MULTI-PLATINUM entertainer Trace Adkins is helping the United States Football League (USFL) kick off its first-ever postseason, performing live between games during the inaugural playoff double-header on June 25.
Bringing his own kind of hits to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Adkins will take the field as a new generation of pro football begins. Game 1 of the USFL’s 2022 playoffs airs at 3 p.m. ET on FOX, with the larger-than-life Country star taking the field directly after it concludes. Playoff Game 2 will follow at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
“I’m really honored to be a part of this,” shares Adkins. “I’ve been watching the games this year, I’ve been thrilled with what I’ve seen… the rule changes that you guys have implemented, for me, it’s made everything more exciting. And I’m like why haven’t we been doing this forever? It’s just great. I’ve enjoyed every aspect of the game… I’m very proud to be associated with this inaugural season of the USFL.”
A lifelong football fan, Adkins continues to build on the acclaim of his 25th anniversary album, THE WAY I WANNA GO (Verge Records), which includes single “Where The County Girls At” (feat. Luke Bryan and Pitbull) and was hailed as a “creative tour de force” by Billboard. Following his SOLD-OUT return to Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium on April 8, the Louisiana-born singer and actor has also released a fun-filled EP, HONKY TONK BADONKADONK: THE REMIXES, and is currently out on his headline THE WAY I WANNA GO TOUR, with dates scheduled through November. Check out a complete list of tour dates and ticket information, here.
“The inaugural USFL playoffs is a big-time event and that calls for big-time talent, so we’re thrilled to have Country icon Trace Adkins playing live for our fans on June 25,” said Daryl Johnston, USFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations. “The USFL has been committed to family affordability all season, so we’re giving fans two exciting playoff games and a great live concert for the price of one ticket. It’s going to be an awesome day of football and music.”
The top two teams in each division will meet in the inaugural USFL playoffs on Saturday, June 25, with two games played that day at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton. The New Jersey Generals will clash against the Philadelphia Stars to determine the North Division Champion. The Birmingham Stallions will face either the New Orleans Breakers or the Tampa Bay Bandits to decide the South Division Champion. The winners will play in the USFL Championship Game on Sunday, July 3. Tickets for the USFL Playoffs and Championship games are on sale through Ticketmaster at United States Football League (USFL) (hofvillage.com).
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ABOUT TRACE ADKINS:
In his 25-year career in Country music, Trace Adkins has sold over 11 MILLION albums, charted more than 20 singles, earned numerous awards, multiple GRAMMY nominations, and garnered over TWO BILLION streams. A Grand Ole Opry member for nearly two decades, the Louisiana native is known for his dynamic baritone and fiery, always-memorable live performances, and has expanded his Country career to include film and TV acting. He broke out in 1996 with his debut album, DREAMIN’ OUT LOUD, cracking the Top 5 of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with “Every Light In the House Is On” and following with the #1 smash, “This Ain’t (No Thinkin’ Thing).” Since then, Adkins has pioneered a mix of classic Country minded traditionalism and adventurous, good-natured showmanship, breaking open new avenues in modern Country through fun-filled hits like “Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” and “Hillbilly Bone” (with Blake Shelton). He’s celebrating the 25th anniversary of his debut with 2021’s THE WAY I WANNA GO (Verge Records), a 25-song album that released to critical acclaim with Rolling Stone praising as “lighthearted club-ready fun…,” PEOPLE noting it’s “packed to the hilt with hits,” and Billboard applauding “a creative tour de force that serves up the lyrical and stylistic diversity that would make his hero [Ronnie] Milsap proud.” Mixing pure-Country reverence with standout collaborations featuring Blake Shelton, Melissa Etheridge, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder on harmonica and more, the LP introduces Adkins’ latest single “Where The Country Girls At” (feat. Luke Bryan and Pitbull). Currently headlining THE WAY I WANNA GO TOUR, Adkins is also hosting Season 3 of Ultimate Cowboy Showdown on INSP and will star in FOX’s new country music drama series, MONARCH, set to premiere September 11.
ABOUT THE USFL:
The United States Football League (USFL) is a new, independent football league that is not affiliated with the defunct 1980s league or its owners. The inaugural USFL season kicked off April 16 with eight teams split into two divisions: the Birmingham Stallions, Houston Gamblers, New Orleans Breakers, and Tampa Bay Bandits in the South Division; and the Michigan Panthers, New Jersey Generals, Philadelphia Stars, and Pittsburgh Maulers in the North Division. Each team will play a 10-game regular-season in Birmingham. The USFL Playoffs begin in Canton on June 25 between the top two teams in each division and the USFL Championship Game will be played on July 3 between division winners. Each USFL team carries a 40-man active roster plus a 10-man practice squad. Players receive base compensation and are eligible for victory bonuses. NBC Sports and FOX Sports are the League’s official media partners and will present all 43 regular- and postseason games on FOX, FS1, NBC, USA, or Peacock networks. Brian Woods is President of Football Operations, and former Dallas Cowboys standout and long-time NFL on FOX game analyst Daryl Johnston is Executive Vice President of Football Operations. Former NFL Vice President of Officiating and FOX Sports’ NFL and college football rules analyst Mike Pereira is Head of Officiating. For more information, visit theUSFL.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.