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Garth Brooks concerts in Tampa canceled due to Stanley Cup

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All three Garth Brooks concerts in Tampa have been called off because the Lightning will be hosting the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday.Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images

All three Garth Brooks concerts in Tampa have been called off because the Lightning will be hosting the Blackhawks in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals Saturday.

He might have friends in low places, but not in central Florida.

The Garth Brooks World Tour with Trishia Yearwood will no longer be happening in Tampa, thanks to the Lightning beating the Rangers Friday night and advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

Now there are more folks in Tampa upset about the Rangers loss than in New York.

The official Twitter account of the country star — who once played the outfield for the Mets — sent out the heartbreaking news Sunday evening:

“#TAMPA: ALL 3 PERFORMANCES OF THE GARTH BROOKS WORLD TOUR @AmalieArena HAVE BEEN CANCELLED. Msg from Garth http://bit.ly/1SOEwBw -TeamGarth”

Fans were predictably upset:

“OMG all 3 Garth Brooks concerts cancelled this weekend in Tampa. We were going to take Kira to see my idol growing up!Cue tears!”

“Thank you so much stupid flipping Stanley Cup for causing @garthbrooks shows in Tampa to be cancelled! Hated hockey before. More so now! :(“

“Garth Brooks cancels shows due to Stanley Cup Finals scheduling (Tampa). NHL can’t get a PR break.”

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A couple of former Mets: Mike Piazza (l.) and Garth Brooks (r.) during spring training in 2000.

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Here’s left fielder Brooks charging a grounder.

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Looks like it’s ‘Operation Shutdown’ for Brooks’ concerts in Tampa. Hey speaking of that phrase, that’s former Met Derek Bell on the right.

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The reasoning behind the cancellations was what the Brooks – or Chris Gaines if you prefer – camp says that getting the television people out and the musician’s crew in would be a safety issue.

Here’s the full statement from GarthBrooks.com:

“First of all, we would all like to congratulate the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Chicago Blackhawks for reaching the Stanley Cup Finals. As we now know, Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals 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!!!”

One fan, seemingly of both Brooks and the Lightning, put it into perspective:

“Listen, I love @garthbrooks as much as the next guy, and have tix, but #tampa shows are cancelled or rescheduled. Why? #BecauseItsTheCup”

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