On Saturday, July 9, Garth Brooks was scheduled to play an 8:30pm show at New York’s Yankee Stadium. I was among the lucky 50,000+ fans in attendance, ready to see Garth for the first time in my life. However, it turns out that Mother Nature had something else in store, bringing torrential rain and potentially dangerous lightning to the area, causing QUITE the rain delay.
Brooks didn’t end up taking the stage until almost midnight, sending quite a few fans into a tizzy as they left the stadium prior to the performance. Fans were up in arms on social media, demanding refunds even though the show took place. Some blamed their leaving on stadium staff saying the show would be canceled, others blamed their decision to leave on public transportation or babysitters at home with their kids.
— Sharie Julian (@RobynDowning7) July 10, 2016
So very disappointed, I hope you can make this right for the fans who couldn't get home at 6am… We are your fans also #GARTHinNYC
— Nancy Wattnem (@nwattnem) July 10, 2016
— Jackie Gleason (@JaxFollows) July 10, 2016
#GARTHinNYC lost a fan last night-3 1/2 hr delay??? Stay or miss train home? No refund??? Unprofessional!!
— Pam Demarest (@nj_pam) July 10, 2016
According to CBS, Brooks’ publicist said, “Announcements were made all along. It was not possible to specify when the concert would start as we had to put safety first and were at the mercy of Mother Nature.”
In addition to the announcements, both Garth and his wife, Trisha Yearwood, were tweeting updates, promising fans that the show would go on.
Hey Yankee stadium, weather has us on hold. So we wait. Thanks for your patience. Can't wait to get this party started. love, g #GARTHinNYC
— Garth Brooks (@garthbrooks) July 10, 2016
— Trisha Yearwood (@trishayearwood) July 10, 2016
Unfortunately, weather is always a risk when it comes to outdoor shows and for some, the three hour delay was too much. However, while some fans may have left unhappy, those that stayed experienced one heck of a show that was worth every soggy minute waiting for the thunder to roll, both on and off stage.
Those that did stay said the show was worth the wait, myself included. I’ve waited my entire life to see Garth Brooks live, what’s another 3 hours at that point?
— Gabrielle (@fulltime_fancy) July 10, 2016
— Michela Furey Cooper (@MichelaKatie) July 10, 2016
— Tara Campeau (@campeaumom) July 11, 2016
— jodie (@Ravengirlxoxo) July 11, 2016
— KEL (@tcpyek) July 11, 2016