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ACM Awards heading to Arlington?

Posted 7:54am on Friday, Apr. 06, 2012

Circle April 2015 on your calendars, North Texas: a whole lotta Nashville stars plan to be in town.

According to the Las Vegas Weekly, the 50th anniversary edition of the Academy of Country Music Awards will take place at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, with plans to seat 65,000 for what is a nationally televised event. (And while this is great news, it's also been in the works for nearly two years, as Weekly reporter John Katsilometes points out here.)

Katsilometes quotes ACM president Bob Romeo as saying: "We’re planning on Dallas for 2015 to celebrate our 50th anniversary. ... People say, 'That’s a lotta seats' ... But we could have sold 30,000 easily in Las Vegas, so you’re going in half sold-out, and it’s not a big stretch to reach that figure in Dallas. It’s not as if we don’t want Vegas to be involved. There is going to be some integration of Vegas for 2015."

Las Vegas has, for the last several years, been the home for the ACM awards, which are held every spring (the Country Music Association awards are generally held in the fall). According to reports, some 13 million people watched this year's edition of the ACMs, which featured big wins by Miranda Lambert and Denton's Eli Young Band.

(A hat tip to 96.3's Hawkeye and Dorsey, who first broke the news locally.)

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