Garth Brooks proves he’s country’s top dog with record-breaking Knoxville concert

CMA Entertainer Of The Year slashes records hosting the largest attendance in Neyland Stadium and Tennessee history for a single concert event

Reigning seven-time CMA “Entertainer of The Year,” Garth Brooks brought the house down with his tenth The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour stop with a record-breaking concert at Knoxville, TN’s Neyland Stadium. Performing the first concert at Neyland Stadium in 16 years, Brooks connected with fans from all over. Breaking the Neyland Stadium and the state of Tennessee’s attendance record for a single concert event, Brooks was welcomed on Saturday night (Nov 16th) with roars of over 84,000 eager fans gearing up for an unforgettable performance.

Kicking off the night was an energetic opening set by Jon Pardi, followed by Brooks who took the stage with all of his fan-favorite hits in tow as well as newer tracks and covers. Knoxville News Sentinel declared the “crowd sang, screamed, cheered and danced throughout Brooks’ nearly two-hour set…[his] energy and experience as a performer electrified Neyland as he ran around the stage in a Tennessee orange shirt.” Brooks’ set also included his current Top 20 and rising, “rowdy” (Rolling Stone) single with Blake Shelton, “Dive Bar.” The official music video for the single was just released featuring Brooks and Shelton, accumulating 26 million views on Facebook in the first 72 hours following the premiere with more than 30 million within the first five days of release.

It was also recently announced that the next stadium show will land in the new year in Detroit, MI at Ford Field on February 22nd, for Brooks’ only stadium tour stop to be held in Michigan. Tickets will go on sale this Friday, November 22nd at 10 am EST via

Since the tour launch, Brooks has broken stadium attendance records in St. Louis, MO at The Dome at America’s Center, Glendale, AZ at State Farm Stadium, Gainesville, FL at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, two sold out nights at Minneapolis, MN’s U.S. Bank Stadium, Denver, CO at Mile High Stadium, Eugene, OR at Autzen Stadium and two sold out nights at Boise, ID’s Albertsons Stadium shows on July 19th and July 20th, both of which sold out in under an hour, and the most recent show in Knoxville, TN at Neyland Stadium. This year, the tour averaged just over 83,000 tickets in each city and over 914,000 tickets sold to date.

Brooks is also set to simultaneously bring his intimate Dive Bar Tour to a close, announcing the sixth and seventh stops of the stint to be held on the same night, December 2. The sixth stop will be at Prospectors in Mt. Laurel, NJ followed immediately by the seventh stop at Six String in Foxboro, MA. Times for the shows will be announced closer to the event and tickets can only be won through radio contesting.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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