Garth Brooks has canceled three shows in Tampa next week because the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team is going to the Stanley Cup finals. Game 2 of the series is scheduled to take place at Amalie Arena on Saturday, the same day that Brooks was previously slotted to perform two concerts at the venue.
The singer considered moving the shows to Sunday, but flipping the venue—getting all the television network equipment out and Brooks’ equipment in—was too tall an order, according to a statement posted on his website.
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.
Brooks and Yearwood were also scheduled to perform on Friday night, before the game. That show has also been canceled. Tampa is not the first city to have been canceled on this tour. The singers were to open touring with a five-show stand in Dublin, Ireland playing Croke Park last July but when they were denied permits for two of the shows, they canceled and refunded-in-full all five.
The remaining tour dates are available here.