Michelle Obama headlining State Farm Arena May 11, 2019

Originally filed Tuesday, December 11, 2018 by RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on his AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Michelle Obama will be coming to State Farm Arena May 11 to promote her best-selling book “Becoming” as part of an extension of a tour. 

The capacity of State Farm Arena could hit 21,000 if the seats behind the stage are sold.

The fall 10-city tour, which she is embarking on now, has largely sold out. She is in Detroit tonight and will conclude this leg of the tour in Brooklyn December 19.

“I couldn’t be more excited to visit even more cities across the country and around the world,” the former first lady, 54, said in an exclusive statement to People

Her book quickly jumped to No. 1 after its release a month ago and has sold 3 million copies in U.S. and Canada. It is the biggest selling hardcover book in North America this year. On Amazon, it has received an average of 5 out of 5 stars. 

You can register now through Wednesday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. EST for Ticketmaster Verified Fan presale, according to the press release. This is a way to reduce the chance tickets will fall in the hands of scalpers. Registered fans will receive a code which gives them access to purchase tickets for the North America events before the general public on Friday, December 14 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Obama and Live Nation will donate an unspecified portion of ticket inventory in each market to various organizations, including, but not limited to, charities, schools, and community groups in each city the tour visits. Those fans will get in free.

Ticket prices in other cities have started at $29.50 with $500 VIP tickets. On Stubhub for the rest of the fall portion of the tour, as of this writing, the cheapest tickets vary widely depending on the city, from $104 in Denver to $275 in San Jose. 

Here are the tour dates in 2019:

Friday, February 8, 2019 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome

Saturday, February 9, 2019 Portland, OR Moda Center

Tuesday, February 12, 20 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre    

Thursday, February 28, 2019 Austin, TX Frank Erwin Center

Saturday, March 2, 2019 Houston, TX Toyota Center

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center

Thursday, March 14, 2019 Milwaukee, WI Miller High Life Theatre

Saturday, March 16, 2019 Cleveland, OH KeyBank State Theatre

Thursday, March 21, 2019 Vancouver Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena

Friday, March 22, 2019 Edmonton, AB Rogers Place

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark Royal Arena

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Stockholm, Sweden Ericsson Globe

Thursday, April 11, 2019 Oslo, Norway Oslo Spektrum

Sunday, April 14, 2019 London, UK The O2 Arena

Tuesday, April 16, 201  Paris, France AccorHotels Arena (make-up date) 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019 Amsterdam, Netherlands  Ziggo Dome

Friday, May 3, 2019 Montreal, QC Bell Centre

Saturday, May 4, 2019 Toronto, ON Scotiabank Arena

Friday, May 10, 2019 Ft. Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center

Saturday, May 11, 2019 Atlanta, GA State Farm Arena Sunday, May 12, 2019 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium

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Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho
Rodney Ho covers radio and television for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.