Garth Brooks cancels all three Tampa shows due to Stanley Cup Finals

All three Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood shows at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL on June 5th and 6th have been canceled due to safety concerns surrounding the NHL and NBC for the 2015 Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks.

The shows were canceled after safety concerns arose due to unexpected scheduling by the NHL and NBC on June 6th. Each party had hoped to be able to reach an acceptable solution in the best interest of all involved but due to safety considerations it is just not possible.

“This was a hard decision for everyone.”

“First of all, we would all like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks for reaching the Stanley Cup Finals,” Brooks and Yearwood said in a statement. “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!!!”

Refunds are available at the point of purchase for all shows. Fans who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster online and by phone will be automatically refunded, but fans who purchased tickets through Ticketmaster outlets or the Amalie Arena Box Office need to return to those locations beginning Monday, June 1st, during normal business hours to receive their refunds.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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