Monday, August 10, 2015
– Kenny Chesney broke another attendance record when he played Denver on Saturday.
With 54,674 on hand, the attendance broke the attendance record for an end-zone set up at Sports Authority Stadium at Mile High in Denver.
"Since I started coming here to play the Grizzly Rose, the Denver fans have been a big part of taking my music where it's gone... and they sure did tonight," Chesney said after the show. "We have had some incredible shows in Denver, including those crazy nights at Red Rocks, which I didn't think anything could top. This just did."
Chesney spent the morning at practice with the Broncos. Wearing a Tennessee t-shirt in solidarity with his good friend Peyton Manning, who was at practice, Chesney took in the drills and got focused up for his sold-out show.
Earlier that evening, Chesney was invoked during General Manager Ron Wolf's speech during his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The man who spent 22 seasons with the Raiders before transforming the Green Bay Packers, opened his comments, "I'd like to start by quoting my good friend Kenny Chesney, 'This is our moment, This is our time/ This is our destiny, This is our night to shine..."
"My friends in the NFL were blowing my phone up with texts when Ron did that," Chesney said. "Ron Wolf meant so much to football, he changed the game, but he also believed in the passion and the work it takes to make a team great. Those same ideas are what I brought with me to Nashville when I was a kid; the idea it transfers... what do you say?"
During "The Boys of Fall," Chesney pulled a girl in her mid-teens from the crowd. Chesney gave the teen a hug and then set the signed Broncos helmet on her head. "I like the idea of giving a girl the helmet," Chesney said. "Like 'Wild Child,' it says women really can do anything. It's important people know and think that. When you see this, I think it resets the way we look at the world. Dream and be what you want. Just look at me."
Chesney has broken his own record at Pittsburgh's Heinz Field, Green Bay's Lambeau Field, Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field, Kansas City's Arrowhead Stadium and Minneapolis' Target Stadium for the third time, as well as playing to nearly 54,000 at the Rose Bowl.
Chesney has several more stadium shows ahead: Rutherford, N.J's Met Life Stadium on Aug. 15, Detroit's Ford Field on Aug. 22 and two shows at Foxboro's Gillette Stadium on Aug. 28-29. Those shows will take the only country act on Billboard's Top 10 Touring Acts of the Last 25 Years to a total of 135 stadium shows since 2005.