Winter weather forcing tough decisions for event organizers this weekend


    Impending winter weather forced the cancelation of Winter Jam on Jan. 18, 2019. (WSYX/WTTE)

    Impending winter weather has forced event organizers to make some tough decisions for the safety of performers and guests.

    Winter Jam, which was scheduled to go on at the Schottenstein Center on Ohio State's campus, was canceled Friday afternoon. Arena officials said Winter Jam organizers were worried they'd miss their next performance Sunday in North Carolina so they decided to skip Columbus.

    The other big ticket in town, Bob Seger, was still scheduled to go on.

    “The general rule is if the artist, the crew and the trucks can make it to the arena, the show goes on as scheduled," said Gary O'Brien with the Columbus Arena Sports and Entertainment which oversees performances at both Nationwide Arena and the Schottenstein Center. “We’re as excited as all the fans that come to see the show so definitely we want the show to happen.”

    Nationwide Arena said Seger's production crew has already arrived in Columbus from Buffalo.

    The Harry Potter performance of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at the Ohio Theater is still a go. Same goes for the Midwest Sports Spectacular at the Ohio Expo Center. Officials there said the event would carry on unless there's a Level 3 snow emergency and roads are closed.

    ABC 6/FOX 28 will continue to track how the weather is affecting events around Columbus.

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