Garth @ The Sprint Center

Garth

My first time at the Sprint Center came with a lot of expectation. I have read a lot about the place and have been wanting to visit it since I first moved to KC and saw the structure being built. I am not the biggest country music fan, in fact I kind of dislike most of it, but last night I became a total cowboy wannabe. Garth Brooks is a great entertainer and he puts on a great show. So lets see how the Sprint Center did.

Parking

I heard a lot about parking for an event at the Sprint Center from the local media and I am sorry to say they are all wrong. If you park close to the event you are going to be stuck on traffic for a while, I knew that just from going to big events before. We decided to go for drinks at Vivaces first and meet the couple that was going with us to the concert. We then drove only one car a little closer to the arena and found parking right away. We went into a parking garage that was advertising 5 dollar parking only 5 blocks away. It was a beautiful night and 5 blocks is not a long walk. This also helped tons getting out because there was no opportunity for build up of traffic and since we were not going towards the highway like everyone else that simplified things. We were back home in less than 30 minutes.

The Arena

Even though I was impressed with the size from the outside of the arena, I was not too impressed when I was inside. It is more of a sports arena than for concerts, I really hope they get a team or it would really be a waste. We are lucky enough to have a private box at the center thanks to my boss, but if I had to buy tickets I think the best seat in the place for a concert is actually behind the stage. Those seats are at the best viewing angle for sure. The acoustics of the place seemed fine to me, I am not an expert on the subject but I heard every note.

The Crowd

Yes, I have to rub it in a little more. Going in as a VIP is the way to go. No line to get in for us, but general admission an hour before the show it wrapped around the block but it seemed to flow. Everyone seemed to have a great time and the noise level was amazing when Garth came out to play, compared to the cheers when his wife started the night. The people that worked inside all seemed to be very nice and attentive, the best thing to get food wise is in the Quick Trip inside the arena. The Founders private bar was not anything too special and I believe the prices of the food in there are the same as everywhere else.

The Show

Garth’s wife sang a couple of good songs that I actually recognized, one was a cover of “How do I live without you” and the other one was “American Girl.” She did a very short set and I think did an excellent job. I did not like that there was a big pause between her show and Garth’s I kind of felt like she should have warmed up the crowd and then led right into him singing.

Garth is an amazing entertainer. He works the crowd like nobody else I have seen live. He truly wants to make you a cowboy for the night and take you on a ride. I did wear the belt buckle that Travis gave me, so I had at least one piece of Country attire. His songs are pretty timeless and even for a non country fan I seemed to know a lot of them. Even though he did a long set it seemed to go by way too fast.

The Verdict

The Sprint Center is one of the best arenas I have been to. It seemed like it was very well organized and if you are willing to walk some blocks you can park pretty cheap. As long as the scalpers do not ruin the chance to get tickets I believe that this arena will become one of the best places in the country to go see a show. Go take a look at the pictures at my wife’s flickr.

9 Responses to Garth @ The Sprint Center

  1. why garth brooks? pfft. pansy. i bet you were disappointed when your wife made you go, and i bet you were even more disappointed when it wasn’t “elmo on ice”

  2. I’ve seen a lot of country shows, but never Garth. I did see Trisha Yearwood before (his wife now) and she was really good.

    I’m still jealous of those seats and I wish I could come out there for the AVP!! Arrrrggghhh!!

  3. Actually “How Do I Live” was not a cover. She was the first to record the song that Diane Warren wrote and Trisha’s version is the one used in the movie “Con Air.” Later LeAnn Rimes released a version that the studio had passed on. Trisha’s charted higher and is a better song in my opinion :)

  4. @ Trunk: I did not make him do anything. I think he had more fun than I did. Meh! Rude.

  5. So jealous! That had to have worn you out. His concerts are full of such engery. You come away like you ran a marathon.

  6. Living in Texas for so long, he came around quite often and people just loved his shows — always said he was a great performer. That’s great that you could still hear in that large of a venue. I’ve been in some places like that were the sound is just horrible.

  7. You wore your cowboy belt buckle, I assume?

  8. Yes, Travis. He did. ;-) The hat was missing, though.

  9. If you have photos from Garth or other Sprint Center events, post them on http://www.sprintcentermoments.com. We’d love to see them!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

Go to top