Garth Brooks to Return to Utah Stadium for First Time in Ten Years

by Jennifer Shea
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Country star Garth Brooks is returning to Rice-Eccles Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah for the first time in ten years to play a show on Saturday, July 17.

Brooks announced the date, part of his Stadium Tour, on Twitter Wednesday. Tickets go on sale May 6 at 10 a.m. MDT.

“The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour Is Coming to Salt Lake City! #GarthInSALTLAKE,” Brooks tweeted. “*all covid rules apply – Team Garth.”

Garth Brooks Playing Salt Lake City

The Stadium Tour began in 2019, and before the pandemic hit, the tour shattered stadium attendance records at every stop, according to PopCulture. It also won the distinction of best-selling country music tour of the year.

But in 2020, Brooks played just one show in February in Detroit before everything shut down. He has since rescheduled many of the tour dates.

The Salt Lake City show will feature in-the-round seating and there is an eight-ticket limit per purchase. Tickets cost $94.95, all-inclusive. Fans who buy tickets also take on themselves the risk of catching COVID-19.

The University of Utah and Rice-Eccles Stadium are still requiring face masks, although Utah’s statewide mandate ended on April 10, per ABC 4.  

Brooks Has Been Spending the Pandemic Working on His Marriage

Brooks and his wife, country singer and cookbook author Trisha Yearwood, have been married for 15 years. And through quarantine as well as through Yearwood’s recent bout with COVID-19, they have only grown closer. Brooks said on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” earlier this spring that they decided to use the extra time together to work on their marriage.

“I think 99.9 percent of the people wouldn’t have done what I do, but I thought since we’re here and we ain’t got nowhere to go, let’s just attack some of the hardest things over the 15 years that bugs one of us,” Brooks told DeGeneres in March. “It was like living in a little house [where] you couldn’t go anywhere, so you couldn’t walk away from the conversation.”

Yearwood, for her part, said it was a balancing act between two alphas. And it was difficult sometimes, she told US Weekly this month.

“I think it was kind of navigating; how do we stay alphas, stay independent, do our own thing, feel like we run our own lives, but be a couple,” she said. “It’s a balance where sometimes one person is running the ship and sometimes the other person is, and sometimes you’re going to butt heads.”

With Brooks back on tour, it looks like Yearwood will soon have a little more space to steer her own ship. But maybe their marriage will grow even stronger for it.

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