Garth Brooks has canceled his Tampa, Fla., World Tour stops -- but the decision wasn't really up to him.

Brooks and his wife Trisha Yearwood were scheduled to play the city's Amalie Arena on June 5 at 7PM and June 6 at 7PM and 10:30PM; the concerts were announced back in late March. However, 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.

"All parties looked into moving Saturday’s two Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood shows to Sunday," Brooks and Yearwood say in a statement. "The issue of getting the network crews and their gear out of the building and getting our crews and gear into the building late Saturday/early Sunday for two shows on Sunday raises serious safety concerns. It is because of those safety concerns that the choice is being made to refund all shows ...

“This was a hard decision for everyone," they add. "... 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!!!"

The statement also notes that the three shows will be rescheduled "depending on finding a date that works for both the arena and the tour."

Fans who had tickets to any of the three shows can check Brooks' website for more information on how to get their tickets refunded.

Brooks most recently added stops in New Orleans to his World Tour, which began in September in Chicago. A complete list of upcoming dates is available here.

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