Garth Brooks opened Kansas City tour Friday night

Posted at 9:32 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 23:19:48-04

Garth Brooks mania has taken over Kansas City the past six weeks, and it's finally opening night for his first KC concert in 10 years.

Friday at 7 p.m. is the first of seven performances for Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood between May 5 and May 13.

Power and Light and the Sprint Center are bracing for masses to stream into the arena that seats 19,000.


Many shows are close to sold out, but Sprint Center has added some seats after production crews cleared the sight lines.

Kansas Citians couldn’t be happier to have Garth Brooks playing in the metro for the first time since 2007.

“He has some long seeded relationships and family here, great friends and friends at Royals. He have a relationship that not only goes back to ten years ago but predates with our general manager.  It really is a mini family reunion,” said Shani Tate, VP of marketing and communications at the Sprint Center.

It’s something several parties have been preparing for.

“It is a coordinated effort in the city, an event at the arena of this size is significant to so many people,” explained Tate. “Power and Light, KCPD, the hotel industry all work together. It’s important we maintain that relationship so when we have an announcement about something that is so significant for our city, everyone is poised to act.”

Three blocks of Grand Boulevard near the Sprint Center will be closed starting at 4 p.m.

Merchandise tents will be set up on Grand in front of the events center around 5 p.m.

Doors will open around 5:30 p.m.

If you are getting dropped off by a taxi, Uber, ride share or limo go to the East side of the building on Oak Street.