The King of Country Returns

New Fort Worth arena wrangles country legend George Strait for debut season

New Fort Worth arena wrangles country legend George Strait for debut

George Strait final concert at AT&T Stadium in Arlington
George Strait will play in Fort Worth for the first time in 37 years when he comes to Dickies Arena on November 22, 2019. Photo by D. Foster

UPDATE: After selling out the first concert on November 22 in less than 30 minutes, George Strait has added a second performance at Dickies Arena on November 23. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, February 8 at 10 am at Ticketmaster.com. Ticket prices start at $19.82, with VIP packages also be available for purchase.

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Fort Worth's new Dickies Arena has nabbed the biggest hat in country music for its premiere season: George Strait. The legendary Texas singer will play a show there November 22, 2019.

Pre-sale tickets went on sale November 28 and will be available to the general public at 10 am December 7. 

Strait's concert comes four-and-a-half years after he ended his touring days with a blowout show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, and more than 30 years after his last Fort Worth concert. Asleep at the Wheel will be the opening act.

The new Fort Worth arena is slated to debut in November 2019. Strait's show is the first one announced for the venue, though it's not clear whether it will be the opening concert. 

It has been 37 years since Strait's first and only concert in Fort Worth, when he played at Billy Bob's in 1982. As a nod to that show, tickets will start at $19.82, ranging to $250.

Though 2014 was the end of Strait's touring days, he has remained a presence in the country music scene, releasing his 29th album, Cold Beer Conversation, in 2015, and his seventh Christmas album, Strait for the Holidays, in 2016. 

Dickies Arena is the 14,000-seat venue that has been under construction on the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Center west of downtown Fort Worth since February 2017.

Besides hosting concerts, it will be home to the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo, and has been tapped to host future NCAA men’s basketball rounds and the NCAA women’s gymnastics championships.