Tampa Bay Gets NHL Finals, But No Garth Brooks

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Honoree Garth Brooks performs onstage during the 50th Academy Of Country Music Awards at AT&T Stadium on April 19, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. 

Brooks' first Tampa concerts since the Clinton administration have been canceled due to the Stanley Cup Finals.

Garth Brooks' hat trick of concerts scheduled for Tampa Bay's Amalie Arena this weekend have been canceled due to the Stanley Cup Finals. The country icon was slated to play once on Friday (June 5) and twice on Saturday (June 6), but that now conflicts with Saturday's game 2 between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks.

In a statement, Brooks and Trisha Yearwood explained that all efforts were made to move Saturday's double-header to Sunday, but logistics and safety considerations made it impossible. 

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"The issue of getting the [NBC] 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," the couple said, promising full refunds and adding that the shows will be rescheduled "depending on finding a date that works for both the arena and the tour."

Brooks and Yearwood added, "This was a hard decision for everyone… We are convinced everything that could have been done was done to try to remedy the situation."

The "situation" became a problem on Saturday after the Blackhawks defeated the Anaheim Ducks to reach the Finals. Since that unfortunate-for-Garth-fans scenario meant the Lightning has home-ice advantage, ticketholders spent the rest of the weekend waiting to see what the NHL and NBC would decide. 

"It's a bummer," Brooks fan Rachel Riley told the Tampa Bay Times. "I understand things happen, but a lot of people put a lot of heart and money into this show."

Brooks hasn't played Tampa since 1998. 

Tickets purchased online or over the phone via Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. If you bought tickets at a Ticketmaster outlet or at the arena box office, you'll need to return to the point of sale.

Brooks' tour continues June 12-13 in Birmingham before making stops in Houston and New Orleans.


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