Folks heading to the 101st Calgary Stampede will find that, although the show may go on, its more lucrative concerts can not operate come “Hell or High Water”.
Due to the flooding turned the Stampede grounds into a prairie Atlantis two weeks ago, the Stampede has announced it is cancelling four high-profile shows for the two-week party – Carly Rae Jepsen (July 10), Tim McGraw (July 11), the Dixie Chicks (July 12), and KISS (July 13).
The shows would have been held at Calgary’s Saddledome – home of the Flames – which crews are working on.
“I know the Flames are working really hard to deliver the Saddledome for us for the concert series,” said Stampede spokesperson Kurt Kadatz.
At its worst point two Fridays ago, flood waters had risen up to the eighth row in the Saddledome.
Jepsen – a British Columbian from Mission who rise to fame with her track “Call Me Maybe” – played the Stampede in 2012, when the world’s largest outdoor show celebrated its Centennial: