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There's Only One Thing That Can Stop the Garth Brooks Comeback Tour...The Stanley Cup

Garth Brooks has put together one of the most successful series of shows this year, playing multiple shows in most cities just to satisfy the demand for tickets.

So, what could possibly derail this barreling train of success? Professional sports and, in this case, the Stanley Cup.

Brooks and wife Trisha Yearwood have been forced to cancel their shows in Tampa next Friday and Saturday nights (June 5 and 6) to make room for the Tampa Bay Lightning and their quest for the Stanley Cup. The team made its way to the final on Friday night with a 2-0 win over the New York Rangers in the seventh and final game of their series.

It appears that this is a full out cancellation and not a postponement based on a statement on Brooks' site.
On behalf of The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood it is with deep regret that we must cancel the Tampa shows due to unexpected scheduling by the NHL and NBC on June 6 for the 2015 Stanley Cup Final. We 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.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood’s statement :

“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.

“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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