Country crooner Eric Church canceled his upcoming Saturday night show to watch his beloved University of North Carolina men’s basketball team battle it out with Duke in the Final Four.
“This Saturday, my family and I are going to stand together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team has made it to the Final Four,” he addressed his fans known as “the Church Choir” on Tuesday.
“As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream,” he continued.
Church’s show was to be held at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, which seats more than 18,500 audience members, who he blew off to watch the Tar Heels take on the Blue Devils at Caesars Superdome in New Orleans for the first time in March Madness history.
“This is also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community,” Church explained. “However, it’s that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance.”
Fans who were refunded by Ticketmaster for the event were less than thrilled with Church’s announcement.
“What a Fk’n joke, the Final Four has been scheduled for years. I schedule around the SEC Championship every year, just in case,” replied one angry tweeter. “What a slap in the face to those who’ve worked hard to be able to attend and will not get their money back on flights, prepaid rooms, etc.”
“This is super fun news for people who have flight and Airbnb booked for his show. Not happy,” concurred another.
“He deserves to be with his family just like the next person does. What about pro athletes that choose to sit out a game to rest after you already bought tickets to the game. Do you bet pissed at them prob not,” countered a supporter.
“If a player sits out (normally for health reasons or a family crisis, not just to see his family) then another player takes his spot and the game goes on. This completely canceled the show…. Very different situations,” another pointed out.
Church has not rescheduled another tour date in San Antonio.