Concerts for country music superstar Garth Brooks are generating unprecedented buzz and fans are ready to attend the two Edmonton shows – the only one in Canada on his stadium tour that also crosses the United States and Ireland.
Barnie Yerxa is the general manager of Delta hotels in southern Edmonton and the City Center shopping center in the city center.
He said that once the tickets went on sale earlier this year, their hotels immediately started seeing reservations.
“From a typical weekend to a Garth weekend, you could probably say that our city-wide occupancy rates have increased by 150 percent,” Yerxa said.
“The fact that it’s the only Canadian show, people come from all over (the country).”
Yerxa said it seems like people are making a weekend out of their trip too.
“We’re definitely seeing people coming in on the shoulder nights this weekend and also the extra night on Sunday night.”
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Explore Edmonton President & CEO Traci Bednard said all businesses and hotels in the city expect a boost.
“We see our downtown area filling up with visitors and staying in hotels and restaurants, but that can’t provide all the capacity we need, so it’s a great opportunity where it pushes into the other parts of Edmonton as well,” Bednard said.
Many Edmonton hotels are fully booked throughout the weekend, and the remaining hotels have higher than usual rates, Global News noted.
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Garth is no stranger to Edmonton: In 2017, he sold not one — not even two or three — but nine concerts with his wife Trisha Yearwood at Rogers Place.
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He continued to add shows, determined to beat scalpers and make sure as many fans as possible were able to enjoy the fun. The extravaganza pumped an estimated $42 million into the local economy.
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Angie Gessner travels from Saskatoon to Garth Brooks in Edmonton this weekend.
She first saw him live in 1996, when she was in group 1. In 2016 and 2019 she went to Saskatoon again. She couldn’t miss this opportunity, even if it meant a six-hour drive.
“I just rode my bike everywhere to save my gas money for Garth Brooks, I’m saving this for beer money — I haven’t put gas in my car in a long time,” Gessner said.
She picks up her sister in Lloydminster and she meets a friend from Calgary. They have also made plans to visit other areas in the city.
“We’ll probably go to West Edmonton Mall, take an Ikea trip — we don’t have one,” Gessner said of the Swedish furniture store.
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But the main draw to this trip is to make new memories with Garth Brooks.
“When you enter the building and the first five minutes, they are so unreal and only the audience is crazy. When he takes the stage, your heart starts racing.”
For anyone going to the concert, it’s important to remember that Commonwealth Stadium has a clear baggage policy. Wallets or clutches that you cannot see through are not allowed.
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The city of Edmonton will have park-and-ride rides to and from the stadium at six locations, similar to Edmonton Elks games, but it will cost $6 for the two-way special event.
All Commonwealth Stadium Park & Ride service starts 2 hours before the event starts and ends once the stadium is cleared after the event.
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