Brooks in the books: Garth sets multiple records with Minneapolis shows

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With a final two shows on Saturday, the 11 Garth Brooks concerts are now history. The fan favorite is leaving Minnesota after breaking – and setting – some record concert numbers, both for himself and for the city of Minneapolis.

The Star Tribune reports the unofficial tally of total tickets sold stands at 205,000. The tickets all went for $70.50, including fees, and the newspaper said that by Saturday's final last gigs, ticket brokers were getting as much as $600.

MPR News noted that with the Minneapolis concerts, Brooks set a record for the highest number of tickets sold for a single city in North America. The country superstar's single-city record was previously held by Chicago, where he sold 180,000 tickets for 11 shows.

Brooks also broke his own record to set a new one for most fans coming to Target Center for one entertainer's engagement. When Brooks last toured in 1998, he sold a then-record 162,833 tickets for nine Target Center shows.

Brooks returned the love that he felt from Minnesota audiences.

As the concert run began, KARE 11 reported that fans and their money were following Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood into downtown Minneapolis.

"To have this many people coming for this prominent set of shows from literally all over the country, spending money in our hotels, eating at our restaurants, enjoying all that downtown has to offer as well as this great performance at Target Center, it's really very positive," Minneapolis Downtown Council CEO Steve Cramer told the station.

It's not all about numbers, of course. The Star Tribune's critic Jon Bream noted that during the long, strenuous run, "Brooks’ voice held up — as did his energy.

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