Garth Reaches Touring Milestone: Five Million Tickets In 60 Cities

Garth Brooks continues to top himself, breaking another touring record last Friday night (Feb. 24) with a record five millionth ticket sold in just 60 cities played on his Garth Brooks World Tour. Brooks was recognized for the feat during his show Friday night at Rogers Place in Edmonton, AB, where wife Trisha Yearwood interrupted her own set to surprise him with the big news.

Yearwood invited Jared Smith, President of Ticketmaster and Michael Evans, President of Arenas for Live Nation to the stage to present Brooks with a commemorative plaque honoring the five million tickets sold in 100 cities during the 1996-1998 world tour along with a second plaque honoring the five millionth ticket sold in just 60 cities during this current tour. Garth Brooks and Ticketmaster have been working together for more than 20 years.

Following that presentation, Bob Nicholson, Oilers Entertainment Group CEO & Vice Chair and Susan Darrington, General Manager of Rogers Place joined the two on stage to unveil a new banner hanging from the rafters celebrating the five millionth ticket sold and Brooks’ nine sold-out concerts at the new Rogers Place in Edmonton. The banner will hang alongside the championship banners of the Edmonton Oilers and Edmonton Oil Kings. As Garth then tried to leave the stage, Trisha stopped him for another surprise – a special video message from Wayne Gretzky that played on the big screen.

In just over two years the tour has sold over five million tickets, making it the biggest tour in the world and breaking records held by acts like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. The tour is presented by Amazon Music Unlimited.

 

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