Garth Brooks breaks Tennessee concert attendance record


More than 84,000 were on hand at the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium to see Garth Brooks perform, setting a record for the most people to attend a musical performance in the entire state.

“When you’re dealing with a stadium of this size, everything is bigger. The numbers are bigger, the production holds are bigger. The number of people who showed up today was bigger,” Brooks said to WBIR. “I can only hope this means the fun in this stadium is going to be bigger than I can imagine!”

Brooks played 24 songs total, seven of which were part of an encore which included a rocking singalong of “American Pie.”

Brooks had the crowd going from the moment he stepped on stage in an orange University of Tennessee shirt following eight songs from opener Jon Pardi.

It was the first concert at Neyland Stadium in 16 years.