MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Big news for Garth Brooks fans — and some thanks to Governor Mark Dayton getting involved. The country superstar announced a second concert after one show sold out in less than an hour.
Brooks announced he’s adding a show on Friday, May 3 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The previously-announced concert is scheduled for Saturday, May 4.
He was supposed to come to Minnesota to make the announcement this morning, but had plane trouble.
Gov. Dayton got involved after 50,000 fans were left virtually “standing in line” and didn’t get tickets last week. The country star replied soon thereafter.
Brooks called Dayton this morning, and talked about the “post from the governor asking for a second show. That was very flattering, very humbling and of course it would be a joy of mine to get to play up there for as many nights as we could for a second night.”
Fans will get a second chance for tickets this Thursday, after the frustrations earlier.
“I tried my iPad, my phone and my notebook computer,” fan Tim Bohmer said. “I got in on my notebook only to wait on a virtual waiting room for a virtually long time.”
After last week, tickets went from being on sale to sold out in just minutes, with thousands of people stuck in that dreaded waiting room with their only intel showing 2,000-plus people in line ahead of them.
“(After) a few hours, I’m like, ‘Screw it, I’m not going to keep waiting,'” fan Katie Wenaas said. “I have better things to do.”
Wenaas and other fans will get a second change Thursday at 10 a.m.
In several Tweets back and forth with Gov. Mark Dayton, Garth Brooks called St. Paul and Minneapolis the place to play, and said he was in for a second show. Tickets will cost $95. As for advice on how to better your odds at getting seats, Ticketmaster has some tips available here.
These will be Brooks’ first shows in the Twin Cities since the 11 shows he did in 2014.