Despite troubles with Ticketmaster, Garth Brooks has sold out all three of his Atlanta shows on the first southern stop of his World Tour with wife Trisha Yearwood.
Tickets for Brooks’ and Yearwood’s three Atlanta shows, September 19th and 20th at Philips Arena, went on sale at 10 am ET on Friday (August 8th) leaving many fans frustrated when they couldn’t get tickets due to technical difficulties with Ticketmaster. It was reported that over 100,000 fans waited in the queue attempting to purchase tickets and sales had to be suspended for awhile.
Brooks expressed his frustration on the air at Kicks 101.5 FM in Atlanta during the debacle.
“At this point I can’t say anything,” Brooks said of when tickets would go back on sale. “What I want to say to you is we’re going to do it right next time and I don’t know why it’s taking so long for anything to happen.”
“I don’t feel like we were prepared.”
Brooks stated that some fans still hadn’t gotten their tickets two hours after the sales began.
“Ticketmaster will figure this out and tell me,” Brooks said. “Tell (the fans) for me that I love them to pieces. I don’t feel like we were prepared. I say we need to take a break and regroup because if we get a second shot we can’t … mess that up.”
Yearwood took to social media to encourage fans the issues were being worked out.
Yearwood even had trouble herself when she tested the system.
Initially announced as a single show for September 19th, Brooks added a second show on September 20th and a third following the first on September 19th with all 53,000 tickets sold. This is the first time in 18 years Brooks has played Atlanta.
Brooks has only announced three shows for Atlanta at this time with many fans expecting that more would be added like the ten in Chicago the week before. More than 140,000 tickets were sold for the Chicago stop with more tickets being released earlier this week, most likely due to third party vendor sales being flagged and resold.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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