US Bank Stadium announced Wednesday its first musical event once it opens for business this summer, booking country star Luke Bryan on Aug. 19.
The new home of the Minnesota Vikings is nearly complete and will start hosting the team’s yet-to-be-announced preseason games that same month.
Bryan’s Twin Cities stop on his newly expanded “Kill the Lights Tour” is the $1 billion venue’s “first announcement of many events at the stadium,” said Jenn Hathaway, spokeswoman for the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, which operates the stadium.
There is a chance that one or more other non-Vikings events could be scheduled before Bryan takes the stage, Hathaway said, adding, “We get the keys on July 29.”
In June before 43,000 fans, Bryan was the first country act to play TCF Bank Stadium, where the Minnesota Gophers play and where the Vikings have been calling home during construction of US Bank Stadium.
In a statement accompanying Wednesday’s announcement, the 39-year-old Georgian said, “We were looking at images of the stadium online, and we’re honored to be bringing our show there. We are going to rattle some windows in there and break it in.”
Little Big Town and Dustin Lynch are on the bill with Bryan, who in 2015 added the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year to his accolades. Ticket information will be available at a later date at usbankstadium.com.
Bryan’s second leg of the tour starts in Atlanta on May 21, includes Summerfest in Milwaukee on July 7 and wraps up Oct. 1 in Salt Lake City.