Country music superstar Garth Brooks took over Razorback Stadium on April 23 and put in a record-breaking performance atop the Arkansas football field.
Brooks’ concert stop in Fayetteville was his first time performing in Arkansas since 2014, making it a high-demand concert ticket.
With Fayetteville nestled in northwest Arkansas, it’s reasonably close enough to Oklahoma, Missouri, and Kansas that the superstar solo artist has been able to attract fans across an array of states.
Country music fans came in droves, including some famous ones. Country music personality, host and performer Bobby Bones took to the stage at the concert to warm up the crowd. He was then joined on stage by Arkansas basketball coach Eric Musselman, who introduced the Hot Springs, Ark native. his own custom Razorback jersey on stage.
Garth Brooks breaks Arkansas Football’s long-standing attendance record
According to the Southwest Times Recordconcert attendance exceeded 80,000 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium.
That shatters the previous record of 76,808, which was set in September 2010 when Arkansas hosted Alabama for an SEC football game, according to the Arkansas Football Team.
Concerts have never been allowed on the Arkansas football field because the staging, equipment and fans destroy the grass, leaving the football team with a poor playing surface or no surface at all.
Fortunately, top brass at the Arkansas Athletic Department already had plans in place to replace the grass this summer.
The Razorbacks are shipping grass from Memphis to be installed in June, according to Whole Hog Sports.
Arkansas athletic director Hunter Yurachek called the process “really simple” and the field should be in perfect condition by the time Arkansas’ first game of the 2022 season kicks off in September.