Garth Brooks Has Been Forced To Cancel His Upcoming Concerts In Tampa, Florida To Make Way For The City's Ice Hockey Team To Play In Its Home Arena For The National Hockey League Finals.
The country music icon has been playing a string of gigs around the world as part of his comeback tour, but on Sunday (31May15), Brooks announced he won't be able to perform a planned two-night stay at the Amalie Arena on 5 and 6 June (15).
Tampa Bay Lightning have made the coveted Stanley Cup Finals, and are set to face-off against the Chicago Blackhawks on 6 June (15) at the same venue, and as a result, Brooks, along with wife Trisha Yearwood, have decided to cancel their shows.
Brooks made the announcement in a statement which reads: "First of all, we would all like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks for reaching the Stanley Cup Final. As we now know, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is being played on Saturday, June 6th. All parties looked into moving Saturday's two Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood shows to Sunday.
"The issue of getting the network crews and their gear out of the building and getting our crews and gear into the building late Saturday/early Sunday for two shows on Sunday raises serious safety concerns. It is because of those safety concerns that the choice is being made to refund all shows and reschedule depending on finding a date that works for both the arena and the tour.
This was a hard decision for everyone... Congrats again to the City of Tampa, good luck, and we will be watching the series!!!"
Brooks and Yearwood have not revealed if they are planning to reschedule the shows, but will be back on the road on 12 June (15) in Birmingham, Alabama.