North Carolina and Duke meet for the first time in the Final Four, which is good news for the NCAA and bad news for a certain group of Eric Church fans.
The country music star canceled his San Antonio tour stop, previously scheduled for Saturday at the AT&T Center, on Wednesday for one reason. The North Carolina native wants to look at his Tar Heels.
In a letter distributed by Ticketmaster to ticket holders, Church admitted the cancellation was “the most selfish thing” he’d ever asked of his fans, but preemptively thanked them for letting him watch “every sports fan’s dream.”
The full letter, published via Variety:
This Saturday, my family and I stand together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team made it to the Final Four.
As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke fight over the years, but to get them to match [sic] in the Final Four for the first time in NCAA Tournament history is every sports fan’s dream.
This is also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the choir to give up your Saturday night plans with us so I can have this moment with my family and sports community. However. it’s the same kind of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that make us want to be part of a crowd at a match of this significance.
Woody Durham used to say, “Go where you go and do what you do,” thanks for letting me go here and be with the Tar Heels.
You can imagine that the decision has led to mixed reactions.
To be fair to Church, it was probably hard to imagine his Tar Heels in the 2022 Final Four until about a week ago, let alone playing Duke in the final NCAA Tournament of Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s career.
The dates for his Gather Again Tour were announced as early as April 2021, just after legendary coach Roy Williams announced his retirement after a disappointing 14-19 season. Hell, UNC was thought to be in the bubble just over a month ago before a late season wave peaked with a win over Duke in Krzyzewski’s final game at the Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Since then, the Tar Heels have continued to rise, and the church hopes to see that continue on Saturday.