Twenty NFL stadiums have sold out
Once Kenny Chesney gets rolling, count on the eight-time Entertainer of the Year to think about how he can expand what he does on the road in new and intriguing ways. With soccer fever sweeping the nation, he decided to upgrade his plays in Cincinnati and Salt Lake City to the TQL Stadium and America First Field respectively; the move was inspired by his years of headlining Columbus, Ohio’s Historic Crew Stadium.
“In a lot of ways, soccer stadiums are the best of both worlds,” allows the charismatic songwriter/superstar. “You have the same kind of intimacy that you get in an amphitheater, but it’s big enough you have the ability to really hit the accelerator in terms of energy, music, connecting. It’s a relatively new thing for us to have soccer stadiums, but these are markets where I know there are people who aren’t getting tickets – and everyone in No Shoes Nation knows how I feel about no citizen of our crew left behind.”
Adding three MLS soccer venues isn’t the first Sun Goes Down 2024 changeup. Initially only planning for one Foxborough, Massachusetts show, Chesney added a second, selling both out in a wildly competitive summer of live music. That response was so intense that Chesney added an unprecedented third New England show on Sunday night, which is well over two-thirds sold, too.
“People have choices,” says the only country artist on Billboard’s Top 10 Touring Artists of the Last 25 Years for the past 14 years. “You never want to take fans or the marketplace as a given, and you always want to remember who you do this for: the people who love the music. I want to give people the best night of their summer…because they’re giving me some of the greatest nights of my life! And the response to Sun Goes Down made me decide to try some things.”
Chesney’s soccer stadium shows are Saturday, June 29th at Cincinnati’s TQL Stadium, Tuesday, July 16th at Salt Lake City’s America First Field and Thursday, August 8th at Columbus, Ohio’s Historic Crew Stadium. All three shows on this configuration of Sun Goes Down 2024 will feature CMA Song of the Year and New Artist nominee Megan Moroney and old friend and multiple week No. 1 “When The Sun Goes Down” partner Uncle Kracker.
With “Take Her Home” landing on 133 reporting country stations in its first week, Chesney’s once again hitting a nerve among his fans – often described as the most loyal alongside the Deadheads and Parrotheads – with a real-life song that tracks the moments that define life in the best way possible. The song embraces taking the risks that make real people’s lives sweeter, it’s the essence of No Shoes Nation: people living life who lean in, hang on, and love every single moment along the way.
Presented by Blue Chair Bay Rum, Sun Goes Down 2024 returns the high-velocity musician to touring full-tilt and ready to do what he does best: stadiums. With New England being a stronghold, these shows show the love affair between Chesney and the Northeast continues.
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— Kenny Chesney (@kennychesney) November 28, 2023