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ARLINGTON (CBS 11 NEWS) – Stormy weather on Friday night cast a dark cloud over the start of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards weekend in Arlington.

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Rain, wind and lightning caused stadium officials at Globe Life Park to urge concert attendees for the Party For A Cause to “take cover.”

“I’m kind of like anxious and I really want it to start. It’s a little annoying. But I’m good because I’m going to see all of these amazing people,” said attendee Dakota Armenta.

Instead of the crowd full of dancing people and cowboy hats, the stadium was dotted with umbrellas, rain soaked heads and ponchos. Heather Hardcastle said, “It’s Texas. Sunny, hot, cold and then it’s about to rain. So you know always come prepared.”

While the stadium told fans to find covering several times throughout the night due to the lightning, some holdouts did not listen.

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“We are true Luke Bryan fans! We had to stay,” Erica Balda said plainly. “Now I’m soaked and I hate it.”

With a NFL Superbowl, an NBA All-Star game and a recent marathon all hindered by weather in recent years, locals insist North Texas is not cursed by weather when it comes to big events especially when it comes to country music.

“I mean Texas, it just don’t get better than this. Tennessee says they have it, but Texas has it too,” said Morton Middleton.

The ACM Awards are set to kick off Sunday night at 7:00 p.m.

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