Fans Injured Waiting For Backstreet Boys Concert At WinStar Casino
THACKERVILLE, Oklahoma - The Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees concert has been canceled after storm winds led to multiple injuries and stage damage.
Emergency crews responded to reports of fans injured while waiting for a Backstreet Boys Concert at WinStar Casino.
According to reports, the outdoor venue for the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees concert was evacuated after the storm coming in caused a structure to collapse and fall onto guests waiting.
Everyone that was injured was treated at the scene, according to reports.
Kevin Richardson, a member of the Backstreet Boys tweet about the situation, and said the status of the show is to be determined.
Hey folks! Severe weather, high winds and rain just passed thru here in Thackerville, OK. Emergency crews are on the seen as tent calapsed and some folks who were seeking shelter were injured. Waiting to determine damage to our stage and production. Status of show TBD. ?????— Kevin Richardson (@kevinrichardson) August 18, 2018
WinStar World Casino Spokesperson Kim Koch Thompson provided the following statement:
At 5:00 p.m., WinStar World Casino and Resort officials began evacuation of the outdoor concert venue after observing that lightning was within four miles of the casino. All patrons in the area were asked to move and to seek shelter from the storm. However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff’s warnings.
At approximately 5:30 p.m., the storm hit and knocked over the concert entrance trusses with 70-80 mile an hour winds and heavy rain. 14 people were treated at the scene and then transported to local hospitals. Two have already been released.
Love County emergency responders, Lighthorse Police and Oklahoma Highway Patrol are on scene.
We know that fans often suffer through inclement weather for their favorite acts, but this was an unusual event and our thoughts are with those who were injured during this storm.
Witness Sydney Stavinoha tweeted photos and video from the scene.
News9's Caleigh Bourgeois was able to Facetime with Stavinoha shortly after the incident:
Thompson released the following statement in regards to the cancellation of the concert:
We have been looking forward to a great show with the Backstreet Boys and 98* for many months. While we were excited to welcome them to The Colosseum at WinStar, the results of serious weather in the area has caused the show to be postponed to a later date. Our primary concern is the safety of our patrons, event staff and artists and apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused ticketholders. We will notify patrons of the new date and time. Tickets to the August 18 show will be honored at the new date. – Kym Koch Thompson, WinStar World Casino and Resort spokeswoman
This is a developing story. Stay with News 9 for updates as information becomes available.
Photo Credit: Sydney Stavinoha