this event will be announced at a later date.

The entertainment lineup continues to grow ahead of this year's fair. Other acts announced so far include

X Ambassadors, Elle King, Maren Morris

, George Thorogood and the Destroyers, and Lee Brice.

For more information on the 2016 Big E, which runs from September 16 through October 2, you can CLICK HERE.

CLICK HERE to check out videos as we look back at this year's centennial.

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