Kenny Chesney has announced the first dates of a massive 2016 tour. The superstar revealed 11 stadium dates in a press release Tuesday (Oct. 27), once again pairing with Miranda Lambert for the shows.

Lambert appeared at Chesney's 2015 show at Soldier Field in Chicago, which inspired him to invite her on the upcoming dates.

“Miranda was such an awesome addition in Chicago,” Chesney says. “When I was thinking about what I wanted to do this year, how to keep the energy we had and give the fans something truly great musically, she just made sense. She’s a songwriter, a great singer and she loves music every bit as much as I do. In a stadium, those things matter.”

The core lineup for the shows will also include Sam Hunt and Old Dominion, with a special yet-to-be-announced guest replacing Hunt on select shows. Chesney gave Hunt his first cut with "Come Over" and has been following his rise to becoming one of the most exciting young artists in country music.

"The second I heard Sam's demo for 'Come Over,' I knew he was onto something very unique," Chesney observes. "Watching him develop as an artist, seeing his songwriting evolve — and knowing how he brings it when he gets on stage makes him a perfect act to come out with us.”

Old Dominion have already proved their mettle in front of Chesney's massive audiences in 2015, on a tour that set new attendance records in nine markets.

“There is nothing like the energy of a stadium show,” Chesney says. “Old Dominion kicked the whole summer off last year with the best vibe. If we’re talking about Spread the Love, those guys are all about it. If there’s anything I want to see this summer, it’s that attitude that really defines what’s going on.”

There will be more dates announced, but for now Chesney wants to give his fans plenty of time to make arrangements for the shows that are already on the books.

“People always want to know about the stadiums,” he says with a laugh, “because it’s a big show … a lot of music … and the kind of day people come together and celebrate friendship. We know a lot of people travel to these dates from all over, so to give them as much time as possible to get ready, I figured it’d be nice to get these out in front of our other shows! There could be a stadium date or two added, but for everyone who’s asking, let’s get next year started, right now.”

In fact, the April 23 show at Auburn's Jordan Hare Stadium is already on sale.

“After last year, we’ve got a bar to clear, but I am fired up… and missing the fans already," Chesney states. "There are a bunch more dates coming, but let’s get the first wave of major stadium shows on the calendar right now!”

Chesney is also slated to headline the 2016 Taste of Country Music Festival, which takes place June 10-12 at Hunter Mountain in upstate New York. For more information about the hottest festivals of 2016, check out our comprehensive 2016 festival guide.

Kenny Chesney 2016 Spread the Love Tour Dates:

April 23 — Auburn, Ala @ Jordan Hare Stadium
May 7 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Chase Field
June 4 — Arlington, Texas @ AT&T Stadium*
June 18 — Milwaukee, Wisc. @ Miller Park*
June 25 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Lincoln Financial Field*
July 2 — Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Heinz Field
July 16 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Arrowhead Stadium
July 23 — Seattle, Wash. @ Century Link Field
Aug. 6 — Santa Clara, Calif. @ Levi’s Stadium
Aug. 13 — Detroit, Mich. @ Ford Field*
Aug. 20 — East Rutherford, N.J. @ MetLife Stadium*

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