Despite two attempts, holding a concert featuring Top 40 stars during Blue-White weekend just didn't work out.
First, Fergie's concert scheduled for Friday was canceled with the nationwide postponement of the Gridiron Bash.
Then, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks appeared set to fill that void with a concert Sunday at the Bryce Jordan Center, but she announced Friday that she would be forced to cancel because of illness.
Neither she nor her scheduled opener, rapper Flo Rida, performed yesterday.
Bernie Punt, director of sales and marketing for the BJC, said Sparks' doctors told him the singer has acute vocal chord hemorrhage, and if she had performed, she would be risking permanent damage.
"Unfortunately Sparks is ill and has had to cancel some concert dates in order to get well as soon as possible," Tice Merriweather, Sparks' publicist, said. "She is recovering well, and we are wishing her the best."
Students who purchased tickets with a credit card will be refunded automatically.
Students who purchased a ticket using cash, check or Lion Cash can receive a refund at the Bryce Jordan Center box office.
Students who purchased tickets by mail can send their ticket to 240 Bryce Jordan Center, University Park, PA 16801 for a refund.
Punt said that if the event had been scheduled to take place earlier in the semester, rescheduling would have been feasible. But with the end of the school year approaching, he said another date is unlikely.
"We were trying to postpone it and get another date scheduled, but her doctor said that this would take a while for her to recover," Punt said. "By the time that she could be well enough to sing, it would be the end of the semester."