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Garth Brooks Returns To Washington With Five Shows At The Tacoma Dome

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Garth Brooks performs during The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood at Wells Fargo Center on March 24, 2017 in Philadelphia.

Friday's concert was Brooks' first show in Evergreen State in 20 years

Over 100,000 people are expected to descend on Tacoma, Washington this weekend for a string of five Garth Brooks shows that started Friday night (Nov. 3) and will end Sunday evening (Nov. 5). 

"We're going to be way too loud — I'm just going to warn you right now — and we're going to play way too late," Brooks said at a press conference announcing the Tacoma Dome shows, his first in Washington state after a nearly 20-year absence. 

Brooks has already sold six million tickets on his North American tour, which launched in 2014, and continues to steam through the U.S. with multiple sellouts in nearly every town he's played. Tacoma will be one of the last stops on the tour and Garth said he thinks the Washington shows will "catapult us all the way to the end."

In preparation for the historic show, the iconic Tacoma Dome — located 30 miles south of Seattle — flew the Garth Brooks flag from its iconic rooftop in the shadow of Mount Rainier and began the tedious preparations needed to welcome tens of the thousands of the "Friends in Low Places" singer to the city.

When Brooks' team put tickets on sale in September, he instantly sold out the first night and continued to add new shows to meet demand. The result — one show last night, two shows today and two shows tomorrow for a staggering five shows before 100,000 fans.

"What a machine," said Kim Bedier, director of Tacoma Venues & Events. Bedier listened in on the conference call during the public ticket sale as promoter Ben Farrell added one show after another.

"This is a special show for me because I've worked with the city of Tacoma for five years and this was the first hold that I took five years ago," Bedier explains. "It's been on the books cooking for a long time and we were thrilled that it sold out so quickly."

Bedier said she always wanted to work with Brooks, noting "The Thunder Rolls" singer is "such a professional entertainer from all aspects of the business and he's so involved in his career, setting a great example for other artists. It's very impressive."

The tour also includes Brooks' wife Trisha Yearwood, a country artist and host of the Food Network's "Trisha's Southern Kitchen."

"This show feels like an experience for everybody," Yearwood said during the press conference. "I cry at the songs that I hear every single night and I get emotional in my own set when things happen in the crowd because it's a very participatory experience."

Garth returns to Washington on Nov. 7 for a string of seven shows at the Spokane Arena, before playing his last shows in the Northeast U.S., Dec 1-3, at the Prudential Center in New Jersey. Brooks is also slated to headline the Stagecoach Festival in 2018 in Indio, Calif. 

To learn more, visit garthbrooks.com.