CALGARY – Four blockbuster concerts scheduled for Stampede week in Calgary have been scrubbed because of flooding.
Stampede organizers say damage to the Saddledome arena has forced the cancellation of shows by Carly Rae Jepsen on July 10, Tim McGraw on July 11, the Dixie Chicks on July 12 and KISS on July 13.
Organizers say crews have been working hard to address electrical, water quality and air conditioning issues at the rink, which is home to the NHL’s Calgary Flames.
“It became evident yesterday to both the Stampede and the Flames that the services necessary for a proper concert experience for fans and for the artists just weren’t available given the current status and limitations of the building,” organizers said in a news release posted Tuesday on the Stampede website.
They say all of the concerts need to be indoors and can’t be moved to a different venue.
“Given the size of the four shows, and that they are all intended for indoor setups with tailored effects and lighting, there was no feasible alternative to host any one of the shows at another Calgary venue during Stampede.”
People are being told to hold onto their tickets — they are still good for free entry to the Stampede and it’s hoped the shows can be rescheduled.
The Saddledome was flooded up to Row 8 during the deluge, which ruined everything on the ground floor.