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The Garth Brooks Stadium Tour has entertained more than 300,000 fans across the first five cities visited since restarting in July.

Due to the concerns of rising COVID-19 cases throughout the nation, the tour will come to a halt. The announcement was made Wednesday that the remaining five tour stops would be canceled. Approximately 350,000 tickets will be refunded due to the cancelation.

No action is required by ticketholders to obtain a refund, Ticketmaster will issue a refund to the original method of payment used at time of purchase.

The Midlands' closest tour stop in Charlotte, NC will be one of the five shows canceled.

"In July, I sincerely thought the pandemic was falling behind us," said Garth Brooks. "Now, watching this new wave, I realize we are still in the fight and I must do my part. I have asked the wonderful cities of Cincinnati and Charlotte to wait too long and I don't want to now do that same thing to the great folks in Boston and Baltimore. As far as Nashville, we are looking for a make up date from the July rain out and though this is not COVID related, to make them wait makes me sad, as well. So, it is with a heavy heart we announce the decision to cancel all 5 shows but with a hopeful heart, we will reschedule and start over when this wave seems to be behind us."

The five concert locations being canceled include:

  • Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati - Sept. 18
  • Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte - Sept. 25
  • M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore - Oct. 2
  • Gillette Stadium in Foxborough - Oct. 9
  • Nissan Stadium in Nashville - date not provided.

"The joy I have seen in everyone's faces as live music returns has been more than worth our constant diligence to maintain safety protocols not only for the fans, but for our band, the crew and the hard working staff in these stadiums," Brooks said. "Their dedication to safety for the people who fill those seats has been a miracle to watch and a blessing to receive. I am truly grateful."

A spokesperson for the tour said the team will continue to monitor the virus' impact and watch how schools, sports and other entertainment entities handle this stage of the pandemic.

"I'm sincerely hoping we are back on tour before the year's end," said Brooks. "With that said, the most important thing to me is fulfilling my end of the Stadium Tour by making sure every show is doable before putting tickets on sale (that is why we pulled the Seattle on sale) and making sure the environment these people are trading their time and money to put themselves into is not only the best experience ever, but also the safest one we can provide."

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