In the Arena, 12/28

27 Dec

BY TODD HUNT 

I hope Santa Claus was as good to each of you as he was to my family. It will take several extra visits to the gym to work off all of the goodies I have enjoyed this holiday season.

I thought that I would wind down 2007 with a look back at the things that have happened at the Arena over the past twelve months.  Then I realized that from January – May I was running another arena/coliseum in Starkville!  Since this is technically my blog and not the arena’s, my solution was to mix in a few events I worked in Starkville with the ones I read about that happened in Tupelo during that time.

Here’s a recap of 2007:

January:  The Fray/Mute Math played to a sold-out crowd in the theatre setup of the Hump.

February:  The Wiggles entertained over 4,000 3-year-olds (and their parents) at the Hump, while Larry The Cable Guy made a return appearance at the BCS Arena.  The Mudcats were very successful in their home opener, with a huge crowd in the stands and a win on the field.

March:  The basketball Bulldogs hosted Florida State in a nationally televised NIT game.  The Hump is one noisy place when the Dogs get a lead…

April:  Sugarland brought their high energy show to the Arena, while Blues Traveler and Yung Joc rocked the Hump.

May:  Lee County Schools held their combined graduations at the Arena.

June:  Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey returned to the Arena for the first time in two years, and I began my second term as director of the BancorpSouth Arena.

July:  WWE/ECW Smackdown rolled into Tupelo.  Body slams were enjoyed by all…

August:  It was hot.  That’s all I have to say about August.  Hot.

September:  We spent most of September getting the facility ready for the coming months.

October:  Casting Crowns played to a sellout crowd to start the month.  We also hosted a statewide nurses convention and two shows by the Doodlebops.

November:  Our busiest month of the year.  More than 30,000 people visited the Arena to watch high school basketball, Willie Nelson, Breaking Benjamin/Three Days Grace/Seether, public ice skating and Disney on Ice.

December:  We closed the year with a high school band conference, Aaron Neville and more public ice skating.

That’s a brief summary of the past year in live entertainment.  Of course, we’ve been busy planning for many more things to come in 2008.  Gaither Homecoming, Winter Jam, Reba/Kelly Clarkson and Kid Rock/Rev Run are just a few of the entertainment options already on the books for the coming year.  Hope to see you in the Arena soon.

Happy New Year!

Todd

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