New dates will be sought in 2022
Since restarting the tour in July, The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour has entertained over 300,000 fans across the first five cities. Now, with a new wave of the COVID-19 virus spreading across the nation, the tour has arrived at the very difficult decision of cancelling and refunding approximately 350,000 tickets in the tour’s next five cities, or the remaining announced 2021 stops.
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“In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us. Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part. I have asked the wonderful cities of Cincinnati and Charlotte to wait too long and I don’t want to now do that same thing to the great folks in Boston and Baltimore. As far as Nashville, we are looking for a make up date from the July rain out and though this is not COVID related, to make them wait makes me sad, as well. So, it is with a heavy heart we announce the decision to cancel all five shows but with a hopeful heart, we will reschedule and start over when this wave seems to be behind us,” Brooks shares in a statement.
The five concert locations being cancelled are Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, scheduled for September 18th, Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, scheduled for September 25th, M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, scheduled for October 2nd, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, scheduled for October 9th and Nissan Stadium in Nashville which has not been rescheduled yet.
“The joy I have seen in everyone’s faces as live music returns has been more than worth our constant diligence to maintain safety protocols not only for the fans, but for our band, the crew and the hard working staff in these stadiums. Their dedication to safety for the people who fill those seats has been a miracle to watch and a blessing to receive. I am truly grateful,” Brooks adds.
New dates are being sought for 2022 as Brooks’ team continues to monitor the virus’ impact and watch how schools, sports, and other entertainment entities are handling this stage of the pandemic.
“I’m sincerely hoping we are back on tour before the year’s end,” Brooks continues. “With that said, the most important thing to me is fulfilling my end of the Stadium Tour by making sure every show is doable before putting tickets on sale (that is why we pulled the Seattle on sale) and making sure the environment these people are trading their time and money to put themselves into is not only the best experience ever, but also the safest one we can provide.”
Earlier this month, Brooks shared that the tour was in jeopardy due to the virus resurgence. Brooks did not put tickets for his first ever concert at home of the Seahawks — and his only Pacific Northwest and Washington State appearance on the extended three year trek — on sale as originally planned while they assessed the matter.
Since returning from the break, Brooks performed sold out shows in Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Kansas City and Lincoln, where a record-breaking 90k fans were in attendance last weekend. Lincoln is Brooks’ largest selling show since 82k packed Dublin in the 90’s and more than 84k ascended on Denver for an attendance record in 2019 during The Stadium Tour.
The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour has broken records since it launched in 2019, averaging over 83,000 tickets in each city and more two million tickets sold to date. Brooks has shattered attendance records in over 75 cities.