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Tickets sell out for Garth Brooks shows in Las Vegas

Wynn Web site flooded with requests for tickets to see legendary country music star

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Entertainer Garth Brooks stands by Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn as they announce a deal during a news conference in the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino Thursday, October 15, 2009. The arrangement will bring Brooks out of retirement for a series of special performances in the theater.

Updated Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009 | 3:01 p.m.

Garth Brooks to perform at Wynn

Entertainer Garth Brooks, left, and Wynn Resorts CEO Steve Wynn announce a deal during a news conference in the Encore Theater at the Wynn Las Vegas hotel-casino Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009. The arrangement will bring Brooks out of retirement for a series of special performances in the theater. Launch slideshow »

Tickets for Garth Brooks' first five weekend shows at Wynn Las Vegas sold out just hours after they went on sale at 8 a.m. Saturday.

Wynn Las Vegas said tickets sold out by 1 p.m. Saturday and the resort’s Web site and phones were inundated with traffic for concert tickets. During the course of the day, Wynn Las Vegas’ box office Web site received more than 5.4 million page views. The resort took more that 140,000 calls for tickets and had 40,000 people waiting for tickets in the online queue at any given moment.

But fans still might be able to get their hands on tickets. Returned or unclaimed tickets will be released to a stand-by line that will form at the Wynn box office on show days.

Wynn said they will be announcing additional concert dates soon. Tickets will still be priced at $125 and are limited to six tickets per order.

Brooks will begin his first performances on Dec. 11 at the Encore Theater. Confirmed dates include Dec. 11-13, Jan. 1-3 and 22-24, Feb. 12-14 and 26-28.

The country music star announced he would be coming out of retirement for an extended stay at Encore with Wynn Resorts Chairman and CEO Steve Wynn during press conference at the Encore Theater Oct. 15.

Wynn’s entertainment venue, the Encore Theater, has remained largely empty with the exception of a few temporary acts since resident performer Danny Gans died in May.

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