Eric Church decided earlier this week that he would cancel his sold-out show at the AT&T Center that was scheduled for Saturday so that he and his family could travel to the historic UNC-Duke Final Four showdown in New Orleans.
After the decision was met with mixed opinions from the public, the country music star announced how he would make it up to fans who would have been in the San Antonio crowd.
“Thank you San Antonio for allowing me to bring my family to this game. It took a minute to figure out how and when I could properly express my thanks,” Church said in a statement shared with concert ticket holders. “I will be coming to Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels, TX on Friday, September 2, 2022 for a ONE-TIME FREE show for those of you who purchased tickets and were planning on attending our canceled show in San Antonio. Details will be announced soon.
The Appalachian State University alum has been a lifelong North Carolina basketball fan, and while he’s seen plenty of rivalry matchups on Tobacco Road, this is the first time in history that the two will face off in the NCAA Tournament.
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The Tobacco Road is one of the most storied rivalries in all of college sports, and after splitting their two regular season games, UNC and Duke will decide the rubber game in New Orleans. The Final Four has more at stake than normal this year, at least for the southern teams. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski is in his final season, and the Blue Devils will likely be looking to avenge the March 5 loss in Coach K’s last game at the Cameron Indoor, even though the legendary coach says that it did not focus on historical rivalry.
Ahead of the historic Final Four game, Duke star Paolo Banchero was asked to comment on Church’s decision to cancel his concert for the game. He replied, in part, “I don’t know who it is, but yell at him, though.”
The final UNC-Duke game is Saturday around 8:49 p.m. ET.
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