Kenny Chesney To Rock NFL Stadiums Next Year

Country superstar, NFL fan and former high school WR Kenny Chesney (left) will keep NFL stadium workers busy throughout 2011.

Chesney, who counts Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning as one of his millions of fans, announced this morning that he will play nine NFL stadiums next year on his five-month “Going Coastal” concert tour.

The tour will hit Raymond James Stadium in Tampa on March 19 and continue throughout the NFL offseason and preseason with a final gig slated for August 27 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA.

“I’ve always loved playing stadiums because I get to see so many of my fans at one time, but after everything I learned from the football heroes I met while making ‘The Boys of Fall,’ I’m seeing stadiums in a whole new way,” Chesney said in making the tour announcement.

Chesney is no stranger to football fields. He played wide receiver at Gibbs High, near Luttrell, TN, and was a huge University of Tennessee fan. Last fall, Chesney lived an NFL fantasy by producing “The Boys of Fall,” a documentary film that aired this summer on ESPN and is now being released on DVD.

Chesney began shooting footage for his single “The Boys of Fall,” but after watching New Orleans Saints’ coach Sean Payton talk to the football team at Payton’s high school, he expanded the music video to a full documentary film. Chesney filmed youth and high school games and sat down with football greats Troy Aikman, Bobby Bowden, Mack Brown, Tony Dungy, Brett Favre, John Madden, Peyton Manning, Joe Namath, Bill Parcells, Nick Saban and Jim Tressel. The film explores how “the lessons learned on the field help to shape who they are today,” according to Sony BMG Music Entertainment, which is releasing the DVD.

Kenny Chesney 2011 Tour (co-headline with Zac Brown Band)

March 19  – Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium
April 16 – Dallas, TX – Cowboys Stadium
June 4 – Washington, DC – FedEx Field
June 11 – Green Bay, WI – Lambeau Field
June 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field
July 2 – Pittsburgh, PA – Heinz Field
July 30 – Kansas City, MO – Arrowhead Stadium
August  20  Detroit, MI – Ford Field
August 27- Foxboro, MA – Gillette Stadium

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