Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff :: An Insider’s Tips

Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff :: An Insider’s Tips

Are you guys as excited as I am for this weekend?

I saw Garth Brooks in Lafayette six years ago but when he announced his Sugar Bowl Kickoff Concert, I knew I had to go back. I didn’t buy tickets at the initial sale of them back in July, and I thought that my chance was done. Well, two weeks ago I looked at Vivid Seats and saw tickets in the 600s for only $14! So at the last minute, I decided there was no better time to see him again! I got tickets for all four of us and am taking my 8 year old to his first “real concert.” I ended up scoring 4 tickets in the lower level for less than $75 (including fees, which are always high) per ticket, and I can not wait for Saturday.

But There Are Some Things You Should Know

I thankfully talked to a friend from college that works close to the organization, and I got some first hand and SUPER IMPORTANT info on how to navigate the day. There are some schedule changes and need to know information that anyone (and specifically if you’re bringing kids!) should be aware of:

Tailgate Town

Sugarbowl Country Kickoff Tailgate Town

Tailgate Town is going on from Noon till 5:00PM on Saturday, September 2nd

The  Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff will include a full day of activities as events begin at 12:00PM with Tailgate Town hosted by New Orleans & Company. Staged in Champions Square at the Caesars Superdome, Tailgate Town (free admission) will feature multiple performers and football-themed activations to entertain fans of all ages as a lead-in to the main event inside the Superdome.

Tickets for Louisiana’s Sugar Bowl Country Kickoff with Garth Brooks, Lainey Wilson, and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band are still available! Tickets are super low priced on all resale websites; you DO NOT have to have tickets for Tailgate Town though.

Tailgate Town opens at noon. DJ Jevity, Alex Smith, and Austin Bishop will provide the musical entertainment for Tailgate Town. Bishop will open the outdoor event at 12:30 p.m., followed by a set by Alex Smith, and then the closing performance by DJ Levity. As this is not a ticketed event, fans will be able to leave Tailgate Town and re-enter later in the event. 

Gates for the concert will still open at 4:30PM, however there will be no live entertainment in the Superdome until 7PM. This means if you are bringing your kids, plan accordingly. Starting at noon and going till midnight may be too much. Garth Brooks will not go on until 9:00pm and no sooner. So if you are bringing early nighters, be aware. You may want to hit Tailgate Town early and go home midday for a nap and clothing change before the concert starts at 7! Make sure any bag you are bringing follows the bag policy for the Superdome as well.
Expect to be at the show until 11 PM! The Superdome events are NO CASH, so be prepared with your card as well for drinks, food, and souvenirs.

Have a blast and enjoy one of the best live shows ever!

Dana Wattigney
Moving from Nebraska in middle school, Dana considers herself a New Orleanian 25 years later. She now lives in Belle Chasse with her husband Ryan, 12-year-old Mila, and 8-year-old Rex. As the Executive Director of the YMCA in her community, she is very involved in all aspects of family life. You can find her on the weekend doing DIY projects, cheering on LSU or the Saints, and spending time with her family. A lover of all revelry, there is no festival, concert, or event that she won't go to! Catch her with the Krewe of Cleopatra each Mardi Gras. She gets out of town with her kids as much as possible, they enjoy the outdoors, especially the mountains & the beach. Affectionately known as "Dana Dolittle" to her friends, you can expect her to have a random animal she is trying to help at any given time. Dana loves to write & says there are no topics off limits.


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