Indiana State Fair Relocating Concerts to Different Venues
The Indiana State Fair will not hold any more concerts this summer at the venue where five people perished Saturday when high winds sent the stage crashing down on audience members waiting for a Sugarland performance.
The organization wrote on its website Monday, "All concerts (Train and Maroon 5, Janet Jackson and Lady Antebellum) will not be held at the Hossier Lottery Grandstand. Please visit back here for information concerning rescheduling and ticket information as it becomes available."
Sugarland was preparing to take the stage at the Hossier Lottery Grandstand Saturday when 60-70 mph winds caused the stage to collapse. Some 48 people were taken to local hospitals and five were pronounced dead.
The cause of the accident is still under investigation. Fair spokesman Andy Klotz told CBS's Early Show that officials made an announcement recommending that the 12,000 concertgoers waiting to see the band seek shelter. Four minutes later, when organizers began evacuating the area, the gusts of wind caused the stage to collapse.
Train, who is scheduled to perform at the fair Thursday, wrote on its Twitter account, "Indianapolis, we are so sorry that you are suffering right now. We are sending all our love and good wishes. Be there soon. Hoping to help."
Wednesday's fair headliner, Janet Jackson wrote, "Heartbroken. Prayers and love to Indiana."
Lady Antebellum is scheduled to perform Friday.
New venue options in surrounding areas include Conseco Fieldhouse, the Verizon Wireless Music Center and the lawn at White River State Park, notes CMT.