Country Music Icon George Strait Sets Record With 110,905 Fans At Kyle Field: Largest Single Concert In U.S. History

This is Strait’s first and only stadium show in the Lone Star State this year.

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Madeleine O’Connell

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June 17, 2024

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George Strait on stage at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Photo by alivecoverage _ Courtesy of Messina Touring Group

On Saturday, June 15, George Strait brought his 2024 stadium tour to Texas A&M’s Kyle Field in College Station, TX. This evening proved monumental as it marked Strait’s first and only stadium show in his home state this year and resulted in the King of Country notching two historic milestones.

Broke Two New Records

This weekend, Strait achieved the largest single ticketed concert in U.S. history, a feat previously held by The Grateful Dead who had 107,019 fans in the audience of their 1977 show at Raceway Park in New Jersey. Additionally, he broke a new record for Texas A&M Kyle Field for a single event with 110,905 fans in attendance for George Strait: The King at Kyle Field with special guests Parker McCollum and Catie Offerman. The previous record of 110,633 was set on October 11, 2014, during a Texas A&M game against Ole Miss. 

George Strait on stage at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Photo by alivecoverage _ Courtesy of Messina Touring Group
George Strait on stage at Kyle Field in College Station, Texas on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Photo by alivecoverage _ Courtesy of Messina Touring Group

These achievements not only represent the magnitude of Strait’s reputation as a timeless country star, but also proves the close connection he shares with fans in his home state.  

After delivering his second song of the night, “I Got A Car,” Strait prompted another round of applause for his openers and fellow Lone Star natives, McCollum and Offerman. He was then granted special permission from the concert goers to “whoop,” a special expression of excitement that is generally reserved for upperclassmen and graduates of Texas A&M.  

“Man, I wanna whoop so bad, but you can’t whoop if you’re not/you don’t go to school here? (pausing) Can I whoop, one time, just once? ‘Whoop!’” to which the crowd erupted. “I had to do it – my son said it’s okay if I did that, he graduated from A&M…,” he added. 

George Strait: The King At Kyle Field
George Strait: The King At Kyle Field

The iconic country star raised even more enthusiasm from the audience as he promised to showcase a few new tracks off his forthcoming album, Cowboys and Dreamers. He certainly delivered with songs like “MIA in MIA,” “Three Drinks Behind,” Jennings’ “Waymore’s Blues” and the unreleased “To The Moon.”  Plus, fans were treated to plenty of classics from his collection, including “Here For A Good Time,” “Check Yes or No,” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” “Troubadour,” “Amarillo By Morning,” “Take Me To Texas” and more. 

Midway through the set, Strait paused his performance and welcomed Retired Lt. General Leroy Sisco to the stage to present his 118th home to hero, Sgt. Tiffany Baker, via Military Warriors Support Foundation’s Homes 4 Wounded Heroes Program. Additionally, at each of his last 17 shows, Strait has supported the Jenifer Strait Foundation through a front-row ticket raffle fundraiser powered by Propeller, which finds him signing and donating “the shirt off his back” for the cause. To date, the program has raised over $1.1 million for the foundation.

Fans have four more opportunities to see the Country Music Hall of Famer and his Ace in the Hole Band’s historic stadium show before he wraps up the 2024 run in December. 

George Strait; Photo by Michele Wedel
George Strait; Photo by Michele Wedel

George Strait’s Remaining 2024 Concerts:

6/29 Rice-Eccles Stadium   Salt Lake City, UT
7/13 Ford Field   Detroit, MI
7/20 Soldier Field   Chicago, IL
12/7 Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, NV

Strait’s 31st studio record Cowboys And Dreamers, is set to release on September 6. Fans have gotten a glimpse into the 13 track collection with two new songs – “The Little Things” and  “MIA Down in MIA.” 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.