Texas singer George Strait will headline a concert next fall at the new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, promoters announced Tuesday.
Strait and Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel will perform Nov. 22, 2019. Tickets priced at $19.82-$250 will go on sale Friday, Dec. 7, at ticketmaster.com.
The $19.82 price is a reference to one of Strait’s rare Fort Worth shows, a 1982 Billy Bob’s Texas concert.
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Promoters called it the “first concert announced” for the arena, indicating it may not be the grand opening.
Strait announced his retirement in 2014 and ended it with a “Cowboy Rides Away” tour in Arlington. But he has performed select shows since then, and also announced a March 30 stadium concert in Atlanta with Chris Stapleton.
The $540 million arena is being built in partnership between the city of Fort Worth and Event Facilities Fort Worth, a private group led by Fort Worth billionaire Ed Bass that has benefited the Fort Worth Stock Show at the Will Rogers Memorial Center. The city’s portion of the project, approved by voters by special referendum in 2014, is capped at $225 million.
Construction began in February of 2017. The Beck Group is the general contractor. The facility is expected to be completed in late 2019, in time for the January 2020 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.
The new 14,000-seat multipurpose arena is expected to be one of the region’s top tourist draws. Already, the arena will host the 2022 NCAA men’s basketball first and second rounds and the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships beginning in 2020.
This story includes information from Star-Telegram archives.