Aldean, support acts Luke Bryan, Jake Owen and Thomas Rhett, along with surprise guest Ludacris, performed the first concert ever at the 92,746-capacity stadium, located in Athens, and attracted about 60,000 fans.

Live Nation was required to spend up to $10,000 to ensure the shrubberies were protected and extra security personnel was on hand to keep rowdy concert-goers from stomping on, leaning on and otherwise damaging the area, according to the Athens Banner-Herald.

Stadium officials had previously turned down hosting Bruce Springsteen and Athens-based R.E.M.