In another hopeful sign to bet on concerts making a comeback in the fall, Treasure Island Casino has booked a new Sept. 3 date at its amphitheater with one of the biggest names in country music, Luke Bryan.
The Red Wing area venue is one of a couple of dozen stops listed on Bryan's Proud to Be Right Here Tour for the fall. Tickets will go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. via TICasino.com. Reserved seats will be $139, $92, $79 and $58. General admission tickets are $42.50.
A Treasure Island rep confirmed that Bryan's concert, with Louisiana twanger Dylan Scott as opener, will be sold at full capacity.
The amphitheater — which opened in 2018 but was closed all last summer — holds about 15,000 people, split between permanent seats and a grassy general admission area. That's still a much smaller number compared with Bryan's previous Minnesota shows, which have included packed concerts at Target Field and U.S. Bank Stadium.
Minnesota's COVID-19 safety rules now cap audience size at 10,000 for large outdoor events, but concert promoters are crossing their fingers the guidelines will open up by fall.
Bryan himself can attest to the need for ongoing safety concerns: He recently was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had to skip TV appearances this month on "American Idol" and the ACM Awards.
Treasure Island's amphitheater only has one show on the books for summer: Foreigner on July 2. Makeup dates for two doubleheader concerts from last summer still are scheduled there for September: Matchbox 20 with the Wallflowers on Sept. 10, followed by Wilco with Trampled by Turtles on Sept. 18.
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