[Photo Story] Luke Combs Lights Up 80,000-Person Beaver Stadium Crowd

Country music star Luke Combs made his way to Happy Valley Saturday night to perform in front of a record-breaking concert crowd of 80,000 people in the home of the Nittany Lions.

In true concert fashion, four openers rocked the stage before Combs made his anticipated appearance. Colby Acuff, Drew Parker, Mitchell Tenpenny, and Jordan Davis prepared the stadium for the concert of a lifetime.

Acuff and Parker each performed their respective hits in the late afternoon to warm the chilly stadium up for Combs. Each opener expressed gratitude for the opportunity to play Beaver Stadium as it was each artist’s largest venue they’d played at that point.

Tenpenny played familiar hits like “Drunk Me” and “Truth About You” while sporting a No. 24 Penn State jersey with his last name on the back.

Then, after Davis threw the first pitch at Penn State baseball’s afternoon matchup, the Shreveport, Louisiana, native thrilled the nearly full stadium with singalongs of popular tunes “Damn Good Time,” “Tuscon Too Late,” “Next Thing You Know,” and “Buy Dirt.”

Each opener conducted their own “We Are” chant throughout their sets and each was more impressed with the result than the last.

With each passing performance, Beaver Stadium continued to fill with eager fans ready for Combs to appear.

Then, came the moment everyone was waiting for. Twenty-four minutes after Davis wrapped up on stage, the lights dimmed, and on came Combs as the screams of 80,000 folks echoed through Happy Valley.

Rocking a Penn State hat, Combs opened his set with some of his biggest hits, including “The Kind of Love We Make,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Forever After All.”

Combs mentioned the Beaver Stadium crowd was the largest he’d ever played in front of and emphasized his gratitude for the opportunity. He also joked that country music’s largest festival, Stagecoach, was simultaneously taking place in Indio, California, with an audience of 75,000 people, and Happy Valley dramatically outpaced that.

As the show carried on, country fans jammed out to “Beer Can,” “Fast Car,” and “This One’s For You.”

Combs dedicated his performance of “Fast Car” to a young girl in the audience whom he met earlier in the day. The female cancer survivor from California raised $100,000 for cancer research at her lemonade stand, and Combs revealed he would donate an additional $100,000 to the cause.

The show continued with Combs singing “Hurricane,” “Brand New Man,” “1, 2 Many,” and “Beer Never Broke My Heart,” naturally drinking with the crowd throughout the set.

After an amazing performance, Combs exited the stage, leaving the audience buzzing for more. It’s safe to say Beaver Stadium is definitely ready for an encore, and the country artist promised he’d be back soon.

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Jessica Farhat

Jess is a freshman advertising and public relations major and a photographer for Onward State. She is from Delaware County and loves the city of Philadelphia and the Eagles (Go Birds!). In her free time, she bakes chocolate chip cookies and drinks Dr.Pepper like it's water. You can reach her via twitter @FarhatJess or email at [email protected]

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