ECU cancels rescheduled Carolina Kickoff concert; offering refunds to all ticket holders

GREENVILLE, NC (WITN) - East Carolina University says it has cancelled the upcoming Carolina Kickoff concert because of problems with the rescheduled event and they are offering refunds to those who bought tickets to the original concert.

Originally, Blake Shelton was scheduled to appear at ECU last August, but that concert was cancelled because of low ticket sales, another concert in Raleigh, and problems with replacing the sod in time for football season.

People who bought tickets were allowed to attend a free make-up concert with Big & Rich, Parmalee and Tucker Beathard.

ECU says refunds will be given to all those who bought tickets to the August concert, including those who attended the free concert.

The university says it is conferring with the state Attorney General's Office about its legal options, including suing the concert promoter.

The rescheduled concert was supposed to happen April 21st at Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. ECU said promoter Basis Entertainment could not make good on promises to provide musical artists, and give them adequate assurances that it could arrange the concert on the later date.

Some 6,400 tickets were sold for the original concert with Blake Shelton, and ECU says the refund process could take up to six weeks.

Anyone with questions about the refunds should contact ECU's Athletic Ticket Office, 252-737-4500, athletictickets@ecu.edu.