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Phil Fulmer was key part in bringing Garth Brooks to Neyland

Garth Brooks to perform in Neyland Stadium / Source: (MGN/ Garth Brooks)
Garth Brooks to perform in Neyland Stadium / Source: (MGN/ Garth Brooks)(WVLT)
Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 7:24 AM EDT
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Posted by WVLT on Friday, September 13, 2019
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) —

New details reveal that University of Tennessee Athletic Director Phil Fulmer played an integral part in getting Garth Brooks to play at Neyland Stadium.

Michael T. Strickland, founder of lighting company Bandit Lites said he helped convince Fulmer that bringing Garth to Neyland was a good idea.

"The University has long been hesitant to allow use of Neyland Stadium out of respect for the facility, and importantly, the field itself," said a release from the lighting company. "As technology has changed, as well as leadership at the University, Strickland believed that Neyland may be a potential site for an upcoming Garth Brooks Stadium Tour. In late 2018, Strickland got the backing of Interim President Randy Boyd and then Chancellor Beverly Davenport. The only missing part was the approval of Athletic Director Coach Phillip Fulmer, a good friend of Strickland."

"In November, at a Vols basketball game, Strickland approached Coach Fulmer and asked if he would consider a Garth show in the stadium in 2019. Coach Fulmer gave a wholehearted, resounding, “Heck yes!” and the wheels were the set-in motion. Strickland called Garth, the teams began to talk, and the result is the upcoming show November 16, 2019 in Neyland Stadium."

Garth Brooks is coming to Neyland

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Posted by WVLT on Friday, September 13, 2019

This marks the first concert at Neyland Stadium in 16 years.

“This is an incredibly special opportunity for the University of Tennessee to host an event of this magnitude,” UT Director of Athletics Phillip Fulmer said. “I’m grateful to Garth Brooks and his team for working with us o host what is going to be an epic night in Neyland Stadium. I know we’ll have a packed house, and ‘The Third Saturday in November’ will go down as a can’t-miss spectacle that fans will never forget.”

Tickets will be on sale Friday, September 13th at 10:00 AM and will cost $94.95.

There are only 3 ways to purchase tickets:

Click here to go to the

. You can join the online waiting room starting at 9 a.m., then purchase tickets at 10 a.m.

You can call the Garth Brooks phone line at Ticketmaster at 1-877-654-2784.

You can also purchase tickets through the Ticketmaster

.

There will be no ticket sales at the venue box office or Ticketmaster outlets on September 13th.

Event organizers said additional seats were made available just after 10:30 a.m.

Each person is limited to purchasing no more than eight tickets.

The Volunteers have an open date the day of the concert (Nov. 16) and play a road game on Nov. 23 before returning to Neyland Stadium to host Vanderbilt for the regular-season finale on Nov. 30. That means the event won't interfere with Tennessee football.

The university has made plans to restore and re-sod the field beginning on Monday, Nov. 18, and expects the playing surface to be well established and playable when Tennessee kicks off against Vanderbilt.

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