Saturday’s Jimmy Buffett concert at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock was cancelled Friday afternoon after winter weather moved into central Arkansas earlier in the day.
Also cancelled was a planned fundraiser for the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and the USS Hoga, the World War II tugboat that saw action at Pearl Harbor and will join the USS Razorback in the Arkansas River if fundraising goals are met.
The museum’s fundraiser was dubbed the “Margaritaville Dinner” and was to be in conjunction with the concert.
A sellout crowd of over 16,000 were expected to attend the now cancelled show.
“We regret we have had to cancel the concert, but our patrons safety is always first and foremost,” said Michael Marion, the general manager at the arena, in a release.
Refunds for the concert are available, Marion said, and tickets purchased by phone or through TicketMaster would be automatically refunded.
The North Little Rock Chamber of Commerce, the group that had organized the fundraiser, said its event would be rescheduled sometime next year.
School was also closed Friday in the North Little Rock and Pulaski County Special school districts because of the weather.
The cancellations were because of the sleet, snow and ice that covered much of Arkansas on Friday.
Temperatures were expected to drop into the teens or single digits by Saturday morning and the National Weather Service had issued an Ice Storm Warning for Pulaski County.
The weather is expected to stay bad as the temperature on Saturday is not expected to rise above freezing and high temperature on Sunday is expected to be only in the low 30s, with a 70 percent chance of freezing rain.
The Arkansas News Bureau contributed to this report.