Garth Brooks performs in 2008

Garth Brooks performs in 2008

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Garth Brooks kicks off his seven-show run on Thursday, Sept. 17 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. Here's what you need to know if you're going to one of the concerts. The main takeaway: go early.

Is there an opening act?

Yes and no: Karyn Rochelle will open for Brooks on Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday. Her set begins at 7:30 p.m. Garth is scheduled to go on at 8:15.

There will be no opening act Friday and Saturday, when Brooks performs two shows each night. He's expected to go on right at 7 p.m., so plan accordingly.

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When do doors open?

On Thursday, Sunday and Tuesday, doors open at 6 p.m. 

On Friday and Saturday, doors open at 5:30 for the early show and approximately 10 p.m. for the late show. 

Parking

For all shows except the 10:30 p.m. shows, parking lots will open two hours before showtime, the AAC says.

If you're attending one of the late shows, parking will be tough. The AAC is recommending that concertgoers buy parking in Platinum Parking managed lots at ahead of time at ParkWhiz.com or take public transportation (DART, TRE, Uber, taxi -- more on those below). 

Also if you're going to one of the late shows and you get there before the first concert lets out, the AAC recommends that you chill in AT&T Plaza or go to one of the nearby bars or restaurants.

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DART, TRE

Special Red Line trains to Parker Road and Blue Line to Rowlett Station will also leave Victory 15 minutes after all shows. But southbound trains on those lines won't be available.

Blue and Red line passengers can transfer between lines at West End Station to get to Victory.

Special eastbound Trinity Railway Express trains will be added for the late weekend and Sunday shows. Trains will leave Fort Worth's T&P Station one hour and 40 minutes before the start of those shows and arrive at Victory 45 minutes before the performances begin. About 20 minutes after each performance, westbound TRE trains will leave for Fort Worth.

Green Line trains will mostly operate on normal schedules, the exceptions being special north Carrollton trains leaving 15 minutes after the late Friday and Saturday performances.

On Friday and Saturday, the four special trains on the TRE, Blue, Green and Red lines that leave soon after the show will be the last trains pulling out of Victory for the night.

For arrivals to all seven shows, Green and Orange line trains will operate on their normal schedules. Orange Line trains will operate on normal schedules after all performances, which means they won't be running after the late Friday and Saturday shows.

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Road Work

On Friday, various lanes of both I-30 and I-35E through downtown will be closed beginning at 9 p.m., just as fans from one show are leaving and fans for another are trying to get to the arena.

On Saturday, various I-30 lanes near downtown will close beginning at 11 p.m., which could complicate some drives home.

Don't expect Beckley Avenue to serve as a work-around. The intersection with I-30 will be completely closed Friday starting at 9 p.m.

Uber and taxi service

Here's what the AAC says:

Limos, private buses, and individual pick-up and drop-off is on Valor Place. 

Uber will pick next to Pira Lounge, at 2500 Valor Place.

Taxis will be available on Olive Street and next to the Jack Daniels Old. No. 7 Club, at 2501 N. Houston St., and next to the W Dallas hotel at 3000 Olive Street.

Cameras

No professional cameras or A/V equipment, no iPads and no selfie sticks. Leave those at home, folks.  A full list of prohibited items is here.

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