Fans Injured As Structure Collapses Outside Backstreet Boys Concert
Wild weather caused a large tent to collapse as fans queued for the show.
At least 14 people have been injured while waiting to see the Backstreet Boys in an outdoor concert in Oklahoma on Saturday.
Prior to the performance held at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, the area was hit with an onslaught of wild weather. When lightning began to strike as fans queued, officials began evacuating attendees at 5 pm, but just half-an-hour later the incoming storm hit, bringing with it severe rain and winds which “knocked over the concert entrance trusses.”
“All patrons in the area were asked to move and to seek shelter from the storm,” the official statement read. “However, about 150 patrons who were standing in line for the Backstreet Boys concert did not heed staff’s warnings.”
Fourteen people were taken to hospital as a result of their injuries, which prompted Backstreet Boys to postpone the show due to safety concerns.
Band member Nick Carter later tweeted that he was “praying” for injured fans, saying, “Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform were ready to go. But safety is first.”
The venue also released a statement confirming the concert’s postponement.
"We have been looking forward to a great show with the Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees for many months," the statement said. "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."