Kenny Chesney: “No Shoes Nation Tour” Set To Visit Several Football Stadiums
Next year, as he’s been doing for the past two decades, Kenny Chesney is touring the United States. Chesney’s “No Shoes Nation Tour” launches March 16 in Tampa, Florida and ends Aug. 24 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. In total, Kenny Chesney tickets will be collected at 25 concerts in 23 cities.
Obviously, Chesney plays big venues. To put it a better way, he plays the biggest venues. Below, Musicology-101 looks at the dozen NFL stadiums the country music superstar has on his schedule. These aren’t the only dates on his 2013 itinerary but they’re likely to draw the largest crowds.
Raymond James Stadium
March 16, 2013
Raymond James Stadium is home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The stadium, also called “Ray Jay” and “The New Sombrero,” seats between 65,000 and 75,000. U2 holds the record for the largest crowd ever assembled at the venue. The Irish rockers attracted 72,000 fans in October of 2009. Can the upcoming Kenny Chesney concert eclipse that mark?
May 11, 2013
The house that Jerry Jones built stands in Arlington, Texas which is located in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The stadium is the palatial palace of the Dallas Cowboys and has a maximum capacity of 105,000. It’s the world’s largest domed stadium and houses the fourth largest HD video screen. Kenny Chesney, a frequent visitor to the state of Texas, rolls into Arlington on May 11.
May 25, 2013
FedEx Field, where the Washington Redskins play, is the NFL’s largest stadium. It seats 85,000 but it used to seat more than 91,000. The venue has hosted concerts by a number of big-time artists including The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Kenny Chesney.
June 1, 2013
Most of the stadiums on our list serve two main purposes. They host NFL games and rock concerts. CenturyLink Field in Seattle serves three main purposes. It not only hosts the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL, and is an attractive venue for major rock concerts, but it also hosts the Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer. The venue can seat 70,000 for football games and 38,500 for soccer matches. Both events routinely sell out.
Lincoln Financial Field
June 8, 2013
The Philadelphia Eagles play their home games at Lincoln Financial Field. The stadium also hosts the annual Army-Navy football game. “The Linc” can accommodate more than 69,000 Kenny Chesney fans and is part of the larger South Philadelphia Sports Complex.
Kansas City, Missouri
June 15, 2013
Having opened in 1972, Arrowhead Stadium is one of the oldest venues on Chesney’s 2013 itinerary. Residence of the Kansas City Chiefs, Arrowhead Stadium is the fourth largest venue in the NFL and can hold around 76,000.
June 22, 2013
Of all the stadiums Kenny Chesney is planning on visiting in 2013, Heinz Field is the only one located near a “confluence.” It’s situated in Pittsburgh where the Allegheny and Monongahela rivers converge to form the Ohio. The home of the Pittsburgh Steelers can welcome more than 65,000 attendees.
Sports Authority Field at Mile High
July 20, 2013
Kenny Chesney plays at Sports Authority Field at Mile High in July 2013. While the stadium is best known as the home of the Denver Broncos the first event ever held there was an Eagles concert. In fact, the first football game held at the venue wasn’t even an NFL contest. It was the “Rocky Mountain Showdown” between the University of Colorado and Colorado State University.
Aug. 3, 2013
The Georgia Dome is home to two professional football teams. One is of course the Atlanta Falcons. The other is the New York Hawks. The Hawks are a fictional professional team from the basic cable drama, Necessary Roughness. Chesney is big in the south but this might be one of his last performances at the Georgia Dome. The dome is in danger of being replaced and demolished.
East Rutherford, New Jersey
Aug. 10, 2013
Cowboys Stadium is generally regarded as the NFL’s Taj Mahal but MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford is actually the world’s most expensive stadium. It’s also the only stadium that’s home to two NFL teams, the New York Giants and New York Jets. The first concert ever held at Metlife Stadium, which seats more than 82,000, was by Bon Jovi. Kenny Chesney visits East Rutherford in early August.
Aug. 17, 2013
There are several unique aspects to Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan, home of the Detroit Lions. It incorporates a pre-existing building, the Hudson’s Warehouse (constructed in the 1920s). Most of the suites are actually located inside the warehouse. Another unique aspect of the stadium is that the field is situated east to west. It’s one of the few NFL stadiums with that type of configuration.
Aug. 23 and Aug. 24, 2013
For the third year in a row Kenny Chesney is playing two shows at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts. It’s a feat no other venue can claim. In a recent radio interview, Chesney called Gillette Stadium and his fans in the New England area “very special.” Chesney ends his “No Shoes Nation Tour” at the home of the New England Patriots on Aug. 23-24.