I’ve attended hockey games both at Tampa Bay’s Amalie Arena and Pittsburgh’s Heinz Field (the winter classic).
The two venues are huge and create an experience for fans that they’re sure to remember.
With that being said, it comes as no surprise that both venues are all booked up with concerts and shows, in addition to sports’ games.
This past weekend, Kenny Chesney performed at Heinz Field.
According to Jacob Klinger, “Country music star Kenny Chesney stopped by the Steelers practice facility at the UPMC Performance Sports Complex on Friday, working out, then hanging out with some Pittsburgh players.”
Klinger also adds that “Chesney told Steelers.com that he and the players live vicariously through each other, and that the Rooney family – which owns the team – has let him work out before Heinz Field concerts in the past.”
While the Steelers and Chesney were able to share the venue and even spend some quality time together, this was not the case for the Tampa Bay Lightning, and Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
Brooks and Yearwood were scheduled to perform at Amalie Arena on June 5th and 6th.
But as Angela Stefano points out “the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning have made it to the Stanley Cup Finals and are now scheduled to play a game in the arena on June 6 — an event that trumps Brooks’ scheduled shows.”
Despite that hockey has prevailed music in this instance, there is no bad blood between Brooks and Yearwood and Tampa Bay’s players.
The two explained: “We are convinced everything that could have been done was done to try to remedy the situation. Congrats again to the City of Tampa, good luck, and we will be watching the series!!!”
It is refreshing to see professional artists and athletes respect one another as entertainers. Doing so allows them to share venues and share in creating an experience fans will remember.
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