SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — It was a packed house on Friday night at Sleep Train Arena as Garth Brooks took the stage for the first of six concerts in Sacramento.

It’s his first appearance in Sacramento since 1997, and he says he’s ready for six packed shows in the next week at Sleep Train Arena.

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“We’re rolling through Boston, fantastic, Detroit, fantastic,” he said. “But you see Sacramento waiting on that list, and we’re here for vacation; we’re here to have some fun.”

And if the ticket sales are any indication, there’s a whole lot of people who want to have some fun too. Those high sales are bringing people to Sacramento in droves. The Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau says the shows are bringing a boost to the local economy and packing hotels.

These will likely be the last shows Brooks plays at Sleep Train Arena. A new downtown arena is expected to open in October 2016, and the Sleep Train property is likely to be converted into a new use.

“The building is more of a square than a long oval, which means it’s like putting on headphones because everybody’s just right here around you,” he said.

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And with Sacramento’s incredible eateries and farm-to-fork reputation, we wondered where he’ll be eating this weekend.

“I’ll probably go to In-n-Out Burger,’cause we don’t have em, and then i’ll probably go to In-N-Out Burger,” he said. “People think it’s easy to stay 260, but you’ve gotta work at it.”

He knows he’s going to be working extra hard this weekend.

“This is a great place to play, but they aren’t going to let you get outta here with anything left. that’s why we love coming here,” he said.

In the end, Brooks says coming to Sacramento feels like home.

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“It’s all about getting to be with the people you love and singing the music you love and i’m lucky enough to have both of them,” he said.