George Strait Breaks Record for Largest Ticketed Concert in US History


Country music icon George Strait set a record for attendance at a ticketed U.S. concert in his home state of Texas over the weekend.

The “Ocean Front Property” singer delighted 110,905 of his fans at a sold-out show in College Station at Texas A&M University’s Kyle Field on Saturday night, Billboard reported.

While multi-day music festivals such as Coachella, often draw major crowds that are much larger, those gatherings do not meet the criteria for records in concert attendance.

Video of the packed show went viral on social media:

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Texas A&M’s athletic department also shared photos of the electric concert and celebrated Strait’s accomplishment:

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The previous attendance record for a single U.S. show stood for 47 years and was set in 1977. Raceway Park in New Jersey was packed that year by 107,019 people for a Grateful Dead concert, Billboard reported.

Strait, 72, took to his page on the social media platform X before Saturday’s concert to alert his fans that he was expecting a record crowd.

The singer asked people who planned to attend to prepare for a good time but also asked them to wear sunscreen and to ensure they were hydrated.

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Strait is currently promoting a new album called “Cowboys and Dreamers,” which is set for release in September.

The record will feature new music from Strait for the first time in five years.

WHKR reported the album is being dedicated to a few of Strait’s longtime friends who have recently died.

“I’m dedicating this record to my longtime manager and friend Erv Woolsey and my longtime fiddle player and friend Gene Elders (a player on four of these tracks), who we lost on the same day, March 20, 2024, as well as my longtime friend and road manager Tom Foote, who we lost on April 29, 2024,” the singer said of the album.

Strait added, “I will never forget all of the good times we had together. May they rest in peace with our Lord Jesus Christ.”

The country singer honored Woolsey in a Facebook tribute on the day he died.

Over his decades-long career, Strait has amassed 60 number one country hits, Texas Monthly reported.

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Johnathan Jones has worked as a reporter, an editor, and producer in radio, television and digital media.
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