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Midwest: Impressive Debuts

FEEDING THE PHISH FANS: Phish kicked off its summer tour at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis in June. (Courtesy Chaifetz Arena) Two new Midwest arenas post big years The Midwest is home to two of the more prominent venues to open in the United States in recent years — Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, which opened in September 2017, and Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, which opened a year later — and those glittering new facilities were among the headlining locations in the region to enjoy productive schedules for the year that ended Jan. 31.   Little Caesars Arena and Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., outside of Chicago, earned the most revenue in the region, each grossing more than $51 million, with the latter outpacing all venues with more than 708,000 tickets sold. Meanwhile, Fiserv Forum enjoyed a robust concert schedule as it found its footing, selling more than 423,000 tickets […]

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New Blueprint for Old Arenas?

Hy-Vee Arena, home to NBA and NHL teams when it was Kemper Arena, now provides playing space for residents plus regional and national youth tournaments. (Courtesy Hy-Vee Arena) Renovated Hy-Vee Arena provides Kansas City with a new place to play KANSAS CITY, Mo. — For Alfonso Hayes and those who play in his Ball Up Sporting adult basketball program, the recently renovated Hy-Vee Arena provides more than just a warm, dry location to play the game they love. “It’s a central place,” he said on a recent early spring day as he watched a pickup game drift up and down one of the building’s numerous open courts. “It’s become more like a community.” That is precisely what developer Steve Foutch had in mind five years ago when he first considered buying and renovating long-neglected Kemper Arena, for 33 years Kansas City’s primary arena, in the West Bottoms neighborhood southwest of […]

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Solid Midwest

Kiss plays its End of the Road tour at TaxSlayer Center. (Courtesy TaxSlayer Center) Big acts and a big new venue mark a busy year in the heartland The midwest region’s venues enjoyed strong returns in 2018, buoyed by a solid economy and big-name touring shows. The first full year of Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena heralded a major new facility in the region and attracted some of the country’s top touring acts, while bolstering the revival effort for one of the Midwest’s bellwether metropolitan areas. Weather occasionally interfered with plans during 2018, but affected arenas adjusted to accommodate both artists and fans. Venue staff also worked around continuing  improvements and renovations, keeping the shows on schedule in venerable facilities such as Wrigley Field even as physical changes required savvy planning.   READ ON: The Circuit: Some of the Midwest’s top-performing venues share highlights from their year Hy-Vee Arena: New blueprint for […]

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Midwest: The Circuit

Some of the Midwest’s top-performing venues share highlights from their year TaxSlayer Center, Moline, Ill. Scott Mullen, executive director  How was your year? 2018 was a solid year for us. The economy is doing well and people are buying tickets. Big shows We had some big names in 2018 with full houses for Blake Shelton, Styx, REO (Speedwagon) and Don Felder, and 5 Finger Death Punch. Alice Cooper, Jim Gaffigan, the Beach Boys, Alabama, Lindsey Stirling and Cole Swindell also had strong showings as did World’s Toughest Rodeo, the Missouri Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Tournament, the (Harlem) Globetrotters, Monster Jam, Theresa Caputo and Impractical Jokers. Big changes We installed a new Wi-Fi system throughout the complex as well as a new security camera system and a new point-of-sale system for F&B. What went right? We were able to land a Paul McCartney show that will play here in June. With […]

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