Everything you need to know about today's Garth Brooks concert at Notre Dame
Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood held a press conference at Notre Dame regarding today's concert in Notre Dame Stadium. Watch here:
Brooks also gave a one-on-one interview with WSBT 22's Cassidy Williams. Watch here:
Trisha Yearwood said they will be holding a special Trisha Tailgate from 2 to 5:30 p.m. today in a tent on campus. However she said it was sold out – 1,500 tickets were sold.
The concert begins at 7 p.m., but gates for the show open at 5.
When talking about today's less-than-ideal weather conditions, Brooks said his crew always has options.
"Control what you can control."
A Wind Advisory is in place for the entire area from 2 - 10 p.m. today. Winds will increase from 20-30 mph to 50 mph gusts, especially in the showers as they pass. This will be an issue with tailgating - especially with some tents!
Watch WSBT 22 Meteorologist Ed Russo's concert forecast here:
Brooks also called this show the first day in the next three years of his life. The concert kicks off his stadium tour.
"This is kind of like the blueprint, so you're naturally nervous. We've gotten closer to these guys than other stadium people just because it's a one-off and it's the first one. You want it to mean so much to them as much as it means to you."
Brooks spoke highly of Michiana.
"You've got a good community full of good people who want to do good things."
Notre Dame will be tweeting photos and video today. Follow them here.
The university will be using metal detectors. The metal detectors can scan through all of the layers you plan on wearing Saturday. So make sure to still dress warm.
This is the first time Notre Dame is using metal detectors at the stadium.
Keys, wallets and phones can be left in your pockets while going through the metal detectors.
The clear bag policy will also still be in place for this concert. No backpacks or purses will be allowed, but you can rent lockers for your belongings.
Posters and signs for the concert also have some restrictions. No signs with poles.
Notre Dame police want this to be a safe and fun event for everyone.
“As with any event at Notre Dame or any day for that matter, we ask everyone to be involved in the safety of the event. So if anyone sees anything that concerns them, or they think may be a safety hazard, or may be something suspicious, we ask them to give us a call. If you see something say something,” said Keri Kei Shibata, chief of Notre Dame police.
Notre Dame police also told WSBT 22 that umbrellas are prohibited. So if it rains Saturday, make sure to bring a poncho or rain coat.
The game-day clear bag policy will be in effect.
Parking lots open this morning at 10.
Tailgating is allowed from that time until 7 p.m., but tailgating is not allowed once the show begins.
Gates for the show open at 5 p.m.
Brooks is scheduled to take the stage at 7.
And if you're driving to campus for the show, where should you park?
Drive-up parking is available at the Burke golf course for $40, White Field for $20, and Bulla ADA for $20.
Parking lots near the Stadium and other spots on campus are passes only.
Shuttles from White Field and the Bulla lot will run from this morning to three hours after the concert.
You can check a full parking map on Notre Dame's website. Click here.
Garth Brooks and Michiana
This show marks Garth Brooks' first time playing at Notre Dame stadium. But it's not his first time playing on campus.
The country singer has played two shows at the Joyce Center. One on February 12, 1994 and one the next day on February 13.
But again, Saturday's show will be the first time a major artist has played a full concert inside Notre Dame stadium.
When Garth Brooks takes the stage in front of tens of thousands of fans, he will be no stranger to our area.
You'll remember Brooks spent several days in Mishawaka this past summer, helping out with the Carter Work Project. Brooks and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, helped out with the construction of the Habitat for Humanity homes.
The celebrity duo has also worked on Carter Houses in the past.
Garth Brooks' connection to Notre Dame goes even deeper than that.
The country superstar actually once considered playing football for the Fighting Irish.
According to our partners at the South Bend Tribune, Brooks was once offered a partial football scholarship to Notre Dame.
The singer says that didn't end up panning out and he went to Oklahoma State to throw javelin instead.
But Brooks says football has always been his first love.