In your face, Jerry Jones. The Cowboys owner may get to boast the biggest indoor concert venue in the state of Texas, but Garth Brooks can sell plenty of tickets in Dallas without it, thank you very much. His strategy? Play seven — yes, seven — shows at the American Airlines Center. Genius.
We've spent plenty of time this year wondering when Brooks was finally going to make plans for a return to North Texas, having not played a show here since 1998. That's 17 years. When he finally made an announcement last week, we were pacified, although it was still a bit of a head-scratcher. Two shows at American Airlines Center? No sign of the Cowboys stadium? George Strait sold it out last summer, so why couldn't Brooks?
Now we know: This morning Brooks added five more shows to his run in September, starting on Thursday, September 17, and running through Tuesday, September 22. The capacity at AAC is 18,500 — over seven shows, Brooks expects to sell way more tickets than the 100,000 that AT&T Stadium can allow — and at a more reasonable price for his fans, as well.
It would seem that he's right, too: Within the first hour of tickets going on sale, it was announced Brooks had already cleared 75,000 tickets sold, breaking his own personal best from his three-night stand at the old Reunion Arena back in 1998. Tickets went on sale this morning at ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks and run a flat rate of $59.32 plus fees, but be prepared for a wait — or to pick up your phone and buy them the old fashioned way, should the servers crash.
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The full list of dates:
Thursday, September 17th 7:30 PM
Friday, September 18th 7:00 PM
Friday, September 18th 10:30PM
Saturday, September 19th 7:00 PM
Saturday, September 19th 10:30 PM
Sunday, September 20th 7:30 PM
Tuesday, September 22nd 7:30 PM