Edmonton businesses hope for a boost from Garth Brooks fans attending the only show in Canada

Country music superstar Garth Brooks’ concerts generate a buzz like no other and fans are set to enjoy the two Edmonton shows, the only one in Canada on his stadium tour that also spans the US and Ireland. .

Barnie Yerxa is the general manager of Delta Hotels in South Edmonton and City Center Mall in downtown Edmonton.

He said that as soon as tickets went on sale earlier this year, his hotels immediately began seeing bookings.

“From a normal weekend to a Garth weekend, you could probably say there’s a 150 percent increase in occupancy at our hotels across the city,” Yerxa said.

“The fact that it’s the only Canadian show, people come from all over (the country).”

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Yerxa said that it seems that people are also making a weekend of their trip.

“We’re definitely seeing people coming on the shoulder nights for this weekend and we’re also seeing the bonus night on Sunday night.”

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Garth Brooks excited for the second show in Edmonton – May 11, 2022

Explore Edmonton President and CEO Traci Bednard said every city business and hotel is hoping to see a boost.

“We see our downtown getting crowded with visitors staying in hotels and restaurants, but that can’t provide all the necessary capacity, so it’s a huge opportunity that extends to other parts of Edmonton as well,” Bednard said. .

Many hotels in Edmonton are full over the weekend, and those that remain have higher-than-normal rates, Global News noted.

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Garth Brooks honored in Edmonton with banner at Rogers Place – February 25, 2017

Garth is no stranger to Edmonton: In 2017, he sold out not one, not even two or three, but nine concerts with wife Trisha Yearwood at Rogers Place.

He kept adding shows, determined to beat the scalpers and make sure as many fans as possible were enjoying the fun. The big show injected an estimated $42 million into the local economy.

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Angie Gessner will travel from Saskatoon to see Garth Brooks in Edmonton next weekend.

The first time he saw him live was in 1996, when he was in the first grade. He went to Saskatoon again in 2016 and 2019. He couldn’t miss this opportunity, even if it meant a six-hour drive.

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“I just rode my bike everywhere saving gas money for Garth Brooks, I’m saving this for beer money; I haven’t put gas in my car in a long time,” Gessner said.

She is picking up her sister in Lloydminster and a friend is meeting them from Calgary. They have also made plans to visit other areas of the city.

“We’ll probably go to the West Edmonton Mall, we’ll take an Ikea trip, we don’t have one of those,” Gessner said of the Swedish furniture store.

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But the main draw of this trip is creating new memories with Garth Brooks.

“Just walking into the building and the first five minutes, it’s so unreal and just the crowd is crazy, when he walks onstage your heart goes wild.”

For anyone going to the concert, it’s important to remember that Commonwealth Stadium has a clear bag policy. Purses or purses that cannot be seen through will not be allowed.

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The City of Edmonton will operate parking and travel to and from the stadium at six locations, similar to how it does during Edmonton Elks games, however it will cost $6 for the special event round trip fare.

All Commonwealth Stadium Park & ​​Ride service begins 2 hours before the event begins and ends once the stadium is cleared after the event.

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