Kenny Chesney has set a lot of new records in country music. Now he set another one in New York City. Last Saturday, Chesney played the Meadowlands in East Rutherford in front of an estimated 55,000 fans. The previous record in paid attendance for a country show was a 1983 festival with Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Linda Ronstadt at Giants Stadium.
New York Jets coach Rex Ryan and New York Yankee outfielder Nick Swisher were reportedly in the crowd.
While the show may have been the biggest in paid attendance for country, it comes no where close to the biggest country show ever to play New York. Garth Brooks performance at Central Park in 1997, filmed for HBO, was estimated to have more than 250,000 New Yorkers stomping their feet.