Being a fan of Garth Brooks can really pay off, as discovered by an Edmonton couple who won some big prizes for being the five-millionth fans to buy tickets to the country superstar’s current world tour.
According to Brooks’ website, Brooks hit the milestone during his nine-night stint at Rogers Place in Edmonton, noting that he hit the five million mark after visiting 60 cities (during his 1996-1998 world tour, it took 100 cities to reach five million).
As Global News reports, a representative from Ticketmaster came onstage to honour Brooks with a brief presentation of a large framed picture with the number 5,000,000 on it.
“It’s really sweet. Thank you very much. That is awesome. I don’t know how it gets better than that,” said Brooks.
Brooks shared his feelings about hitting the milestone on Twitter, including a special shoutout to former Oilers great Wayne Gretzky, who was on hand to share the moment:
“I’m getting ready to go out that door and hug the neck of the five millionth ticket owner,” said Brooks in a video he tweeted, thanking his fans. “I can’t believe this. I just want to say thank you… Thank you for getting us where we’re at. This is something we’d do for all five million if we could. So thank you for the celebration and thank you for getting us here. I never thought we’d be here again. And then the coolest thing is, every day after this we’re rewriting history. I love this. Thank you for my life. God bless you guys.”
As TMZ reports, Brooks had a special surprise for the fans who helped hit that milestone by purchasing the five-millionth ticket, presenting an unidentified couple with two automobiles, a shopping spree and an array of other prizes.
“Sources at the arena tell us the couple scored a Lexus SUV and a Nissan truck before Friday’s Edmonton, Alberta concert,” reports TMZ. “They also got a $5k Amazon shopping spree, a $5k Edmonton mall spree, a trip for 2 to the Wynn in Vegas, and a bunch of Garth and Trisha Yearwood merch.”
During Friday’s concert, Brooks was also honoured with a special banner that will hang at Rogers Place in perpetuity alongside banners honouring Oilers stars Gretzky and Mark Messier.
“We raised banners for Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Stanley Cup. But tonight, we want to raise a banner for Garth,” said Bob Nicholson, CEO of the Oilers Entertainment Group, during the special presentation. “Garth, what you’ve done for this city, you’ve still got a few nights to go but they love you here, I tell ya. It’s unbelievable and we want Garth and his whole team to come back.” Watch: