Downtown Tulsa Bars, Restaurants Benefit From 'Garth-Mania'

Monday, January 12th 2015, 11:00 pm
By: News On 6

A record-breaking tour is bringing record-setting crowds to downtown Tulsa.

Garth Brooks' big return to Tulsa has folks packing into more than just the BOK Center, some of downtown Tulsa's businesses are feeling the impact of “Garth-mania.”

Nearly 70,000 fans came into downtown to see Garth Brooks play, and the downtown bars and restaurants had record setting nights because of the sold out shows.

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Fans of Garth Brooks are coming in from all over the country to see him play at the BOK Center in downtown Tulsa.

Saturday was the busiest night of the weekend when fans started lining up for the first show at 7:00.

Police started redirecting traffic for the 10:30 double-header show when crowds started pouring out into the streets.

People waiting for the 10:30 show didn't care if it was delayed by a few minutes, Brooks was making history in Tulsa.

Reporter, "You guys were supposed to be inside the show right now.

Garth Brooks Fan, "We've been waiting for a while, about 10 or 15 minutes, it's chilly, but it's worth it,"

Some fans trying to escape the cold took shelter inside nearby bars and restaurants.

"We sold quite a bit of it over the weekend it was a big hit," Mixed Company owner, Jared Jordan.

He said his bar filled up with Brooks fans.

"We couldn't of asked for a nicer crowd to come down or just a better group of people because it's really been a great experience," said Jordan. “You know the big thing is showcasing Tulsa and trying to show everybody from out of town what a cool place this can be."

Sergeant L.R. Young said his team of officers planned weeks in advance for Brooks' visit.

Police not only had streets blocked off, but tried to get people to park in different parts downtown to ease congestion.

He said fans attending this week's shows should be prepared for downtown traffic.

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"On Thursday and Friday, just remember that you're going to have to deal with rush hour traffic, people leaving downtown - leaving from work - and if the doors open at 5:30, just remember it's going to take a little of transition to get here," Young said.

Brooks' next show is next Thursday night at 7:00.

Mixed Company said on Saturday night it sold 200 shots of its own flavored whiskey.