Eric Church fans are frustrated this week, having just been informed that the country star has decided to cancel an upcoming San Antonio concert in order to go to a basketball game. Church, who is a North Carolina native, is an avid Tar Heels fan, and has opted to head to New Orleans to watch the NCAA semifinals tilt between them and arch-rival Duke.

“This Saturday, my family and I are going to stand together to cheer on the Tar Heels as the team has made it to the Final Four,” reads an email sent on behalf of Church to those who had purchased tickets to the concert, which was scheduled for Saturday at the AT&T Center. “As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the years but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in the history of the NCAA tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream.”

“This is also the most selfish thing I’ve ever asked the Choir to do: to give up your Saturday night plans with us so that I can have this moment with my family and sports community,” he continued. “However it’s that same type of passion felt by the people who fill the seats at our concerts that makes us want to be part of a crowd at a game of this significance. Woody Durham always said, ‘Go where you go and do what you do,’ thanks for letting me go here and be with the Tar Heels.”

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The reaction from fans was predictably unhappy, as many had planned travel around their ticket purchase, or had to make other arrangements – or just didn’t like being cancelled on after paying hundreds of dollars, even if they’ll be refunded. A sampling from the thread below the above tweet:

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One fan complained about being out thousands over the decision.

“$800 airfare for two from Miami to Austin, $950 car rental, $500/night hotel on the river in San Antonio, $2000 for 2 front row tickets ( second time) all for naught,” tweeted @Raymond64369131. “I hope North Carolina wins for your sake. I’m beyond disappointed. Damn bro. @ericchurch

A writer on Saving Country Music said consumers are right to be angry at Church over the cancellation, particularly given how much Church has made a career out of proclaiming to be so close to his fans that he’d cancel thousands of tickets to try to defeat resellers.

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“Eric Church fans left holding the bag in San Antonio have a right to be angry, and the situation takes a significant step in a perilous direction where privileged entertainers can cancel events on a whim to serve their own purposes as opposed to making hard working fans who’ve paid good money to see their favorite artists perform their priority,” they wrote. “Massive stars like Eric Church are given opportunities average music fans can only dream of. Missing things like basketball games is a minor penance they have to pay to fulfill their performing commitments.”

Church has not commented on the controversy outside of the message announcing the event cancellation.

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Eric Church Upcoming Tour Dates

Apr 01 –  Dickies Arena | Fort Worth, TX
Apr 02 – AT&T Center | San Antonio, TX CANCELLED
Apr 09 – Smoothie King Center | New Orleans, LA
Apr 15 – Moda Center | Portland, OR
Apr 16 – Spokane Arena | Spokane, WA
Apr 29 – ExtraMile Arena | Boise, ID
Apr 30 – Vivint Arena | Salt Lake City, UT
May 06 – Pechanga Arena | San Diego, CA
May 07 – Arena | Los Angeles, CA
May 11 – Golden 1 Center | Sacramento, CA
May 13 – T-Mobile Arena | Las Vegas, NV
May 14 – Gila River Arena | Glendale, AZ
May 20 – Madison Square Garden | New York, NY
May 28 – American Family Field | Milwaukee, WI
Jun 11 – U.S. Bank Stadium | Minneapolis, MN
Jun 17 – Barefoot Country Music Fest | Wildwood, NJ
Jun 23 – Country Jam | Mack, CO
Jul 01 – Canadian Tire Centre | Ottawa, ON
Jul 02 – Scotiabank Arena | Toronto, ON
Jul 09 – RESCHEDULED Pendleton Whisky Music Festival | Pendleton, OR
Jul 23 – Faster Horses | Brooklyn, MI
Jul 30 – Big Valley Jamboree | Camrose, AB
Aug 27 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s | Stateline, NV
Aug 28 – Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena at Harvey’s | Stateline, NV