Eric Church, country star and UNC fan, receiving criticism for his Final Four, Texas concert announcement
Eric Church has received backlash for calling off a scheduled concert in San Antonio on Saturday so that he can watch the Final Four in person.
Church, a North Carolina Tar Heels fan, called it “selfish” but a dream to attend the first-ever NCAA Tournament game between his Tar Heels and Duke.
In a message on Ticketmaster, Church explained to his fan club, the “Church Choir,” that he’ll be in attendance in New Orleans to cheer on the Tar Heels alongside his family.
“As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years,” Church said. “But to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in the history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream … This is also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community,” Church said, defending the cancellation.
“However, it’s that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance.”
Church, a North Carolina native, typically attends Tar Heel men’s basketball and football games around the country.
The AT&T Center lists the event as “canceled” on its web site, and has offered refunds.
H/T New York Post.