High winds and heavy rains knocked over the entrance to the concert venue of A Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees concert in Oklahoma Saturday.
Around 5:30 p.m., the storm hit and knocked over the entrance trusses with 70 to 80 mile per hour winds and heavy rain. 14 fans got injured while waiting in line.
According to the casino, the injured fans were transported to a local hospital after being treated at the scene.
WinStar World Casino, owned by the Chickasaw Nation, and Resort officials started evacuated the outdoor venue at about 5 p.m. on witnessing heavy lightning within four miles of the casino.
As per the casino, venue officials evacuated the concert space due to nearby lightning. The staff even warned 150 fans, who were still waiting in line, about the storm, but they did not pay heed to staff’s warnings.
The Backstreet Boys also tweeted on this.
The group 98 Degrees also sent out a tweet, saying they were disappointed about the show’s cancellation.
“We know many of you travelled to be here today,” the group said. “Sending you all our love and hope to see you soon.”
Casino officials said they plan to notify fans of the new date and time and will honour tickets to Saturday’s show on that date.
“We have been looking forward to a great show with the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees for many months,” the casino said. “Our primary concern is the safety of our patrons, event staff and artists and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused ticket holders.”