Backstreet Boys Fans Injured As Concert Venue Collapses

Catherine Michelle

August 20, 2018

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Saturday (August 18) was supposed to be a music-filled, BSB day for fans of the iconic boy band. Instead, the afternoon was cut short as ambulances rushed to the scene to respond to a crowd full of injuries.


People waiting in line to attend a Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees concert were hurt as a pavilion collapsed overhead at the WinStar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. A metal awning fell on the crowd, injuring at least 14.




A storm blowing into South Oklahoma reportedly caused the structure to collapse. It was confirmed by ET’s Steve Wilks that fans were harmed after they failed to heed the venue staff’s warnings to distance themselves from the pavilion.


WinStar Casino apparently told Grayson County Scanner (GCS) that the incident was being blown out of proportion. GCS wrote:


“Many people were saying there were injuries and scaffolding had fallen. I spoke to WinStar directly and was told that a tent had blown over that was set up for guest services. They say there are NO serious injuries at this time. I was told that the concert WILL go on as planned.


I will update if new or different information becomes available.”


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Backstreet Boy Kevin Richardson initially took to Twitter to thank the fans and assure them that the concert will go on provided everything is safe. He stated:


“We have a sold out house tonight. 12,000 +. So amazing! If it is safe, our lights & sound work and the weather holds we are going to GO FOR IT! But safety #1. Stand by.”



Fellow Backstreet Boy Nick Carter also took to Twitter, voicing his concern and sending prayers for injured fans:


“Waiting and praying for our fans that were injured. If we can perform were ready to go. But safety is first.”



However, a while later the group had to cancel their concert. Kevin shared the news, tweeting:


“Update… unfortunately, due to damage sustained in the storm earlier this evening, we are unable to perform the show tonight. Safety is always #1. Keep your tickets because, Backstreet WILL BE BACK!”



An estimated 10 ambulances were at the scene to tend to those injured.


Winsor Casino released a statement about the incident via spokesperson Kym Koch Thompson:


“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.”