Here’s Why Kenny Chesney Is Not At The Super Bowl

Chesney had an important reason to miss the big game.


Lauren Jo Black

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February 11, 2024


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Kenny Chesney, a dedicated football fan, has been a familiar face at the Super Bowl for many years; however, some fans might have noticed his absence from Sunday’s big game. 

Why Isn’t Kenny Chesney At The Super Bowl?

The superstar had a good reason for sitting out the Super Bowl this year as he’s already in tour-planning mode. During an interview with The Ticket DFW in Las Vegas ahead of the Super Bowl, Chesney confirmed that he would not be attending this year as he has his diet on lockdown leading into his hotly anticipated Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour.  

“I’m not staying for the game because I don’t want to put myself in a position to drink. So I’m leaving,” the 55-year-old confessed. 

He further elaborated on his tour diet, revealed that it’s “very specific” and while his tour doesn’t kick off until April 20 he already started training to go on the road two weeks ago.  

Preparing For His 2024 Tour

“I know I’ve got to fit them show jeans in April and I’ve got to change everything,” he revealed. 

So while many Americans are snacking on appetizers and desserts for the Super Bowl, Chesney said he will be keeping things “pretty basic.” 

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While chatting with Pat McAfee in a separate interview, Chesney revealed he hasn’t had any alcohol in quite some time. For him, that is his version of an athletic training camp. 

Chesney Is “In That Zone” Prepping For Tour

“I’m in that zone now. That’s why I didn’t go out last night. I didn’t indulge in Vegas because I haven’t had anything to drink in a long time,” he said. “I literally, knowing what I got to do, I’m looking forward on stage up there in front of these people. I know what it takes with me to do that. Just like an athlete knows…I know training camps coming and I can’t go to training camp.”

Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour

With tour rehearsals kicking off in two weeks, Chesney’s “training camp” will be in full force. His 2024 tour is set to kick off on April 20 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. The trek, which is named after his multi-week No. 1, “When the Sun Goes Down,” will feature multiple GRAMMY-winning Zac Brown Band as well as singer/songwriter Uncle Kracker and breakout star Megan Moroney.   

Kenny Chesney - Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour; Photo Courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media
Kenny Chesney – Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour; Photo Courtesy of Essential Broadcast Media

“I wanted a name that suggested – obviously – when all the good stuff starts to happen. The one thing I’ve learned about No Shoes Nation and these stadium shows is they start the good times early and they just keep it going,” Chesney recently explained of the tour name. “But we all know, when the sun goes down, that’s when people really get loose and enjoy themselves.”

New Album, BORN, Out On March 29

In addition to the new tour, the eight-time Entertainer of the Year is also preparing for the release of his new album, BORN. The project is set to release on March 29 and will feature his latest single, “Take Her Home” as well as the just-released “Just To Say We Did.” 

Fans will have the opportunity to purchase a special tour edition of the new album, exclusively for members of No Shoes Nation. This extended project will include three extra tracks.  

Kenny Chesney - BORN Tour Edition - Album Cover
Kenny Chesney – BORN Tour Edition – Album Cover

“We decided to do something a little unorthodox, because as I’ve said with my live albums, there is no sweeter sound than hearing No Shoes Nation singing my songs,” Chesney explained. “We are going to create a special Tour Edition of BORN, which will have a few select cuts from 2018 before the world changed, in addition to the album that everyone else will be able to stream or buy in all the usual spaces.”

The Tour Edition of BORN will be available only to those who purchased tickets to his upcoming Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour and members of his officially fan club. The tracks included on the exclusive edition include “Living In Fast Forward” from Chesney’s record-setting Nashville Nissan Stadium show along with two exclusive tracks from Chicago’s Soldier Field: “Get Along” and the CMA Award-winning duet “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright” with David Lee Murphy.

Additional info on BORN can be found HERE.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.