Garth Brooks performs at State Farm Stadium on March 23, 2019 in Glendale, Ariz. (John Medina/Getty Images/TNS)
Photo: John Medina
Photo: John Medina

Garth Brooks virtual drive-in concert tickets still available at some locations

The highly anticipated Garth Brooks drive-in virtual concert experience is this weekend — and all hope is not lost for those who still want tickets.

More than 300 drive-in theaters across the country, and several in the Dayton-area, are showing a one-night-only virtual Garth Brooks concert on Saturday, June 27.

Tickets for Garth Brooks: A Drive-in Concert Experience went on sale on June 19, and there are some tickets still available on Ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks.

The concert will be played at the following local drive-in theaters: Dixie Twin in Dayton, Melody 49 in Brookville, Sidney Auto Vue in Sidney, Holiday Auto Theatre in Hamilton, Starlite in Amelia and at Caeser Creek Market, which will be specially set up as a drive-in for this event.

The cost is $100 per vehicle (standard vehicles only with up to six passengers; no RVs or buses). Parking will be first-come, first-served.

We found tickets still available, as of Friday morning, for the Dixie Twin Drive-In, Caesar Creek Flea MarketMelody 49 Twin Drive-In and Sidney Auto-Vue Drive-In locations.

The country star’s concert — which was prerecorded in Nashville, Tenn., to ensure the concert could be shown at night across different time zones — was produced specifically for this event and allows for more advanced production than a national or world tour, said Walter Kinzie, co-founder and CEO of the concert’s producer Encore Live.

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“While all of these stadiums around the world are very advanced, they still all have their own unique limitations and all of that has to be taken into consideration whenever someone designs a tour,” he said. “Well here, those limitations go out the door and so what the consumer can expect, what can fans expect, is Garth like you’ve never seen him before.”

With spaces for 300-500 cars at most drive-ins, Kinzie estimates that as many as 500,000 people could be at the show.

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“Garth has never played something on this scale. Something on the scale and scope of a project like this has never ever happened before,” Kinzie said.

This March 14, 2019 file photo shows Garth Brooks performing at the iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles. Brooks is holding a concert in Nashville,Tenn., that will be played at 300 drive-in theaters across the country. Tickets will cost $100 per passenger car or truck. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
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Jackie Bickel, general manager at one of the participating venues Caesar Creek Market and marketing manager at the market’s parent company, Levin Service Company, said the drive-in concert is part of a larger trend she’s seeing.

“People are really thinking out of the box to try to get their lives back to as normal as possible. They’re just looking for a unique out-of-the-box alternative to large-scale events,” she said. “The drive-in seems to fit that model. It makes the health department happy, and it makes the guests happy.”

Caesar Creek Market and the Dixie Twin Drive-In, both of which Bickel manages, are among the locations where the concert will be shown.

Although the Dixie Twin theater, which has room for 800 cars, will be able to follow similar procedures as it does for a typical movie, the Caesar Creek Market, which has room for 400 cars, is “a whole other ball game,” Bickel said.

Because the market is not actually a drive-in theater, equipment will be brought in to transform the venue for the event with the help of an AV and sound team, Bickel said. Local food trucks will also be on the scene to provide concessions, and regular concessions will be served at the Dixie Twin.

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Guests are also permitted to bring their own snacks and both locations will have safety protocols in place such as requiring employees to wear masks.

Whether additional drive-in concerts will be planned this summer will be decided after the Garth Brooks show is complete, Kinzie said.

“We are heads down on making sure that this Garth show is the absolute best experience for the fan possible, and any decisions about what we’re going to do next will be made after the Garth Brooks concert runs,” he said.

PARTICIPATING VENUES

Drive-ins in the area who have confirmed they are participating are listed below. Guests and staff at all locations will be required to follow CDC, state and local guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, according to the event’s Ticketmaster page.

Caesar Creek Flea Market

Phone: (937) 382-1660

Address: 7763 OH-73, Wilmington, OH

Click here for tickets

Dixie Twin Drive-in

Phone: (937) 890-5513

Address: 6201 N Dixie Drive, Dayton, OH

Click here for tickets

Melody 49 Drive-in

Phone: (937) 833-5015

Address: 7606 Pleasant Plain Road, Brookville, OH

Click here for tickets

Sidney Auto Vue Drive-in

Phone: (937) 492-5909

Address: 1409 4th Ave., Sidney, OH

Click here for tickets

Holiday Auto Theatre

Phone: (513) 929-2999

Address: 1816 Old Oxford Road, Hamilton, OH

Click here for tickets

Starlite Drive-in theater

Phone: (513) 734-2282

Address: 2255 OH-125, Amelia, OH

Click here for tickets

(Tickets are nearly sold out for this event at the Starlite Drive-in theater, so be sure to purchase your tickets before they sell out). 

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