Garth Brooks shows in Tampa canceled for Stanley Cup

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Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s shows planned for June 5-6 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa are canceled, according to GarthBrooks.com

The performer’s official website announced that the three shows planned at the Arena are canceled due to a scheduling conflict with the Stanley Cup Final. Organizers said they tried to come up with a solution but it was impossible due to safety concerns.

Brooks and Yearwood issued this statement:

“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!!!”

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