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Stanley Cup Final causes Garth Brooks to cancel three concert shows

Depending on your point of view, this isn’t such a bad thing.

Because of the Tampa Bay Lightning’s postseason success, it will play host to the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. Game one is Wednesday night, and the second game is Saturday.

Whoops. Garth Brooks was supposed to play two shows at Amalie Arena in Tampa, Fla., on Saturday.

Brooks canceled the shows (officially known as: The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood), which included Friday’s show.

Garth and Trisha offered this quote on Brooks’ web site:

“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!!!”

Wait. Gary Bettman and Garth Brooks know each other? And Bettman is a stand-up person? Garth may want to listen to the reaction Bettman receives when he awards the Stanley Cup to the Blackhawks, er, whoever wins the title.

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