Indiana fair shutters concert series; Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum shows canceled
The Indiana State Fair announced on Monday (8/15) that they would not mount the remaining shows of their concert series in the wake of the tragic stage collapse that cut short a planned Sugarland concert on Saturday, killing five people.
Fair officials said that the Maroon 5 show would attempt to relocate to a new venue and the others would simply cancel.
Maroon 5 is seeking a new venue nearby able to staff and stage their show. Should they go with a local arena like the Conseco Fieldhouse or an amphitheater like the Verizon Wireless Music Center, the venue would need to scramble to staff everything from stage crews to parking and concession staff. They's also need to coordinate production requirements and deal with the transfer of thousands of tickets sold for a fair configuration into the venue's reserved seat setup.
Alternately, they could mount their show on the lawn at nearby White River State Park, likely as a general admission event but with all the staging and parking hurdles of any show.
The band is expected to make an announcement on Tuesday as to whether any of their local options can work.