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Big news for a big state: 50th Anniversary ACM Awards show to be held in Texas

The rumors were true after all; it was confirmed last night at the 49th Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Blake Shelton pointed out Dallas Cowboys’ owner, Jerry Jones in the front row. and announced that the 50th Anniversary Show for the Country Music Awards will be held in 2015 in Texas, at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington(a part of the Dallas area.) Jerry smiled and nodded. Luke Bryan jokingly remarked that that would be “the first time the ACM’s would be held in the stadium…just like possibly the first playoff championships.” With laughter filling the MGM Arena, Luke turned to Blake and nervously whispered “Is he smiling?” Of course, Jerry took it all in great fun.

Texas state flag.
Texas state flag.
Courtesy of Texas Republican House of Representatives
Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton host 49th Annual ACMs
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

And, there it was; Blake Shelton on stage tonight at the 2014 49th Annual Country Music Awards, announced the ACMs will celebrate their 50th Anniversary and Awards show in the AT&T Stadium in Arlington - a big venue for a big anniversary. Academy president and music promoter Bob Romeo broke the news in the Las Vegas Review-Journal first, But ACM officials wouldn’t comment beyond Romeo’s initial remarks; apparently, he let it slip a little too soon. “I cannot confirm,” says AT&T Stadium spokesman Brett Daniels. “We have had conversations with them, but I am not aware of them making any formal announcements.” those conversations have been taking place for several years.

Well, Blake, on stage with co-host Luke Bryan made that formal announcement on live television tonight. Bob Romero had decided on Arlington because of George Strait: His star-studded “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” finale, slated for June 7, sold out in minutes, scheduled as the last day and location of the last performance on that tour. It will be held the AT&T Stadium in Arlington.

George Strait responded to the question with ease when he sold out the stadium for the final June 7th date of his "Cowboy Rides Away" farewell tour in just 24 hours. Romeo says that seating will be much like the Super Bowl: 90% of the nearly 11,000 tickets will go to the record labels and corporate sponsors, with 10% being available for public sale.

It had been rumored that the ACMs were also lured to Arlington with the same Texas-backed tax-reimbursing event trust funds used to bring the Final Four and the Super Bowl to Arlington — and the same major-events fund being used to help lure the 2016 Republican National Convention to Dallas with the promise of $24 million. Per the Texas Ahead website: “To qualify for these funds, an event must be competitively bid, and the community must be competing with cities outside Texas for the right to host it.”

The 49th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards just wrapped up minutes ago with a musical tribute by Miranda Lambert and George Strait to Merle Haggard on his birthday, tonight live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Click here for the winners (Spoiler alert: George Strait won Entertainer of the Year!)

One journalist scoffed at the idea. What will happen with the other events that surround the Awards show ... where will they get moved to? This Examiner’s answer comes with the confidence and ease of King George…”Have you been to the (Arlington)Dallas/Fort Worth/Austin area lately?” Dallas-Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio areas combined rank as the No. 8 megalopolis in North America from a study published by Robert Florida.

Billy Bob’s mega venue - "The World's Largest Honky Tonk" with 127,000 square feet, comes to mind as an additional location.

So, cheer Texans! The ACMs will celebrate its highest honor of having the 50th Anniversary CMA Awards show in Texas.

You can buy tickets through the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino and Arena - click here!

or at Ticketmaster for AT&T Stadium in Arlington - 1 AT&T Way, Arlington, TX 76011 - From I-30 Exit # 28 Collins St. South on Collins to Randol Mill Rd. The Stadium is on the SE corner of Collins and Randol Mill Rd.Box Office Numbers (817) 892-5000 or (817) 892-4000.

Box Office Hours: 9a.m. -5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 9 a.m.- 4p.m. Friday - Types of Payment Accepted - Cash, MC, Visa, Amex.

Will Call - Will Call is available at AT&T Stadium Ticket Office locations at Entry A on the northeast side of the stadium and at Entry F on the southwest side of the stadium. Will Call ticket windows open three (3) hours prior to most events. To claim tickets at Will Call, a photo ID and the credit card used to purchase the tickets must be presented. For Cowboys games, only the account holder of record may pick up tickets. A person other than the account holder may pick up tickets from Will Call provided that they present written and signed authorization from the account holder along with a copy of the account holder's photo ID.

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