15,000 fans expected at George Strait concert - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

15,000 fans expected at George Strait concert

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From United Spirit Arena:

Country music icon George Strait will be kicking off his final tour Friday, January 18 in Lubbock, performing in concert at United Spirit Arena as part of "The Cowboy Rides Away Tour".  The concert begins at 7:30 pm.  Opening the show is special guest Martina McBride.

Fans are advised to prepare for heavy traffic and to plan to arrive early if possible.  Doors are scheduled to open at 6:30 pm.   

Parking is free and will be available in parking lots west of the facility across Indiana Avenue beginning at 5:30 pm on a first come, first serve basis.  These west lots must be accessed from the north by Marsha Sharp Freeway to Texas Tech Parkway to Knoxville, or from the south by 19th & Texas Tech Parkway to Parkway & Knoxville.  North-bound lanes of Indiana Avenue will be closed from 18th Street & Texas Tech Parkway to Indiana & Main Street.

Parking for fans holding ADA (American with Disabilities Act) parking hangtags or ADA license plates must be accessed by traveling west on Main Street from Flint Avenue, to the lot entrance immediately north of the arena.

Over 15,000 fans will be in attendance. Fans are advised to arrive early to allow plenty of time to park and to avoid last-minute traffic congestion and lines at the door.

Tickets for this event are sold out. The arena will call box office will open at 2:00 pm Friday.

Various concessions and a selection of beer and wine will be available for purchase at concession stands.           

All patrons and handbags are subject to visual inspection prior to admission to the arena.  Large purses and backpacks will not be allowed, and all small bags will be inspected.  Patrons who refuse to allow such inspections will be denied entry to the arena.  Prohibited items must either be returned to the owner's vehicle or discarded; the arena will not provide a storage area for these items.

The Arena is a non-smoking venue.  The designated smoking sections for this event will be outside the northeast and southeast doors of the Arena.  Violators of the facility's no smoking policy or carrying any of the prohibited items will be subject to ejection from the facility.

Non-professional style cameras are permitted for this event (compact digital, disposable, and 35 mm cameras); long lenses and flash photography are prohibited. Video or audio recording is strictly prohibited.

Prohibited items include:

■Professional-style (long lens) cameras

■Video/Audio recording devices

■Laser pointers/laser pens/flashlights

■Weapons of any kind (knives, tazers, mace, guns, chains, studded/spiked jewelry, etc.)

■Glass containers or cans of any kind

■Skate-shoes

■Fireworks

■Noise makers

■Alcoholic beverages

■Outside food and beverage

■Tobacco products of any kind

■Sticks, poles for signs / banners

■Animals other than aid dogs

■Helium balloons

Patrons are advised that the sole ticket agent is Select-a-Seat of Lubbock.  Purchasing tickets from other vendors, including re-sale web sites, scalpers, or brokers places the buyer at risk of paying exceedingly high prices above the ticket's actual face value, or possibly purchasing counterfeit or stolen tickets.

Counterfeit or duplicated tickets presented at events will be confiscated and ticket holders will be denied entry into the facility. The United Spirit Arena and Select-a-Seat accept no responsibility for tickets purchased through these unauthorized vendors.

For more information on George Strait and for tour updates, please visit www.GeorgeStrait.com or follow Strait onFacebook andTwitter.

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