Friends in low places: Fans pack The Barn in Sanford for special Garth Brooks show

He's got friends in low places; he's not big on social graces and country legend Garth Brooks is playin' music Wednesday evening at The Barn in Sanford.

SANFORD, Fla. — Brooks is bringing his "Dive Bar Tour" to the South French Avenue bar at 8 p.m.

The tickets were not for sale. Fans had to win them through Channel 9's sister station, K92.3FM. But that contest has since ended. 

Photos: Preps for Garth Brooks' concert at The Barn in Sanford

Brooks and The Barn go way back. He sings about it in his song "The Old Stuff," from 1995′s "Fresh Horses."
"This is one of his first locations, so it's really fitting that he is coming back to be with us," said Jaycelle Veigle, the bar's owner. "This is really momentous for us. This is a huge occasion."
Veigle said the venue can hold about 1,000 people.
The iconic country bar has a reputation for being problematic. From fights to shootings to the stage collapsing, it's had its fair share of issues.
In 2015, Sanford police said they were called to The Barn more than 700 times within 18 months.

See fans line up for the show below:

But The Barn has been around for 40 years, and its neon sign is a neighborhood icon. Its website boasts "seven bars, plenty of seating, pool tables and our famous mechanical bull."

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