It’s the biggest concert event Saskatchewan has ever seen.
Starting June 9, the Garth Brooks concert series in Saskatoon will kick off – six sold-out shows with 15,500 concert-goers at each of Garth Brooks’ performances, a total fan base of 93,000 within 96 hours. That’s larger than the population of Red Deer, Alta.
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So what are the rules and recommendations if you have one of the hottest tickets in town?
Here’s the top six:
1. Make sure you check your ticket to ensure you’re heading to the right performance.
- Be patient and choose an alternate route to get there. There are two specific routes concert-goers are urged to use getting to SaskTel Centre:
from south and west neighbourhoods: use Idylwyld Drive to Highway 16 (exit to the Battlefords)from north and east neighbourhoods: use Wanuskewin Road (or Millar Avenue) to Marquis Drive
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Left turns onto Marquis Drive from Idylwyld Drive will not be permitted starting at 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Drivers will be re-routed to 71st Street for access.
3. Listen to law enforcement and parking officials once you get close to the site. Park where you’re told to park, don’t come with a spot in mind.
4. SaskTel Centre has acquired more parking for the six-shows.
Black & McDonald lot;the New Holland Training Centre;the lot across from the New Holland Training Centre; plusCostco for concert-goers but only for the late-night Friday and Saturday shows.
*For the dual performance days, parking will be strictly reserved for each show time.
5. Arrive early, there is no opening act for the first show of the night on both Friday and Saturday. Doors will open an hour-and-a-half early for most shows.
Thursday, June 9: Doors will open at 6:00 p.m./Show time is at 7:30 p.m.Friday, June 10: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m./Show time is at 7:00 p.m.Late night show on Friday, June 10: Doors are expected to open at 10:00 p.m. but due to the nature of the dual performances, there could be delays. There will be an outdoor pre-scan area at the South End Parking Lot near Highway 16Saturday, June 11: Doors will open at 5:30 p.m./Show time is at 7:00 p.m.Late night show on Saturday, June 11: Doors are expected to open at 10:00 p.m. but due to the nature of the dual performances, there could be delays. There will be an outdoor pre-scan area at the South End Parking Lot near Highway 16Sunday, June 12: Doors will open at 6:00 p.m./Show time is at 7:30 p.m.
6. Don’t want to drive? You have two options:
Use Saskatoon Transit from the downtown terminal, for those going to the late show arrange for a ride once you’re returned to the downtown district since Saskatoon Transit is not extending its hours. The regular fare applies.Use the Shuttle Service Park & Ride, available locations for this include Market Mall, Lawson Heights Mall, Confederation Mall. Preston Crossing near the Old Navy will be added to the list for the late shows on Friday and Saturday. It’s five dollars roundtrip per person and services begin at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, 5:15 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 9:00 p.m. for the late shows.
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