Garth Brooks, The Who Cincinnati concerts could be impacted by severe weather

CINCINNATI – Around 150,000 people are expected to come to Cincinnati this weekend for some long-awaited concerts. Garth Brooks will play at Paul Brown Stadium on Friday and Saturday, while The Who will make their return to the Queen City Sunday at TQL Stadium.

Though many people have been waiting for these concerts, Mother Nature does not seem to be cooperating with the outdoor venues.

Saturday and Sunday, with the primary threat being isolated that range from strong to damaging both days. Storm Prediction Center has put the Cincinnati area under severe risk for severe weather Saturday and a slight risk Sunday. Take an in-depth look at the timeline for storms this weekend here.

The 70,000 tickets available for Garth Brooks’ Saturday concert sold out in 75 minutes, the all-time record for entertainment in Cincinnati.

Angela Jones is one of the thousands going to see Brooks. She said after waiting years for this concert, she will be there regardless of the weather.

“It’ll be great,” Jones said. “Rain, shine, thunderstorms … bring it on.”

Fans are hopeful the concert will not be canceled if severe weather moves through the Tri-State Saturday. Garth Brooks said there is a protocol for inclement weather at his concerts, explaining what happened at his concert at Yankee Stadium when there was lightning.

“Lightning, you have to evacuate the building 45 minutes before the lightning gets there,” Brooks said. “They can’t go back on the field until 45 minutes after the last lightning strike was there.”

However, even if Saturday’s show was to be delayed, Garth Brooks said he’s not going anywhere. He assured fans he would wait out the storms.

“Trust me, I’ll be out stuck in any rain – anything,” Brooks said. “No matter how long it takes, I’m in.”

River levels are also a concern for those who want to listen to the music from boats on the Ohio River. As of Friday morning, the Ohio River was just over 38 feet. Levels are expected to continue down, however, there is still quite a bit of debris on the river.

Mike O’Connor said he planned on taking his boat out on the Ohio River to listen to the concert. Now, he’s not sure conditions will be safe.

“We’ll make it a last-minute decision,” he said. “We’ve been waiting for this concert for like two years.”

Nicholas Olmstead with the US Coast Guard said to be cautious if heading out on the water this weekend.

“You want to use a good judgment whether to go out with the water,” Olmstead said.

Olmstead said just because levels are no longer in action stage, it doesn’t mean there can’t be debris or strong currents.

“Make sure your equipment is functioning properly before embarking on your tip,” Olmstead said. “A lot of these concerts will be done after the sun sets.”

Olmstead said the VHF radio channel 16 is where broadcasts related to safety will be pushed out by the coast guard.

“If you find yourself in the water and in distress due to inclement weather, please use the channel 16 to request assistance and it will be dispatched and provided,” Olmstead said.

Meanwhile, TQL Stadium has been gearing up for its very first concert as The Who makes its return to Cincinnati.

“It’s been a lot of work from our stadium staff to transform from a soccer stadium into a concert venue,” said Jeff Berding, FC Cincinnati CEO /

Umbrellas will not be permitted inside the stadium. Anyone attending the concert is asked to check out the stadium’s FAQ.

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