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Garth Brooks performs at CenturyLink Center in Omaha in 2015.

Lincoln Journal Star file photo

LINCOLN — Garth Brooks is returning to Lincoln for the first time in two decades.

The country superstar will play Pinnacle Bank Arena on Oct. 21, 20 years and a month after his last Lincoln show.

“We’re extremely honored to see Garth return to Lincoln 20 years after his last performance here,” said Lincoln arena manager Tom Lorenz. “It’s going to be multiple days of high excitement to have Garth in town.”

In his last Lincoln appearances, Brooks played five shows, from Sept. 24 to Sept. 28, 1997, at the Devaney Sports Center.

The number of concerts in October has yet to be determined.

On his “World Tour” that began in 2014, Brooks has been holding multiple-day residencies in every city. After the initially announced show sells out, more are added. Brooks has done at least three concerts in each of the cities.

In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Brooks will be playing nine shows — the most in any city — over two weekends in September. Only the Sept. 16 show was included in the initial on-sale announcement.

Brooks has five shows planned in Indianapolis, Indiana, next month.

“We don’t know how many shows they’ll do,” Lorenz said. “If they get enough demand, they put another show on sale.”

In Omaha in 2015, Brooks played six shows in four days at the CenturyLink Center, with two concerts a night on two of the nights, one at 7 p.m. and one at 10:30 p.m. In Sioux Falls, three of the weekend days have two shows, one at 3 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. Either of those schedules could work in Lincoln if enough shows are added to require two per day.

As is Brooks’ policy, all tickets for all shows will be $74.98 (including taxes and fees).

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Sept. 15. Tickets will be available only at ticketmaster.com and by phone at 800-745-3000.

Brooks first performed in Lincoln in November 1990, headlining a Pershing Auditorium show as his breakthrough album “No Fences” flew up the country and pop charts. But his Lincoln connection goes back to 1984.

That was when Brooks was a javelin thrower for Oklahoma State, with dreams of Olympic glory, and came to Lincoln for the Big Eight Conference track meet.

“The only time I didn’t make the finals in javelin was my senior year,” Brooks told the Lincoln Journal in 1990. “I think that was the big transfer into music for me, and I was seeing what I wanted to do, and I had dedicated a lot of time into my singing. It wouldn’t have mattered anyway. The level of javelin throwing was up real big in my senior year.”

Brooks played the Devaney Center for the first time in 1993 before returning there for the five shows in 1997.

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