Last Grateful Dead show breaks Chicago stadium ticket record

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CHICAGO (AP) — A performance that the Grateful Dead says was their last together has topped records for ticket sales at Chicago's Soldier Field set by the band earlier in the weekend.

In a news release, Soldier Field says 71,000 tickets were sold for Sunday night's show and that this is the most sold for any event at the stadium. Soldier Field reported that 70,844 tickets were sold for Saturday's show, and that fans bought 70,764 tickets for Friday's show.

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IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Bruce Hornsby of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Trey Anastasio, from left, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Trey Anastasio, from left, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Trey Anastasio, from left, Phil Lesh, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Crowd at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Bruce Hornsby, from left, Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio, Phil Lesh, Jeff Chimenti, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Bruce Hornsby, from left, Jeff Chimenti, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, Trey Anastasio of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Bruce Hornsby, from left, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti, Phil Lesh, Trey Anastasio of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Bruce Hornsby, from left, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Jeff Chimenti, Bob Weir, Trey Anastasio of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Sunday, July 5, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - Fireworks at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - TPhil Lesh of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR THE GRATEFUL DEAD - TTrey Anastasio, from left, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bob Weir of The Grateful Dead perform at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
Crowd at Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well Show at Soldier Field on Friday, July 3, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Photo by Jay Blakesberg/Invision for the Grateful Dead/AP Images)
IMAGE DISTRIBUTED FOR FTD - Fans at the opening night of the Grateful Dead Fare Thee Well concert are greeted with over 50,000 beautiful red roses and a special commemorative tags from FTD and Madison House Presents at Soldier Field on Friday, July 3, 2015, in Chicago, Ill. (Barry Brecheisen/AP Images for FTD)
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Soldier Field says the previous record was 67,936 tickets sold for a U2 concert in 2009.

The band has said the Chicago shows would be their last as the Grateful Dead.

