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Published February 17, 2013, 10:05 PM

Fans pack the Alerus Center for George Strait's last tour

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fans bought up more than 20 thousand tickets in Grand Forks for George's Strait's last tour.

By: Kayla Strayer, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Fans bought up more than 20 thousand tickets in Grand Forks for George's Strait's last tour.

The sold-out show with Martina McBride was the largest concert ever at the Alerus Center.

Louis Messina/George Straits promoter: "30 years into his career, still selling out."

George Straits promoter says this is an emotional tour, especially the country legend himself.

Louis: "It gets a little emotional on stage for him I can see. Because he knows this is probably the last time he's ever going to come here."

Veteran Keith Sitts got to see Strait's last rodeo in North Dakota, for free.

Keith Sitts: "I got the tickets was from Vet Tix. I just went online, registered, applied and here I am."

This couple waited to see the man they call the King of Country for 15 years. That wait has finally paid off.

Sherrie Harrah: "George is kind of like a part of us."

Bob Harrah: "George is part of our family."

It wasn't just veterans and couples at the show. North Dakota's own world champion boxer Virgil Hill also made an appearance.

"I always say this, you gotta be able to two step, rock it out and get your bump and grind on all in the same night."

Keith: "There is so many people here tonight. It is very loud, there's a lot of excitement."

And perhaps one of the most exciting thrills of the night...

Louis: "When he walks down that aisle and goes on stage I mean their hearts, their eyes, they just light up."

Virgil Hill/boxer and fan: "It was respectful. It was beautiful. It was a good sending off from North Dakota to George Strait."

Jason Aldean is the next country headliner at the Alerus, on March 23rd.

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