TAMPA, Fla. -- Concerns about Subtropical Storm Alberto have lead to the shut down of the second and final day of the Sunset Music Festival at Raymond James Stadium, officials said.
The decision to cancel the music festival was made by the Tampa Sports Authority in partnership with the Tampa Police Department and Tampa Fire Rescue, according to a statement from the SMF Team.
The release cited concerns about a forecast of heavy rains and high winds associated with the subtropical storm in the Gulf of Mexico west of the Tampa Bay area.
The cancellation "was based on the fact Sunday's weather poses a serious risk to the health, safety and welfare of Sunset Music Festival attendees," the release said.
"Additionally, a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued for the Tampa area and Florida's Governor Scott has declared a State of Emergency. The safety of our attendees, staff, artists, partners and community is always our number one priority."
The festival is an annual Memorial Day Weekend event at Raymond James Stadium. It was set to run from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on Sunday.
SMF plans to release instructions on the refund policy and process soon online at SMFtampa.com, according to the statement.