Kenny Chesney’s Sun Goes Down Tour Ignites Tampa With Record-Breaking Crowd; Charlotte, North Carolina Up Next

60,529 fans packed into Raymond James Stadium on Saturday for opening night of the tour.


Lauren Jo Black

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April 24, 2024


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Kenny Chesney performing in Tampa, FL on the opening night of his Sun Goes Down Tour

Kenny Chesney’s Sun Goes Down 2024 Tour is off to an incredible start! The superstar played to 60,529 fans at Tampa, Florida’s Raymond James Stadium over the weekend, delivering a two-hour, hit-packed set list and setting a new ticket record along the way. 

Fans packed into the parking lots hours in advance, getting the party started with epic tailgate sessions. 

They poured inside the stadium to catch sets from Uncle Kracker, Megan Moroney, and Zac Brown Band before the “King of Summer” made his entrance. 

Kenny Chesney performing in Tampa, FL on the opening night of his Sun Goes Down Tour
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell

“American Kids,” “The Good Stuff,” “Somewhere With You,” “Beer In Mexico,” “Keg In The Closet” “Never Wanted Nothing More,” and “‘Til It’s Gone” were among the songs Chesney performed in front of the sold-out stadium crowd.

All of the time in rehearsals led to this very moment, but nothing could have prepared the East Tennessee native for the energy he felt when taking the stage. 

“You think about it, you anticipate, you wait – and no matter how many times you’ve done this, there is nothing like the way that crowd hits you. They came to sing, to cheer, and just love the night, and they sure did,” Chesney shared after the show. 

Kenny Chesney performing in Tampa, FL on the opening night of his Sun Goes Down Tour
Kenny Chesney; Photo by Jill Trunnell

“Nobody sings like No Shoes Nation,” he added. “When I hear those voices coming back at us, how much they mean these songs, I feel like I’m home, and home is a really good place to be.”

No small operation, the Sun Goes Down Tour will travel 29,467 miles (per vehicle) this year. The tour has 19 trucks in tow, carrying 8,300 folding chairs and a massive, 62-yard-wide stage. With 127 touring staff and a team of 85 non-traveling support people, the tour is larger than life and proving to be one of this summer’s hottest tickets.  

The Sun Goes Down Tour will roll into Charlotte, North Carolina’s Bank of America Stadium this weekend and continue on with stops at stadiums, and a few amphitheaters sprinkled in, through August 25. 

Kenny Chesney’s Sun Goes Down Tour Dates

 Saturday, April 20, 2024           Tampa, Fla.                       Raymond James Stadium

Saturday, April 27, 2024       Charlotte, N.C.                  Bank of America Stadium

Saturday, May 4, 2024              Minneapolis, Minn.      U.S. Bank Stadium

Saturday, May 11, 2024            Arlington, Texas               AT&T Stadium

Saturday, May 18, 2024        Atlanta, Ga.                       Mercedes-Benz Stadium

Saturday, May 25, 2024            Landover, Md.                  FedEx Field

Saturday, June 1, 2024              Pittsburgh, Pa.                   Acrisure Stadium

Saturday, June 8, 2024              Philadelphia, Pa.               Lincoln Financial Field (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, June 15, 2024        Chicago, Ill.                      Soldier Field

Saturday, June 22, 2024            Milwaukee, Wisc.             American Family Field

Saturday, June 29, 2024            Cincinnati, Ohio               TQL Stadium

Saturday, July 6, 2024               Kansas City, Mo.              GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium

Saturday, July 13, 2024             Seattle, Wash.                   Lumen Field

Tuesday, July 16, 2024              Salt Lake City, Utah     America First Field

Saturday, July 20, 2024             Los Angeles, Calif.           SoFi Stadium

Saturday, July 27, 2024             Denver, Colo.                   Empower Field at Mile High

Saturday, Aug. 3, 2024              Nashville, Tenn.               Nissan Stadium

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2024             Columbus, Ohio                Historic Crew Stadium

Saturday, Aug. 10, 2024        Detroit, Mich.                   Ford Field

Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024        East Rutherford, N.J.    MetLife Stadium

Friday, Aug. 23, 2024                Foxborough, Mass.           Gillette Stadium (SOLD OUT)

Saturday, Aug. 24, 2024            Foxborough, Mass.           Gillette Stadium (SOLD OUT)

Sunday, Aug. 25, 2024              Foxborough, Mass.           Gillette Stadium (SOLD OUT)

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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.