Thousands Evacuated From Garth Brooks Concert at Nissan Stadium as Show is Postponed

The Garth Brooks concert scheduled for tonight, Saturday (July 31), at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium has been postponed.  The at capacity…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 31, 2021


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The Garth Brooks concert scheduled for tonight, Saturday (July 31), at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium has been postponed. 

The at capacity event began at 7 pm with a special Grand Ole Opry show featuring Chris Young and Emmy Lou Harris. Moments after Harris took the stage, fans were asked to evacuate their seats as a storm approached the venue. Those who had not entered the venue yet were asked to remain in the cars throughout the storm. 

Initially, it was a weather delay as a severe thunderstorm moved through the downtown area. According to forecasters, winds were near 60 mph and lightening was also prevalent in the area. 

Thousands of fans were forced to gather in the interior concourses of the venue and were nor allowed to leave the building, per sources inside. 

Finally, around 9:15 pm, officials made the call to postpone the event. 

“The Garth Brooks concert at Nissan Stadium has been postponed due to existing and forecasted weather,” reads a Tweet from Nissan Stadium. “We are working with local officials in an attempt to reschedule for tomorrow night.”

Fans were then asked the leave the building and poured into the streets around Nissan Stadium. Thousands made their way to the bridge to cross the Cumberland River as another round of storms entered the area. 

As of 10 pm on July 31, there has yet to be an announcement regarding the rescheduled show. 


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The show will NOT take place on Sunday, August 1. 

A statement from Nissan Stadium released overnight reads: After collaborating with our vendors and local officials, we have made the difficult decision to postpone the Garth Brooks Stadium Tour at Nissan Stadium. Unfortunately we were unable to secure adequate safety personnel and provide our standard of fan experience in order to move forward with the concert on Sunday evening. We look forward to sharing the rescheduled date in the near future. Tickets and parking will be honored for the rescheduled date. More information on ticket options will be provided in the very near future.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.