Thunder rolled through Rocky Top Wednesday morning, as legendary performer Garth Brooks announced he is playing a concert at Neyland Stadium on Saturday night, Nov. 16. Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT.
“Hosting Garth Brooks as the University of Tennessee celebrates its 225th anniversary is extra special,” said Chancellor Donde Plowman. “This is a tremendous event, not just for UT, but for Knoxville and the surrounding communities as well. We are excited to work with our community partners to host one of the best-selling musical artists of all time at the best stadium in the country.”
This spectacular show—part of the ongoing Garth Brooks Stadium Tour—by one of the world’s best-selling musical artists of all-time will take place rain or shine in the University of Tennessee’s historic football venue that boasts a capacity of 102,455. It will be the first concert at Neyland Stadium in 16 years and just the third in the venue’s nearly 100-year history.
“This is an incredibly special opportunity for the University of Tennessee to host an event of this magnitude,” UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “I’m grateful to Garth Brooks and his team for working with us to host what is going to be an epic night in Neyland Stadium.
“I know we’ll have a packed house, and ‘The Third Saturday in November’ will go down as a can’t-miss spectacle that fans will never forget.”
The University of Tennessee is hosting the concert with support from Visit Knoxville.
“Visit Knoxville is thrilled to partner with the University of Tennessee for this epic event,” Visit Knoxville President Kim Bumpas said. “Garth Brooks is one of the greatest performers of all-time, and Knoxville has hosted him from the beginning of his storied career. To bring him back to one of the most iconic college sports venues in the country is a huge win for Knoxville.”
Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event cost $94.95, including all fees, and can only be purchased via Ticketmaster through one of the following three methods:
- Online via Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks
- Charge by phone on the Ticketmaster “Garth Brooks Line” – 1-877-654-2784
- Via the Ticketmaster App, which can be downloaded on a mobile device
Sales begin on Friday, Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. ET/9 a.m. CT.
Due to the expected intense ticket demand for this show, it is vitally important for fans to create a Ticketmaster account before the on-sale date of Sept. 13. This will ensure a quicker purchasing experience. Fans are encouraged to visit Ticketmaster.com/GarthBrooks and click on “Insider Tips” to create an account. Fans who already have an existing Ticketmaster account are urged to log in and update their information, such as address and credit card number.
Ticketmaster also offers a “Garth Smart Queue,” or virtual waiting room, feature that goes live one hour before the on-sale time. For information Garth’s Smart Queue, visit the Ticketmaster website.
There is an eight-ticket limit per account, and attendees of all ages must have a ticket. All seats are reserved, and staging will be in-the-round (the entire stadium will be sold, including field-level seats).
NOTE: Tickets will NOT be available for purchase through Knoxville Tickets, the UT Ticket Office or AllVols.com. There will be no pre-sale, and there is no official resale marketplace.
ADDITIONAL CONCERT INFORMATION
Parking will be available through Ticketmaster as part of the ticket-purchasing process. Parking passes will be required to access lots on campus on the day of the concert, just like a Tennessee football gameday.
Detailed information about the Knoxville concert-goer experience, such as local accommodations, will be available online at VisitKnoxville.com/GarthBrooks. Rooms offered at a specialized rate will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and are expected to go fast.
Due to what will be an enormous crowd, fans are reminded to make plans to arrive on campus several hours early, tailgate and enter the stadium well before the show is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET.
Alcohol will be available for purchase at the concert, and important “Know Before You Go” information can be accessed online.
A designated rideshare drop-off/pickup area will be located on Circle Drive near Ayres Hall (not Circle Park).
Concert apparel is available for purchase on GarthBrooks.com and also will be available at Neyland Stadium the day of the show.
HOW DOES THIS CONCERT IMPACT THE ONGOING TENNESSEE FOOTBALL SEASON?
Staging for the Garth Brooks concert will begin early the week of Nov. 11, and a stage will be constructed on a covering over the turf at Shields-Watkins Field.
The Volunteers have an open date the day of the concert (Nov. 16) and play a road game on Nov. 23 before returning to Neyland Stadium to host Vanderbilt for the regular-season finale on Nov. 30.
The university has made plans to restore and re-sod the field beginning on Monday, Nov. 18, and expects the playing surface to be well established and playable when Tennessee kicks off against Vanderbilt.
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