On Saturday, Oklahoma country music megastar Garth Brooks sold out an historic Canadian venue in less than a minute.
More than 15,300 tickets to the soon-to-be Country Music Hall of Famer’s highly anticipated July 12 show at the famed Calgary Stampede rodeo, exhibition and festival went on sale Saturday morning and were snapped up in just 58 seconds, reports the Calgary Herald.
The Owasso resident is semi-retired and sticks mostly to his standing gig at the Wynn Las Vegas . But he agreed to play the Alberta, Canada, show in honor of the Calgary Stampede’s centennial. Now, he boasts the fastest sellout in the event’s 100-year history, according to the Herald.
Country music fans who were unable to get tickets vented on social media; by mid-morning Saturday, “Garth Brooks” was trending Canada-wide on Twitter. According to the Herald, fan frustration was mostly directed at Ticketmaster, the sole ticket merchant for the concert, and online resale sites. Prices for single tickets on StubHub, for example, ranged from $275 to $4,500 a piece, quite a mark-up over their original $62 cost.
Many country music fans were hoping Brooks would plan a second concert date in the city, but in an e-mail, Brooks’ publicist Nancy Seltzer told the Herald that a second show at the Calgary’s Saddledome isn’t possible.
Stampede officials told the Herald they weren’t surprised the tickets sold out so quickly.
“We’re happy it sold out but we knew it was going to be hugely popular . . . . This is one of the biggest shows we’ve ever had,” publicity manager Jennifer Booth told the Herald.