County artist Luke Combs will likely be the largest draw ever at the Alerus Center, when he plays the venue in September. More than 20,000 tickets have been sold for the show. Following Combs, George Strait comes in second having also sold more than 20,000 tickets. Cher is third, with over 19,500 tickets sold, and Metallica rounds out the top four with nearly 17,000 tickets.

A packed Alerus Center listens to George Strait during his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour with Martina McBride in 2013 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
A packed Alerus Center listens to George Strait during his "Cowboy Rides Away" tour with Martina McBride in 2013 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

Here's the list of the biggest-selling acts that for each year at the Alerus Center, since 2001:

Backstreet Boys, 2001; Cher, 2002; Aerosmith/KISS, 2003; Alan Jackson/Martina McBride, 2004; Keith Urban, 2005;

Keith Urban performs "Days Go By" with guitarist Nathan Barlowe at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks in 2018. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
Keith Urban performs "Days Go By" with guitarist Nathan Barlowe at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in Grand Forks in 2018. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald

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Black Eyed Peas, 2006; Nickelback, 2007; Neil Diamond, 2008; Britney Spears, 2009; Monster Truck Winter Nationals, 2010; Tim McGraw, 2011;

Country artist Tim McGraw performs "Felt Good On My Lips" with his wife, Faith Hill (not pictured), during his "Soul2Soul" concert at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald
Country artist Tim McGraw performs "Felt Good On My Lips" with his wife, Faith Hill (not pictured), during his "Soul2Soul" concert at the Ralph Engelstad Arena in 2018. Nick Nelson / Grand Forks Herald

Harlem Globetrotters, 2012; George Strait/Martina McBride, 2013; UND Spring Jam with Wiz Khalifa, 2014; Luke Bryan, 2015;

Luke Bryan performs for an excited crowd on Friday, May 08, 2015, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Logan Werlinger / Grand Forks Herald
Luke Bryan performs for an excited crowd on Friday, May 08, 2015, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. Logan Werlinger / Grand Forks Herald

Jason Aldean, 2016; WWE Live, 2017; Metallica, 2018; Dierks Bentley, 2019; KISS, 2020. Depending on how 2021 unfolds, Luke Combs will likely be the largest act of the year, with more than 20,000 tickets sold.

Thousands of fans gathered at the Alerus Center for Metallica in 2018. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald
Thousands of fans gathered at the Alerus Center for Metallica in 2018. Eric Hylden / Grand Forks Herald