Fans who have eagerly awaited Garth Brooks’ return to Tampa, Florida after 16 years will have to wait even longer to see him perform live.
Garth Brooks announced that his three concerts scheduled for this weekend in Tampa, Florida have been cancelled.
The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood was set to perform three shows at Tampa’s Amalie Arena beginning June 5. The last-minute cancellations were caused by the Tampa Lightning hockey team advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.
The following statement regarding the cancellations was posted on Brooks’ official website:
“First of all, we would all like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks for reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. As we now know, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals 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. We would like to thank Elmer Straub at Amalie Arena and Tod Leiweke with the Tampa Bay Lightning for working around the clock for the last 48 hours to find a remedy for the situation. We personally know Gary Bettman and are very familiar with the League and its players, coaches, and staff…they are all stand-up people. We are convinced everything that could have been done was done to try to remedy the situation. Congrats again to the City of Tampa, good luck, and we will be watching the series!!!”
Brooks will resume his tour in Birmingham, Alabama on June 12. A full list of tour dates for The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood can be found at his website.