As you probably already know, especially if you were trying to get tickets, country superstar Luke Bryan has sold out his Dirt Road Diaries Tour stop Thursday, Oct. 17 at Verizon Arena. As Ticketmaster notes, some reserved seats might be released before the show but don’t count on it. Bryan’s sell out should come as no great surprise as the sell out is certainly not the first in the history of Verizon Arena. In fact, country artists — and some guy named Jimmy Buffett — do quite well at the arena, especially George Strait.
Each of Strait’s five appearances at the arena, which opened in 1999, has drawn more than 15,500 fans. Strait’s first appearance in February 2004 drew a then record 17,811 fans, besting the Dixie Chicks’ record of approximately 17,060 fans from August 2003. Strait’s January 2006 appearance in North Little Rock drew a still-arena record with 18,004 people in attendance. Subsequent visits in January 2008 and March 2010 (with co-headliner Reba McEntire) drew 15,840 and 15,597 fans, respectively. Strait drew 17,036 fans in April of this year.
And Buffett, who returns to Verizon Arena in December, drew 16,161 fans when he visited in March 2012.