Country music star Eric Church is going above and beyond to ensure he doesn’t miss North Carolina and Duke in the Final Four this weekend.

Church announced the cancelation of a concert in San Antonio this weekend so that he and his family can attend the rivalry game in New Orleans. In a statement to ticket-holders this week, Church asked for forgiveness for this “selfish” decision.

“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,” Church’s statement reads. “As a lifelong Carolina basketball fan, I’ve watched Carolina and Duke battle over the year but to have them matchup in the Final Four for the first time in history of the NCAA Tournament is any sports enthusiast’s dream.”

Church also quoted the legendary Woody Durham in his statement:

“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.”

Ticketmaster announced that fans will receive a refund for the canceled show.

Church is facing some backlash for this decision. Fans have been commenting on his latest Instagram post (which is unrelated to the cancelation) to voice their displeasure.


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This will be the 189th meeting between North Carolina and Duke, but the first-ever to take place in the NCAA Tournament. It also could be the last-ever game for outgoing Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Tipoff will be shortly after the conclusion of Villanova-Kansas on Saturday night.