SAN ANTONIO – Eric Church metaphorically drenches his San Antonio fans.
Fans of the country music singer received an email Tuesday afternoon that Church’s scheduled concert Saturday at the AT&T Center would be canceled so he could attend the NCAA Men’s Final Four this weekend at New -Orléans to watch North Carolina play at Duke. The email said:
“This Saturday, my family and I will come together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team reached the Final Four. As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I watched Carolina and Duke battle it out at the year, but seeing them face off in the Final Four for the first time in NCAA tournament history is every sports fan’s dream.
“It’s also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can enjoy this moment with my family and my sports community. However, it is this same type of passion felt by the people occupying the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this importance.
The news did not sit well with many people who had tickets to Church’s concert. San Antonio resident Marcy Talamantez said Church’s excuse to cancel the concert was unacceptable.
” How does he dare ? A lot of people like me bought tickets almost a year ago,” Talamantez said. “It’s absurd because if he’s that kind of basketball fan and he knew it was the Final Four, he shouldn’t have scheduled a gig during that time.”
While some people on social media acknowledged Church was being candid and honest, many others echoed Talamantez’s thoughts.
One Twitter user posted that he and his wife traveled from Canada to Texas for the concert, and another posted that she had to cancel hotel, dinner and rental reservations.
“I loved him a lot as an artist. But for you to do this to your fans, the people who made you, is a slap in the face,” Talamantez said.
A spokesperson for the AT&T Center would not comment on the number of tickets sold for the concert, but told KSAT 12 that all ticket buyers have been notified by email and will be automatically refunded. The spokesperson added that there are no current plans to make up the concert.
Talamantez said it wouldn’t matter to her one way or another. She ended up supporting Eric Church and he lost her as a fan.
“I would never spend a penny more to see it,” Talamantez said.
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