While many artists are still being confirmed, Fan Fair has enough nailed down to whet any country fan’s appetite.
Brooks & Dunn,Kenny Chesney, Diamond Rio, Sara Evans, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Martina McBride, Jamie O’Neal, Brad Paisley, Jessica Andrews, SHeDAISY, keith urban, and Lee Ann Womack are some of the musicians expected to take to the stage at the Adelphia Coliseum for the nightly concerts.
Other artists expected to appear are Billy Ray Cyrus, Vince Gill, Joe Diffie, George Jones, Tracy Lawrence, Lonestar, Neal McCoy, Allison Paige, Collin Raye, Blake Shelton, Cyndi Thomson, Trick Pony, Phil Vassar, and Rascal Flatts.
Along with the nightly shows at the stadium, for which there will be two concert stages, Fan Fair 2002 will feature daily concerts on the stages at Riverfront Park, nearly 30 hours of autograph signing at the Nashville Convention Center, late night music at downtown clubs and activities for the whole family at the Family Zone.
Over the course of its 30-year history, Fan Fair has become a travel destination for country music lovers from around the world. Travel and tourist agencies start putting together packages long before the schedule is finalized as folks plan their pilgrimages to Music City.
The family-friendly angle is an important part of Fan Fair’s success and affordablity is a big issue.
Four-day ticket packages are divided into three categories, based on the level of reserved seating at Adelphia Coliseum. Tickets range from $100 to $145, with special reduced prices for those 18 and under. Kids under the age of three get in free.
Fan Fair 2002 will continue its new philanthropic component that began in 2001, with the Country Music Association now donating half of the net proceeds to charities designated by the participating artists.
2001 was a major milestone for the event. During the 18 previous years, Fan Fair had been held at the 24,000-capacity Tennessee State Fairgrounds. In an attempt to reinvigorate the festivities and boost attendance, Fan Fair returned to downtown, where more concerts and other activities could be added.
The move to the 60,000-seat Adelphia Coliseum paid off. Advance ticket sales easily exceeded the year prior and more local folks turned out for what the CMA hopes will become an urban festival attraction.