Garth and Trisha, so happy together. Getty Images
Garth and Trisha, so happy together. Getty Images

Calgarians Bat Crazy For Garth Brooks

We will have to wait and see what his gate total is, but the country hat star has sold 107,254 tickets at the aging Calgary Saddledome over seven shows in September.

VIP tickets ranged between $2,500 and $3,500 and punter ducats costing fans $74 and change.

Add the lot up, and the box-office tally comes in north of $16 million and probably closer to $20M.

Marqueed with his wife Trisha Yearwood, Brooks is set to play seven shows on Sept. 1, Sept. 2, Sept. 3, Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 in the evening, and afternoon shows on Sept. 2 and Sept. 9 at 3 pm.

It's part of a world tour with Yearwood that began three years ago and is billed as Garth Brooks World Tour, Sponsored by Amazon Music.

In Edmonton, the hat star sold out nine shows at Rogers Place in February, leading The City of Edmonton and the Oilers Entertainment Group to announce that the sold-out concerts imjected $42 million into the local economy.

For Calgarians hoping to hear similar good news about our city, local economists feel the Edmonton’s claims are a bit dubious, Aaron Chatha comments in the local edition of Metro News.

“I am extremely skeptical about these types of economic impact analyses, particularly when commissioned by parties with a vested interest in the outcome of the study,” U of C Economic associated professor Arvid Magesan told Chatha.

“There are a lot of assumptions that go into these EIAs that are not very transparent and are not really part of the discussion when the final number gets thrown around in the media.”

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