AUSTIN (KXAN) — Whenever Garth Brooks tickets go on sale, they sell like hot cakes. In the case where there’s a FREE Garth Brooks show, we’re going to make an educated guess and say it’s going to be a madhouse.
UPDATE: And it was. South by Southwest said the tickets are all ‘sold out.’ One person told KXAN they saw the ‘sold out’ message on the site within 30 seconds after noon.
Of course, some of the people who got their hands on tickets are now turning around and selling them on Craigslist. One seller is selling two tickets for $200.
On Friday, the singer announced he was going to close out SXSW with a free show at Auditorium Shores, sponsored by Amazon Music. The SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake, which holds around 50,000 attendees, features a three-day series of charity beneficiary concert events. Only 20,000 will be allowed in for the Garth Brooks concert.
If you’re a fan, here’s what you need to do to get into the show.
Where: Auditorium Shores, 800 W. Riverside Dr.
Cost: It’s FREE for people who LIVE in Austin. Complimentary general admission tickets may be obtained here starting at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 17. Admission by complimentary ticket to this event will be restricted to residents of Austin and surrounding areas. Residency will be based on credit card billing address.
SXSW registrants and Music Festival wristband holders can also attend, with a special allocation of space made available via Primary and Secondary access. No ticket is required with a badge or wristband.
Time: The doors open at 11 a.m. Saturday. Garth will take the stage at 8 p.m. If he stays true to his song, he ain’t going down til the sun comes up.
Other Details: To enter the SXSW Outdoor Stage at Lady Bird Lake for GARTH BROOKS: Presented by Amazon Music download your Ticketmaster mobile ticket in advance by logging into your My Account at Ticketmaster.com.
Transportation Options: SXSW Registrants and Wristband holders can catch the SXSW Festival Shuttle from Austin Convention Center to the Outdoor Stage throughout the day. Paid parking is available at the Palmer Event Center garage (900 Barton Springs Rd or the Austin Convention Center Garage (201 E 2nd street) and One Texas Center garage (505 Barton Springs).
What you shouldn’t bring: No food, drink, coolers, pets, glass, beach umbrellas, chairs, tents or weapons.
Security: The city of Austin says it has been working closely with SXSW during the planning process, including the Garth Brooks concert. The city says well-developed public safety coordination and planning standards will be implemented to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike for the concert.
Although public transportation companies like Capital Metro were not notified before the surprise announcement, they say they are prepared. “We found out via Twitter just like everyone else did, but we were already prepared knowing good and well that South by Southwest was going to bring in a big act for the free concert,” said Sam Sargent with Capital Metro.
Sargent says Capital Metro has hired additional APD security and has a number of staff ambassadors at major stops.