General Manager at Revolution Place is crediting his team and the bounce-back of the economy for strong ticket sales in the first part of 2018.
On top of booking the arena, Scott Clark says they have been filling up the Bowes Event Centre, formerly known as the Bowes Family Garden, more often.
"Taking a look at that space, we are just trying to keep it busier. We also think there may be a market niche for those groups that can come in and do 900 to 1300 people that maybe wasn't being fulfilled in the community," said Clark.
In the first quarter of the year, according to a media release from the facility, there have been over 30,000 visitors. About 22 per cent of those people are from outside of the city, but within 150 kilometres away.
"We know our role in the city. It is to provide entertainment and lifestyle here, but it is also to make an economic impact. It depends on the show, but half of our customers come from outside of the city to Grande Prairie to see shows. Almost 20 per cent of those folks come from over 150 kilometres away."
Clark says if they keep up this pace, this will be their busiest year for concerts in over a decade.
"The Canadian dollar is strengthened which has really helped the concert industry in Canada. From fall of 2014 and on, a lot of artists were staying in the States. The weakness of the dollar didn't help, but it is strengthened now and the shows are coming back."
Upcoming shows include Larry the Cable Guy, the Grande Prairie Women's Show, Dirty Dancing, Rock Downtown with One Bad Son, and Nazareth.
w/ files from Jeromy Corrigan
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