Garth Brooks explains why he can’t just reschedule his Tampa show

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As we told you a couple of days ago, Garth Brooks had to cancel his show in Tampa Bay, Florida this weekend due to the arena being needed for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final. Great news for hockey fans, not so great news for Garth fans. Now Garth explains why rescheduling the shows isn’t as easy a feat as you’d think.

Garth called into Tampa Bay’s 99.5 and chatted with Dave and Veronica this morning and expressed his regret at having to cancel the three concerts, especially since this is the very first time he’s ever had to cancel a show (other than the Ireland shows last year). He also said he hoped people would understand why rescheduling at last minute is tougher than it seems like it would be.

Garth says that he knew in advance that his shows being canceled was a possibility, but he just wanted to wait to see what would happen because, as he says, the chances were a billion to one that it would come down to this when you think about all the things that had to happen for this to be the result.

He goes on to say that he’s watching social media and seeing people playing the blame game, but there’s nothing that could have been done to change the outcome. And while Garth would love to reschedule, it’s more complicated than it seems.

“This gig was booked two years ago and now trying to reschedule,” he says with a chuckle. “Arenas are booked two, three years in advance. We’ve got dates all the way to the end of November ’17 on the tour. You’ve got to look to see what their schedule is and what your schedule is.”

“Sometime soon?” he says about new Tampa Bay dates, “I don’t know.”

Well that’s a bummer for Florida fans.

If you’re a ticket holder and don’t feel like waiting for make-up dates that may never happen, you can find out refund info here.

Garth Brooks Calls Dave & Veronica To Talk About Cancelled Shows