Eric Church Cancels Concert for Duke-UNC Final Four Game, Fans React


Eric Church performs the nationwide anthem with Jazmine Sullivan earlier than the NFL Super Bowl 55 soccer recreation between the Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in Tampa, Florida on February 7, 2021.
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UPDATE 4/1/22 5:47 p.m. ET

Church launched an announcement on Friday, April 1, to his San Antonio ticket holders after canceling his weekend present to attend a school basketball recreation.

“Thank you, San Antonio, for letting me take my family to this game,” he wrote. “It took a minute to figure out how and when I could properly express my thanks.”

The North Carolina native revealed that he can be placing on a “one of a kind free show” at Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, Texas, on Friday, September 2, for anybody who purchased tickets for his now-canceled April efficiency. “Details to be announced soon,” he promised.

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All is honest in love and basketball? Eric Church wrote an electronic mail to everybody set to attend his Saturday, April 2, live performance, explaining he was canceling the present to observe the University of North Carolina play Duke within the NCAA event.

“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. As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the year but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream,” the 44-year-old nation star wrote.

Church famous that it’s the “most selfish” motion to ask his followers, generally known as the “Choir,” to “give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community.”

The “Heart on Fire” crooner continued: “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.”

Church concluded his assertion with a quote from the late North Carolina Tar Heels announcer Woody Durham, writing, “Woody Durham always said, ‘Go where you go and do what you do,’ thanks for letting me go here and be with the Tar Heels.”

Social media customers — and people set to attend Saturday’s scheduled present on the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas — have been vocal in regards to the choice.

“Tell your friend Eric church he owes me $460 for my hotel in San Antonio,” one particular person posted.

Another fan wrote, “Eric Church didn’t cancel when his whole band had covid but he did cancel for a basketball game 😭 ngl I’d be pisssssssed if I had those tickets.”

“$800 airfare for two from Miami to Austin, $950 car rental, $500/night hotel on the river in San Antonio, $2000 for 2 front row tickets ( second time) all for naught,” a 3rd Twitter person wrote. “I hope North Carolina wins for your sake. I’m beyond disappointed. Damn bro. @ericchurch.”

Other customers appreciated Church’s candidness, with one particular person tweeting, “Kudos to Eric Church for being up front about canceling the show to watch his Heels in the FF could’ve easily came up with a BS excuse lol.”

Church has but to deal with the backlash or reschedule the present. Us Weekly reached out for remark.

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