Garth Brooks celebrated the five millionth ticket sold on The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood and nine sold out concerts Friday (Feb 25th) at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB. On the 1996-1998 tour the five millionth ticket was in College Station, TX during November 19 – 22, 1998 at Reed Arena. It was the 100th city on the tour. This time, it has only taken 60 cities. The tour is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited.
Twitter fans had #Garth5Million trending, sharing their Garth memories and concert highlights. Brooks himself posted a video on Facebook just before going to greet the five millionth ticket holder.
The pair awarded a husband and wife with a Lexus SUV and a Nissan truck along with a $5k shopping spree to Amazon, $5k Edmonton mall shopping spree, a trip for two to the Wynn Las Vegas and a bunch of Garth and Trisha merch.
The surprise presentation began as Yearwood interrupted her own set to invite up Jared Smith, President of Ticketmaster and Michael Evans, President of Arenas for Live Nation. They presented Brooks with a commemorative plaque honoring the five million tickets sold in 100 cities during the 1996-1998 world tour but they then presented Brooks with a second plaque honoring the five millionth ticket sold in just 60 cities during the current tour. Garth Brooks and Ticketmaster have been working together for more than twenty years to ensure tickets get into the hands of real fans.
“That is awesome! I don’t know how it gets better than this”
As Brooks tried to leave the stage so Yearwood could finish her set, Trisha stopped him and invited up Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair and Susan Darrington, General Manager of Rogers Place. They ascended the stage to unveil a new banner hanging from the rafters, celebrating the five millionth ticket sold and nine sold out concerts played at the new Rogers Place in Edmonton. The banner will hang alongside the championship banners of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings.
Brooks tried to leave again but Yearwood stopped him one more time for a very special video message from Wayne Gretzky that played on the big screen. What followed was roaring applause as Brooks took in the newly hung banner.