LOS ANGELES — Taylor Swift, whose concerts July 25 and 26 would have opened the $5 billion SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles, postponed all her live appearances for the remainder of the year Friday because of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“Fighting COVID-19 is an unprecedented challenge for our global community and the safety and well-being of fans should always be the top priority,” the singer-songwriter said in a statement.
Swift was billed as the first woman to perform the opening concert at an NFL stadium.
The postponed concerts will be rescheduled for 2021, the statement said.
Construction on the venue, which will house the LA Rams and Chargers, has continued despite the pandemic. California Gov. Gavin Newsom categorized construction as an essential critical infrastructure when he issued his stay-at-home order last month.
Two workers on the project have tested positive for COVID-19. Turner-AECOM Hunt, the joint venture overseeing construction, has instituted numerous safety procedures, including temperature checks for anyone entering the site, extra restrooms, hand-washing stations and social distancing protocols.
In a statement, SoFi Stadium said the project “remains focused on having a safe and healthy environment for all, now and when we open.”