After a huge weekend in Ireland, Garth Brooks has officially wrapped his Stadium tour. According to the man himself, it was his last Stadium tour. Brooks told the final crowd at Dublin, Ireland’s massive Croke Park on Saturday, “I’m not from here, but you make me feel like I so belong here! I LOVE YOU, IRELAND!!!!!” He played five shows in Ireland for a total of over 400 thousand people. The final show marked the end of a journey that unofficially began four years ago at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana.
From there, history kept being made as the people kept coming. Some shows broke and set new venue attendance records, some created new benchmarks in a city’s history, and some even set statewide records. The tour drew an average of more than 95 thousand people on average in each city it played. And that added up to 30 cities, 45 performances, and seen by a cumulative audience of nearly three million once all was said and done.
Announcing the tour in 2018, Garth indicated he hoped to play “about 10 or 11” shows a year throughout the Stadium Tour’s run, which was pushed back a couple of years due to the pandemic.
As it turned out, he ended someplace he had been before – Dublin, Ireland (where he’d last performed 25 years ago). But the city he’d initially envisioned kicking off the tour undoubtedly gave him the ending he’d foreseen in March 2019. Garth found himself emotionally “somewhere I know I’ve never been before,” moved almost beyond words night-after-night by sellout crowds and the people of the Emerald Isle.
Brooks said at a press event hours before the Stadium Tour began in early 2019, “Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…for my life. For my children’s life. Thank you for this band and crew’s life.” He added at the time, “We get to travel around the world playing music. And people show up to take care of us!” He added. “That’s the weird thing. They show up, they pay, and they travel to take care of us. That’s a pretty sweet position to be in.”