Garth Brooks dedicates center, greets young patients at PCH

Garth Brooks dedicates center, greets young patients at Phoenix Children's

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PHOENIX -

He is one of the biggest stars in music history. Garth Brooks was in the valley Friday to dedicate a new center for kids at Phoenix Children's Hospital.

His charity has helped build a couple of these centers across the country. The hospital is very grateful. When he came in Friday afternoon, he was given a hero's welcome.

With hundreds lined up, Brooks took the time to talk, take pictures and sign autographs for anyone who asked.

Patients, their parents, and hospital staff filled the lobby trying to catch a glimpse.

"Amazing, amazing, very nice guy," says parent Angela Dale.

"I have loved him my whole life, he has always done stuff for kids," says parent Tina Rodgers.

Brooks' charity, the Teammates for Kids Foundation, which he started with Troy Aikman, funded a 3,800 square foot space filled with toys and video games. It even has a small movie theater.

"This is a big day and these are great things. They are going to try to wear it out and unfortunately we are never going to run out of sick kids, but we can try to let them have as much fun as they can," says Garth Brooks.

In front of the patients who'll be using the center, hospital staff thanked the country music legend for picking Phoenix Children's.

"You have got have vision to see one of these things and Phoenix Children's Hospital has vision," says Brooks. "There is no difference between everyone else and us. We all have children. The children get sick. We all need to do the best we can to get the kids back on their feet so that when they turn adults they can do something for kids with you."

The $1 million Child Life Center is one of 8 across the country. Even Brooks gets emotional visiting the patients.

"Especially since you are a parent, and even if you are not a parent, it is tough but once you have kids, it hits you really close."

Brooks will perform a private show at a Scottsdale restaurant Friday night. Tickets are very pricey and the money is going to his charity.

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