On Monday afternoon, Garth Brooks revealed his comeback tour will kick off in Chicago, then this morning, he revealed it begins Sept. 4 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., just about 15 miles northwest of downtown Chicago.
It's the very same arena Brooks played when he last came through Chicago 17 years ago. Back then, it was called the Rosemont Horizon. The seating capacity for Brooks' show will be 18,000.
Trisha Yearwood, Brooks' wife, will open this first Chicago show. (I think it's safe to assume Brooks will end up playing more than just one night. As of right now, Yearwood's tour calendar could accommodate more husband-wife tour dates.)
"As an entertainer, you get asked a lot, 'What are the best cities to play?'" Brooks said in announcing the initial date. "Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play, and that list always includes Chicago. It is the perfect city to launch the world tour."
Tickets go on sale July 25 at 10 a.m. And as Brooks always tries to do, he has kept the ticket prices as low as possible. With service charges and taxes all included, each ticket will cost no more than $65.50.
There will be a six-ticket limit, and tickets will only be available through Ticketmaster. You can order online or over the phone on July 25 but not in person at the Allstate Arena or at a Ticketmaster location.
Another measure has been set up to ensure that the people buying the concert tickets are fans -- and not scalpers. It's called credit card entry. So if you buy your tickets online or over the phone with a credit card, you'll have to bring that same credit card and a valid government-issued photo ID to the venue.