Music fans turned out in droves today, April 15th, when tickets became available for the largest celebration in country music history, selling out 70,000 tickets in 18 minutes for both the 50th Anniversary Of The Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music’s Party of the Year on April 19, 2015 from AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, and for ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, home of the Texas Rangers, in Arlington, Texas.  The events were the biggest—and fastest—selling in the Academy’s history.

“We want to thank the fans for their continued support.  This sale was unprecedented and far exceeded our expectations,” said Bob Romeo, CEO of the Academy.  “We’re working hard to plan more events to accommodate as many fans as we can.  Country music is alive and well in North Texas!”

There may be tickets made available as staging for all ACM events becomes finalized and production kill seats open up to reveal more space in each venue – if that happens, the ACM A-List will be notified first. Fans are encouraged to sign up for the ACM A-List for free at to receive event updates.

MusicRow spoke exclusively with ACM CEO Bob Romeo about the fastest-selling event in the Academy’s history. “For the pre-sale, we had 55,000 people hit within the first few minutes. We knew by the time we got to the public on-sale,  that it would sell out even faster. We sold out all of the hotels we had on hold today, and we will put more hotels on hold for fans.”

“For the pre-sale, we had 55,000 people hit within the first few minutes.”

Romeo also explains the staging for next year. “Within the stadium, we will have two stages, each about the size of the MGM Grand Garden Arena stage, with fan pits. Since we’ve sold out so fast, there could be an outside chance that we would offer some outdoor space for a viewing area and do a remote from there. We haven’t addressed that yet as it just sold out today, but as we get our team together we will talk about more opportunities for the fans to take part in what we’re doing.”

Given the size of AT&T Stadium, Romeo also says that they can accommodate about 100 artist tour buses for the first time ever. “The Cowboys [organization] helped us create a bus compound, so we’ll be able to house 100 of the artists’ buses in a secure lot. Close to the lot, there is a door which leads to an elevator and directly down to the stage level. To some degree, it will be as convenient, if not more convenient, for artists that want to house out of their buses. I’m sure for rehearsals on Saturday and for dress [rehearsals] on Sunday, most of the artists will stay on the buses and we’ll pull talent out of the buses. I think from that aspect, it will work really great.”

Romeo also plans to hold a town hall meeting in Nashville for the industry to see the stage diagram, bus parking availability and the logistics of moving the awards show to Texas.

The 50th ACM Awards will be broadcast live for the first time ever from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 8 pm live ET/delayed PT on the CBS Television Network.  Four-time ACM Award winners Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan will return to co-host this super-sized night of incredible country music performances, which will cap off three days of events, including the third annual ACM Party for a Cause: 50 Years of Music & Memories on April 17-18, 2015 at Globe Life Park, in Arlington, Texas. This two-day outdoor music event will include multiple stages for ongoing live country music performances, interactive experiences, a family-friendly country marketplace with food trucks and vendors from around the country, and much more. All participating artists will be announced at a later date.