Luke Bryan wrapped his touring year on Friday night delivering his thirteenth stadium show of 2018 playing to a sold-out crowd in Detroit’s Ford Field. This was the third time Luke closed his touring year at the home of the Detroit Lions. The four-time Entertainer of the Year and American Idol judge performed for 1.5 million fans in 2018.
Luke headlined more stadium shows this year than ever before, playing 13 of the biggest and best sports stadiums across North America in Toronto, New York City, Cincinnati, Tampa, Pittsburgh, Boston, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis, Chicago, Vancouver and Detroit. These shows were deemed the “What Makes You Country Tour XL Stadium Sized” and played for 30,000 to 50,000 thousand fans at each stadium stop often reaching crowds of more than 100,000 in a weekend with multiple back-to-back stadium dates and weekends.
“Stadiums are a lot of work,” Luke told Billboard magazine before he became the first country artist to perform and then sell-out Dodger Stadium. “You’ve gotta try to make 50,000 people feel like [they’re in] an intimate setting and an intimate environment. When you’re playing a 15,000-seat amphitheater, everybody’s right in front of you. When I get done with a stadium, I feel like I ran a marathon. There’s no just getting up there and nonchalantly making a stadium show happen. You gotta work hard at it.”
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Luke, who is scaling the country charts with “What Makes You Country,” returns to the judges table next year with Katy Perry and Lionel Richie for a second season of American Idol on ABC.