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Members of the Grateful Dead,L-R, Mickey Hart, Phil Lesh, Jerry Garcia, Brent Mydland, Bill Kreutzmann, and Bob Weir. Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart says he and other members of the band never really understood the forces that turned them into a 30-year cultural phenomenon. "It was an alchemical thing," Hart said. "It's for other people to decide our fate in history, our place in the culture." That is exactly why fans, followers and some of those who were in the inner circle of the Grateful Dead plan to travel to the University of Massachusetts for three days in November. This is no music festival. (AP Photo/File)
It's not over till they say it's over. Fifty years after Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh first performed in Menlo Park, California, the surviving members of the Grateful Dead will reunite in 2015 for what they say is their final series of concerts. The four surviving members, Weir, Lesh, Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann, will play three shows at Chicago's Soldier Field, July 3, 4, and 5.
FILE--Nov. 1, 1992 file photo of Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia performing at the Oakland , Calif., Coliseum. Garcia died early Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1995 at the Serenity Knolls treatment center in Novato, Calif., north of San Francisco. (AP Photo/Kristy McDonald)
Grateful Dead audience in Eugene, OR on 6/13/93 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Members of the Grateful Dead lend a little support to Pete Townshend backstage at Broadway's St. James Theater, March 31, 1993, after a preview performance of "The Who's Tommy." From left, Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Townshend, Bill Kreutzmann. (AP Photo/Andrew Savulich)
Grateful Dead band member Jerry Garcia performs July 2, 1989 at the Sullivan Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. This was the first concert in an eastern tour. (AP Photo/Steve Senna)
Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia performs on stage at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., during one of the group’s sold-out concerts in December1992. The 50-year-old rock star, after his second major health scare, is 60 pounds lighter and healthier than he has been in years. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
** FILE ** In this Feb. 4, 2008 file photo, Phil Lesh, right, performs during a fundraising concert in San Francisco while Grateful Dead band mate Bob Weir, standing at left, looks on. The surviving members of the Grateful Dead are turning over the rock band's archives to the University of California at Santa Cruz. Dennis McNally, a spokesman for ex-Dead guitarist Bob Weir, says that Weir and bassist Phil Lesh are going to announce a partnership with the university Thursday, April 24, 2008. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, file)
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1985: Jerry Garcia performing with 'The Grateful Dead' at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on January 1, 1985. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1985: Jerry Garcia performing with 'The Grateful Dead' at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on January 1, 1985. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1985: Bob Weir performing with 'The Grateful Dead' at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on January 1, 1985. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - CIRCA 1985: Phil Lesh performing with 'The Grateful Dead' at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California on January 1, 1985. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - AUGUST 09: Musician Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead performs with The National at the Lands End Stage during day 1 of the 2013 Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival at Golden Gate Park on August 9, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
PT CHESTER, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Bob Weir of Grateful Dead and Trey Anastasio of Phish perform at A Benefit for Headcount at The Capitol Theatre on September 7, 2012 in Pt Chester, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
A man looks at a piece of artwork titled 'Skeleton and Roses' that was used to promote a 1966 concert by the band 'Grateful Dead' during a preview for an upcoming auction in Los Angeles on June 12, 2009. The work is part of the Bonhams and Butterfields' Entertainment Memorabilia auction that will take place in Hollywood on June 14 and includes pieces from Marilyn Monroe, Debbie Reynolds, the Jackson Five and others. AFP PHOTO/Mark RALSTON (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
New York, UNITED STATES: Medicine Man Bobby Henry of the Seminole Tribe of Florida stands next to a poster of the late Grateful Dead lead singer Jerry Garcia during a news conference at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square 07 December 2006 to announce that the Tribe bought the international restaurant chain, including its massive collection of rock 'n' roll memorabilia, in a 965 million USD deal with Rank Group. The Hard Rock Cafe first opened in London in 1971. AFP PHOTO Timothy A. CLARY (Photo credit should read TIMOTHY A. CLARY/AFP/Getty Images)
Grateful Dead in Portland, OR in 5/95 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead in Seattle, WA on 5/26/95 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead in Oakland, CA on 2/26/95 (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 17: Jerry Garcia, guitarist and vocalist for the Grateful Dead performs at First Avenue Nightclub in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 17, 1988. (Photo by Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/GettyImages)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - JUNE 2: Grateful Dead perform at Shoreline Amphitheatre on June 2, 1995 in Mountain View, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Three people experience the 'LSD Flight Simulator' during a Grateful Dead concert at the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl in Las Vegas, May 1993. (Photo by Glyn Howells/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - FEBRUARY 23: Atmosphere in the parking lot at a Grateful Dead concert at the Oakland Colusium on February 23, 1993 in Oakland California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Jerry Garcia of Grateful Dead in Las Vegas, Nevada (Photo by Steve Eichner/WireImage)
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA - MAY 12: Phil Lesh of The Grateful Dead performs at Shoreline Amphitheatre on May 12, 1991 in Mountain View California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
Grateful Dead band members Phil Lesh, second from right , and Vince Welnick, second from left, stand on the porch of the band's business office Wednesday, Aug. 9, 1995 in San Rafael, Calif. Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia died at Serenity Knolls, a residential treatment center for drug addiction in Forest Knolls, Calif. The two women are unidentified. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1991: Photo of Grateful Dead (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 31: Members of The Grateful Dead perform at the Oakland Colisem Arena on December 31, 1990 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
EUGENE, OR - JUNE 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposure made in camera) Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead performs at Autzen Stadium on June 23, 1990 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 17: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 07: Grateful Dead (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
American singer and songwriter Bob Dylan performs on stage with The Grateful Dead at Giants Stadium, New Jersey, July 12, 1987. L-R: Guitarist Bob Weir, drummers Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart and guitarist Jerry Garcia (1942 - 1995). (Photo by Angel Franco/New York Times Co./Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 24: Rock band 'Grateful Dead' & Bob Dylan perform on stage at Oakland County Stadium on July 24, 1987 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - AUGUST 17: Atmosphere as The Grateful Dead perform at the Greek Theater on August 17, 1987 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - JULY 24: Rock band 'Grateful Dead' & Bob Dylan perform on stage at Oakland County Stadium on July 24, 1987 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Larry Hulst/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, CA - AUGUST 14: Atmosphere as Grateful Dead perform at the Greek Theater on August 14, 1983 in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)
BERKELEY, UNITED STATES - JULY 14: Bill Kreutzmann performing with the Grateful Dead At the Greek Theater in Berkeley, CA on July 14 1984 (Photo by Clayton Call/Redferns)
Grateful Dead Fans Are Alive and Rockin' Round Raceway More than 125,000 rock fans-from down the road and across the nation-jam Englishtown's Raceway in Old Bridge, N. J., for concert featuring the Grateful Dead. Beer, booze and joints were the order of the day for the mellow, jovial crowd. Early arrivals lined up outside crowded liquor stores, while scalpers hawked $10 tickets for $20. Roads leading to the raceway were clogged for miles, a 15,000-car parking lot was filled four hours before the music started, the concert grounds were more mud than grass but Dead fans, who traveled from as far as New Mexico and California to hear their idol group, didn't seem to mind. (Photo By: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - DECEMBER 31: The Grateful Dead (L to R front: Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jerry Garcia / L to R rear: Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) perform at Winterland on December 31, 1977 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
More than 125,000 rock fans from down the road and across the nation jame Englishtown's Raceway in Old Bridge, N.J. for concert featuring the Grateful Dead. Beer, booze and joints were the order of the day for the mellow, jovial crowd. Early arrivals lined up outside crowded liquor stores, while scalpers hawked $10 tickets for $20. roads leading to the raceway were clogged for miles, a 15,000 car parking lot was filled four hours before the music started. the concert grounds were more mud than grass but Dead fans, who traveled from as far as New Mexico and California to hear their idol group, didn't seem to mind.(Photo By: Harry Hamburg/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
SANTA BARBARA, CA - FEB 1977: Jerry Garcia performs with The Grateful Dead at Robertson Gym on February 27, 1977 at U.C Santa Barbara. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 28: The Grateful Dead (L to R: Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh) perform at a free concert in Lindley Meadow on September 28, 1975 in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ed Perlstein/Redferns/Getty Images)
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