Austin, Texas, Jan. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Circuit of The Americas announced today that it will open its new, world-class Tower Amphitheater with a performance by country music superstar Kenny Chesney on Friday, April 5, at 8 p.m. CT. The popular performer will bring his "No Shoes Nation" tour, which begins this March and includes stops in 46 cities in the United States and Canada, to Austin to kick off the Tower Amphitheater's highly anticipated spring 2013 grand opening.
"We're thrilled to open our new Tower Amphitheater, which will be the largest outdoor entertainment venue in Central Texas, with the No. 1 ticket seller in country music today," Circuit President Steve Sexton said. "Kenny Chesney is a remarkable and engaging performer, a true fan favorite and one of the elite touring artists in the world. The Tower Amphitheater will showcase the biggest names in music, and for our very first show, it doesn't get much bigger than Kenny Chesney."
Chesney is about to begin his 11th consecutive tour with more than one million tickets sold and will have performed 101 stadium concerts after this summer's tour. He is a CMT and AMA "Artist of the Year," a four-time CMA "Entertainer of the Year," and a four-time ACM "Entertainer of the Year." Chesney has 24 No. 1 Singles and has sold more than 30 million albums. Last year Chesney was the winner of the Billboard Touring "Top Package" Award for the year's top-grossing concert tour and its "Road Warrior" Award, celebrating uncommon work ethic, professionalism and artistic integrity.
Up-and-coming country artist and Texas native Kacey Musgraves will open the show for Chesney. The 24-year-old singer-songwriter released her first single, the critically acclaimed "Merry Go Round," last September and will drop her debut album this spring.
The Tower Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas has the capacity to host up to 15,000 guests and is expected to feature more than 15 shows during its inaugural season. Situated at the base of the Circuit's signature, 22-story observation tower, the Tower Amphitheater offers the largest permanent stage in Austin, Texas, a city known internationally as the "Live Music Capital of the World."
Tower Amphitheater Features
- Total capacity for up to 15,000 people
- Fixed seating for 5,240 people
- Floor seating for 1,500 people or general admission floor shows for 2,300 guests
- 18 premium loge boxes (12 with four seats per box and six with six seats per box)
- VIP seating and hospitality areas
- Large lawn space behind reserved seating areas
- Standing room square footage of 60,492 square feet
- Multiple areas for concessions on both sides of the stage and throughout the Grand Plaza
- Two main entrances to fixed seating area
Tickets for Kenny Chesney's April 5 "No Shoes Nation" tour stop at the Tower Amphitheater go on sale Saturday, Jan. 26, 2013, at 10 a.m. CT and are available through Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com or via phone at 800.745.3000.
General admission/lawn tickets are priced at $45 per person. Reserved seats in the upper and lower bowls of the amphitheater are $85 per person. Floor seating runs $85 per person, and there are a limited number of premium floor seats priced at $150 per guest.
On-site parking can be purchased in advance and costs $25 for premium, up-close parking or $12 for standard parking. Standard parking can also be purchased on the evening of the show for $15. Guests are encouraged to purchase parking in advance to ensure discounted prices and the closet parking to the venue's main gates.
Circuit of The Americas' parking lots open three hours before show time at 5 p.m. CT. Main gates to the Grand Plaza area open at 6 p.m. for pre-concert festivities, and amphitheater seating opens at 7 p.m., one hour before the opening act takes the stage.
For additional information about the Tower Amphitheater at Circuit of The Americas, including upcoming events, ticketing information, VIP seating packages, venue and parking details, maps/directions and customer service information, visit www.TowerAmphitheater.com.
About Circuit of The Americas
Circuit of The Americas is a world-class destination for performance, education and business. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the United States designed for any and all classes of racing, from motor power to human power, and is home to the FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX™ while also hosting MotoGP™, V8 Supercars™, GRAND-AM Road Racing™. The Circuit of The Americas' master plan features a variety of permanent structures designed for business, education, entertainment and race use. Its signature element is a 3.4-mile circuit track. Other support buildings include the Tower Amphitheater, an expansive outdoor live music space; an iconic 251-foot tower with observation deck; an events and conference center; a banquet hall; and a state-of-the-art medical facility. For more information and downloadable video, audio and photos, visit: www.CircuitofTheAmericas.com or www.TowerAmphitheater.com.
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Source: Circuit of TheAmericas