Luke Bryan seems to grace Dallas with his don't-call-it-bro-country presence every few months — he was here to play Gexa Energy Pavilion just last summer — so it’s not much of a surprise when he makes plans for a visit. What is surprising, though, is Bryan’s apparent leap from the mid-sized venues of the world into stadium superstardom: In a batch of concert dates released earlier this afternoon, it was revealed that Bryan will be making the step up to AT&T Stadium this coming October.
To put that into perspective, it’s important to remember that Jerryworld is generally reserved for massive acts like the Rolling Stones, Taylor Swift and George Strait’s last tour ever. Not even Adele, literally the biggest star in the world right now, was big enough for AT&T Stadium. Whether the musical gods (who clearly hate Texas) or Bryan’s thousands of dedicated fans are to blame, it’s clear that Dallas is a massive market for bro-country’s bling jeans-wearing elder statesman.
Outside of a co-hosting gig at last year’s Academy of Country Music Awards, Bryan’s most recent appearances in our fair city have been at Gexa Energy Pavilion, a venue with a capacity of around 20,000. As recently as 2011, Bryan was playing the Winstar World Casino’s Global Events Center, which only seats 3,500 fans.
For this tour, though, Bryan is clearly going big. At AT&T Stadium, he's looking at around 60,000 seats (if the venue goes with the floor plan that was used for Taylor Swift’s show) for the extension of his 2015 Kill the Lights tour. Comparatively, Bryan will play Wrigley Field in Chicago, which can hold over 80,000 fans, and will be the first-ever performer at Minneapolis’ U.S. Bank Stadium, which clocks in at just over 70,000 seats.
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Tickets for the October 22 show go on sale January 29 at lukebryan.com, and we’re betting that they don’t fly off the virtual shelves as quickly as, say, Adele’s sold-out Dallas stand, which takes place just a few weeks later. Which begs the question: Could we possibly swap the two, and have Luke Bryan play two nights at the American Airlines Center and give those thousands of Adele fans left ticketless a reprieve from the ridiculous prices on StubHub?