20 things to know about Garth Brooks invading Des Moines
The country music superstar and 90,000 of his fans will descend on Des Moines this weekend for a series of concerts.
1. It’s Brooks’ first appearance in Des Moines since selling out the Iowa State Fair Grandstand in 1993.Country megastar Garth Brooks is set to bring his world tour to Wells Fargo Arena in downtown Des Moines for six shows between Friday, April 29 and Tuesday, May 3. Here's everything you need to know about his first Des Moines appearance in more than two decades.
2. He sold more than 70,000 tickets in about an hour when the shows went on sale March 11.
3. Around 90,000 people are expected to attend the six shows, which take place between Friday and Tuesday, May 3.
4. Friday and Saturday night feature double-header shows from the country star. The early show kicks off at 7 p.m. and the late show is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m.
5. Brooks previously appeared in Iowa both at the Iowa State Fair, in 1990, '91 and '93, and the Clay County Fair in '91. He also performed in Ames and Iowa City in the '90s.
6. He’s considered one of the best selling artists ever, moving an estimated 150 million units since his debut record dropped in 1989.
7. The tour, called “Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood,” features no opening act, but fellow country star and Brooks’ wife Trisha Yearwood will appear during the set.
8. The tour kicked off in September 2014 at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois.
9. Des Moines landed six shows in five nights, with May 2 scheduled as an off-day from performing.
10. Other Midwest cities to catch the tour include Omaha, Minneapolis and St. Louis.
Garth Brooks talks about his return to music during a press conference on Oct. 16, 2015 at Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, Ariz.
11. Des Moines landed more performances in one stop from Brooks than Milwaukee, Cleveland or Baltimore.
12. The set list for the shows vary, but Brooks has been playing his own hits, such as “Callin’ Baton Rouge” and “The Dance” as well as covers. He’s performed his take on songs from Billy Joel and Aerosmith at past dates on the tour.
13. Iowa Events Center organizers estimate around 30,000 people will enter the arena on Friday and Saturday night, respectively, between the two shows. It’s the first time in venue history an act has performed two shows in one night.
14. Free parking will be available at the Iowa State Capitol Complex for both the Friday and Saturday night shows.
15. Shuttle buses will run from the Capitol Complex parking to the arena before and after each show. Those who use the service will get picked up at the corner of E. 12th Street and Grand Avenue.
16. Doors to the 7 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday and the 7:30 p.m. shows on Sunday and Tuesday open 90 minutes before the show’s scheduled start time.
Country music star Garth Brooks is scheduled to play six shows in Des Moines in April and May. The shows are scheduled to take place on April 29, April 30, May 1 and May 3. There will be a double-header of shows on April 29 and 30. Ake Phetdavieng/For the Register
17. Two “staging” areas will be set up — inside the Community Choice Credit Union Convention Center and outside the arena's south entrance — and open to the public at 9 p.m., 90 minutes before the scheduled 10:30 p.m. shows on Friday and Saturday. Concert-goers can go through security and get their ticket scanned in this area prior to entering the arena.
18. Those attending can enter the show via the north, south or skywalk arena entrance and should be prepared to go through a standard security check before entering.
19. Head to Cowles Commons at the corner of Third and Walnut Street on Friday and Saturday for “Boots & Brews,” a tailgate party with live music and Iowa brews dished out by the Iowa Craft Beer Tent.
20. Buzzard Billy’s on Third Street will be having a pre-Garth party with drink specials before the weekend shows.