Country legend George Strait wrapped up his touring career in style as his final performance at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas on June 7 shattered a Billboard Boxscore mark for largest single-show attendance at a U.S. stadium.
104,793 sentimental fans packed the home of the NFL’s Dallas Cowboys to see King George on the final date of his announced farewell tour titled Cowboy Rides Away. The last hurrah was the culmination of a two-year stint on the road that took the award-winning country veteran to arenas and stadiums in 44 U.S. cities.
Largest Attendance in the U.S. at a Single-Show Concert -- Since Billboard Boxscore began tracking touring data in 1991, Strait's June 7 show's attendance tops the U.S. stadium record for a single-show concert, previously held by U2 with 97,014 in attendance at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. on Oct. 25, 2009. That stop was part of U2’s 360° tour that played stadiums worldwide from 2009 to 2011, wrapping as the top-grossing tour of all time with $736 million.
Largest Attendance at an Indoor Venue -- Strait’s AT&T Stadium show also broke his own Billboard Boxscore record for largest attendance at an indoor venue, both in the U.S. and internationally. His Reliant Stadium concert in Houston on March 17, 2013 held the prior mark, drawing a sellout crowd of 80,020. Prior to that concert, the Backstreet Boys set the standard with 73,337 fans in the house at Atlanta’s Georgia Dome on Feb. 19, 2000.