Garth Brooks announced as first Mercedes-Benz Stadium concert performer

#3 of #27. PLEASE KEEP IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER FOR THE CONTINUITY OF THE GALLERY. -Garth Brooks sings "Man Against Machine." Legendary country singer-songwriter-guitarist Garth Brooks played the fist of seven sold out shows Friday evening at Philips Arena. Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos.com Garth Brooks at Philips Arena Sept. 19. 2014. Photo: Robb Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.
#3 of #27. PLEASE KEEP IN SEQUENTIAL ORDER FOR THE CONTINUITY OF THE GALLERY. -Garth Brooks sings "Man Against Machine." Legendary country singer-songwriter-guitarist Garth Brooks played the fist of seven sold out shows Friday evening at Philips Arena. Robb D. Cohen/RobbsPhotos.com Garth Brooks at Philips Arena Sept. 19. 2014. Photo: Robb Cohen/www.RobbsPhotos.com.

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

Credit: Melissa Ruggieri

BY JEWEL WICKER

A country icon will host the first concert at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

Garth Brooks will be joined by his wife Trisha Yearwood for a concert at the new Atlanta stadium on Oct. 12.

"Two of Arthur Blank's goals for Mercedes-Benz Stadium were to create premiere home venues for the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC, and to attract the best in sports and entertainment to Atlanta," Steve Cannon, chief executive officer of AMB Group, said in a press release announcing the inaugural concert. "We've succeeded in securing the premiere sporting events in America and now have the top-selling solo artist of the 20th century, Garth Brooks, coming to Atlanta to showcase the stadium as an elite music venue. We could not be more pleased to have Garth set this milestone in the stadium."

Tickets for the show will go on sale 10 a.m. June 30 at Ticketmaster.com/garthbrooks