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Thousands attend opening concert at Thunder Ridge

Thunder Ridge Nature Arena is again open for business.


Country star Morgan Wallen kicked off the 2024 season on Saturday night, with a packed house of music lovers packing the arena.


Wallen, an award winning artist known for such hits as “Up Down,” “Whiskey Glasses,” “Chasin' You,” “More than my Hometown” and “Last Night,” was a part of the sixth season on “The Voice.” The exposure he received on that show led to the signing of a recording contract and sparked his country music career.


Wallen was the first artist to perform at the exquisite state-of-the-art arena since country legend Garth Brooks opened the arena in 2022.


The planned Concert for Conservation, slated to be the 2024 opening event at the arena, was canceled due to inclement weather.


Hundreds of construction workers have been putting in thousands of hours creating additional parking, leveling pathways and adding a luxury suite tower to the unique property. The Johnny Morris-owned venue also features improvements for those with disabilities, including increased seating and more dedicated parking.


The main entrance to the approximately 20,000-seat Thunder Ridge was expanded, and two secondary entrances were added.  


To make it easier for concert-goers to reach the venue, Highway 86 has been widened from two lanes to four lanes, with turn lanes and a tunnel added for easier access to Thunder Ridge Nature Arena.


Several top artists will make appearances at the Thunder Ridge Nature Arena this summer. Those include Chris Stapleton (June 13), Luke Bryan (July 27), Slightly Stoopid and Dirty Heads (August 31), Imagine Dragons (September 8) and Pitbull and T-Pain (September 21).  Fuerza Regida is slated to perform on October 8.


The legendary Rolling Stones announced last week that they have added a stop on their Hackney Diamonds Tour and will be performing at Thunder Ridge on July 21.


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