The annual Calgary Stampede has had to cancel headlining concerts featuring Tim McGraw, the Dixie Chicks Carly Rae Jepsen, and rock band Kiss. These were set to take place July 10-13 at the Calgary’s Saddledome, which was severely damaged during major floods that devastated the Canadian city last month.
“Unfortunately we have just determined that the four concerts scheduled in the Saddledome cannot proceed due to the damages the facility suffered during the recent flooding,” Stampede CEO Vern Kimball told the press yesterday (July 2).
“Given the size of the four shows and that they were all intended for indoor setup with tailored effects and lighting, there was no feasible alternative,” Kimball continued.
A Bruno Mars concert scheduled for July 17 at the venue has also been postponed.
The Saddledome’s damage is so extensive, in fact, that it could potentially affect the upcoming season of the Calgary Flames, for whom the arena is home. The NHL team’s season is set to begin Oct. 6.
“Electrical, potable water, sanitation and at the end of the day personal safety would be compromised if we made any attempt even on a restricted basis to afford the building for the use of these concerts,” Flames president Ken King said of the cancelled Stampede concerts. “We’re regretful that it couldn’t happen, but not due to lack of effort.”
Flooding in Calgary, Alberta on June 21, 2013, with the Saddledome in the background (DAVE BUSTON/AFP/Getty Images)
The rest of the events at the annual Stampede, however, will continue as planned. The Friday parade will also now feature a group of the city’s first responders, who aided during the recent floods (see photosof the flood damage).
No make-up dates for the cancelled concerts have yet been announced. Though as McGraw promised in a tweet today, “we’ll b back.”
First held in 1912, the Calgary Stampede is an annual festival featuring rodeo events, music, food, games, agricultural competitions, and other entertainment. The 2013 Stampede takes place July 5-15 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
– Kurt Wolff, Radio.com