SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Thousands are outraged after Sunday night's Pitbull concert at Four Winds Field was canceled about two hours after it was scheduled to begin.
The concert was set to kick off the 2019 Midwest League All-Star Festival, a three-day event at Four Winds Field.
Early Monday afternoon, the South Bend Cubs released the following timeline and explanation for how the concert was canceled.
Full ticket refunds will be available by Monday, June 24. You can also find more information about that below.
From the South Bend Cubs:
The South Bend Cubs apologize on behalf of Pitbull and his team for the cancellation of the Pitbull concert last night at Four Winds Field in South Bend.
“We apologize to our loyal fans who waited for Pitbull last night,” said Andrew T. Berlin. “The trust of our fans is something we hold very dear to our hearts. That’s why I personally stepped onto the stage to tell ticket holders that the concert was cancelled. It was a tough thing to tell everyone because we’d been working frantically behind the scenes to help Pitbull get to town, including alternative travel arrangements.”
“At 6:30 p.m. we got a call from the Pitbull staff that there were weather issues with regard to flights out of Florida,” added Joe Hart, President of the South Bend Cubs. “But there was no talk of cancellation in that 6:30 call. We believed we could still get him here.”
Instead, we mobilized our team to talk with Pitbull’s agents, and our own pilots to talk with his pilots. We were determined to solve the problem and doing everything possible to get him here.
Any suggestion that we delayed telling fans so that we could sell concessions is both untrue and preposterous. We were actively working on getting Pitbull here.
By 9:15 p.m. we realized that even if we could get Pitbull here, the 2.5-hour flight would get him into South Bend too close to midnight. To make people wait that long was unacceptable.
Out of fairness to the act that was onstage at the time, we waited until they were finished and then within 60 seconds, Berlin himself stepped immediately up to the microphone to tell everyone what had happened.
Full ticket refunds will be available one week from today, Monday June 24. Those refunds will be available sooner if we can arrange it with our ticketing agent. We will keep everyone posted on the status of refunds and a rescheduled concert later this summer.
“Again, the trust that our fans have in us is very dear to us,” added Berlin. “We were working very hard behind the scenes to make this work. When it didn’t work out, we were honest and forthcoming about it. We were definitely not trying to sell concessions. That is not what we’re about. And I think our fans know that. We do apologize on behalf of Pitbull and his team. And we want our fans to know that we are making good on this concert.”