Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

George Strait at American Family Field: What you need to know

- Piet Levy Contact Piet at (414) 223-5162 or plevy@journalsen­ Follow him on Twitter at @pietlevy or Facebook at­S.

A month after the coronation, the King is visiting Milwaukee.

No, not Charles — the King of Country Music, George Strait, who’s coming to American Family Field June 3.

Strait has scaled back on his touring obligation­s in the past decade, and he is hitting only a handful of cities on his stadium tour this year. It will be his first show in Milwaukee since he headlined Summerfest in 2009.

Here’s everything you need to know before heading out to the show at American Family Field.

When do the gates, parking open?

The parking lots open Saturday at 3 p.m., with the gates opening at 4:15 p.m. and the show starting at 5:45 p.m. The show’s on a Saturday, so that should ease traffic a bit, but give yourself plenty of time. Driving to the first of Morgan Wallen’s two American Family Field shows in April, my car crawled for 46 minutes after pulling up to the stadium before I could finally park. And while there are five entryways into the stadium, expect long lines through security, too.

Parking and other options

The show’s going to be near capacity, meaning about 40,000 people, so to guarantee a spot, consider buying parking in advance. It’s cheaper, too: $25, or $40 for a spot in a preferred lot closer to the stadium. You can buy parking at If you decide to wait to buy parking on site, a spot in the general lot will cost $35, or $50 for the preferred lots.

Milwaukee County Transit System offers a pair of routes that’ll drop you off within walking distance of the ballpark: the GoldLine on Wisconsin Avenue and Route 18 on National Avenue. Get the schedule and more informatio­n at

If you take a cab to the concert, you’ll get dropped off at the transit area outside Helfaer Field, where you can also grab a cab after the show. Drop-off and pickup for Uber and Lyft are in the Gantner parking lot, but be warned: It’ll likely be mobbed after the show.

You also can check with bars that typically offer shuttle service to Brewers games, to see if they’ll do the same for Strait’s concert.

Tickets, costs and field seats

The show is nearly sold out, but there are some firsthand seats still available, priced from $125 for seats in the top sections, up to $1,103 for a “platinum seat” close to the stage, through ticketmast­ (Those prices don’t include fees.) Beyond that, scores of resale seats are also available through Ticketmast­er, starting at $171, up through $1,975 for seats close to the stage (again, excluding fees).

You’ll need to get a wristband to get access to any seats on the field. Wristband stations will be on the field level concourse near Sections 110, 118 and 127. Each tickethold­er will need to present a barcode for their field seat to redeem a wristband.

If your tickets are waiting at will call, you can pick them up at the box office near the home plate gate. Tickets will only be distribute­d to the designated will-call contact, who must present an ID and the credit card used for the purchase. The ticket office will open at 9 a.m. June 3 and remain open until Strait takes the stage.

Flagging security, other protocols

If you have any issues, text “Crew” and explain the situation to 41835. You also can speak to a staff member or visit one of three guest relations booths: at the field level behind Section 116, the loge level behind Section 222, or the terrace level behind Section 419.

Also, make sure to keep the aisles clear, and don’t stand on the seats. Signs cannot be more than 18 by 24 inches, attached to poles or handles, or be inappropri­ate.

Chris Stapleton and Little Big Town will open

It’s been awhile since Milwaukee fans have seen Strait, but his immediate opener Chris Stapleton has become a familiar face around these parts. Milwaukee has had a string of sold-out Stapleton appearance­s, including the award-winning singersong­writer’s Summerfest headlining appearance at the American Family Insurance Amphitheat­er in 2021 and his Fiserv Forum show last October. The night will begin with the four-part vocal harmonies of another awardsshow and country radio favorite, Little Big Town.

What will Strait play?

The 71-year-old Strait has one of the most staggering catalogs in country music history, with an unpreceden­ted 61 songs cracking the top 10 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart since 1981. There’s no way he’ll get to them all, but at his tour kickoff in Arizona this month, Strait played 32 songs — including country chart-toppers like “Check Yes or No” and “All My Ex’s Live in Texas.” Three songs in that show were with Stapleton, including their cover of the Townes Van Zandt classic “Pancho and Lefty.”

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JOURNAL SENTINEL FILES George Strait will play his first Milwaukee show in 14 years at American Family Field June 3.
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PIET LEVY/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL Chris Stapleton will open for George Strait at American Family Field June 3.

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