Dennis Brown | July 9, 2018
NASHVILLE, Tennessee – Reigning Country Music Association entertainer of the year Garth Brooks will perform on a date to be announced at Notre Dame Stadium, the first artist to ever play in concert at the iconic football venue.
The announcement was made Monday (July 9) at a news conference here that included Brooks, former University of Notre Dame football coach Lou Holtz and representatives from the University.
“Notre Dame Stadium has seen so many iconic moments!” Brooks said. “I look forward to bringing a new kind of crazy to the party.”
“Right from the outset, I just felt that Garth represents Notre Dame’s values,” said John Affleck-Graves, Notre Dame’s executive vice president. “And he is the perfect choice as the first artist to perform in concert in the stadium that Rockne built. This promises to be one of the biggest events in Notre Dame’s history.”
Mike Seamon, vice president for campus safety and event management at Notre Dame, added: “Tradition and memories are built in that stadium. It’s an iconic place. This is an important moment, and once we decided we were going to have a concert, Garth just jumped into our minds right away. And we knew that he had to be the one. That was it.”
Brooks will be the first artist to perform a full, stand-alone concert in the 88-year-old football stadium that has been the home to nine national championship teams, seven Heisman Trophy winners and 75 All-Americans, and has hosted several artists who performed one or two songs during football halftime shows and at the 1987 Special Olympics opening ceremony.
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