Buffett Venue Change Disappoints Frisco

Frisco fans disappointed in concert's move to Dallas

By Catherine Ross
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 5:26 PM CDT
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Catherine Ross, Frisco Reporter

Talk about your "Changes in Latitudes" -- Parrotheads won't be heading to Frisco for the annual tailgate and concert at FC Dallas Stadium.

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Fans and businesses alike say they are sad to see Jimmy Buffett's annual North Texas show move to Dallas.

FC Dallas Stadium hosted the "Parrotheads" for five years, but stadium representatives said promoters informed them late last week that this year's concert would be at Gexa Energy Pavilion.

Fans in Frisco said they disappointed in the change.

"I was hoping it was going to be a tradition," said Robert Ojeda, who tailgated for the show for the past few years.

Karla Cristelli agreed.

"It's horrible, very sad," she said. "Every year, we get together to go to his concert. We get together with a lot of friends for tailgating."

Cristelli said she is not sure she'll attend the April 19 show in Dallas.

Ojeda said he probably won't make it this year because the concert is on a Thursday instead of its traditional Saturday.

The news also caught business owners near FC Dallas Stadium off-guard.

Heidi Cushing said her coffee shop, Sertino's, relies heavily on event traffic from the venue to stay profitable. She said she is prepared to take a hit with the loss of one of the year's biggest attractions.

"We know we will be losing a ton of significant business that could happen that weekend," she said.

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