In the Arena, 2/15

14 Feb

BY TODD HUNT

Well, my initial thought for this week’s blog was to give you guys a recap of my whirlwind trip to Los Angeles last week for Pollstar magazine’s Concert Industry Consortium. Since then, we’ve hosted the Junior Auxiliary Charity Ball, Gaither Homecoming show, and a standing-room-only Winter Jam concert on consecutive nights followed by a sold-out Reba/Kelly Clarkson concert for Valentine’s Day. I’m not sure when I thought I would have the time to write a complete blog, but that was my intent. So much for that idea…

This Saturday (2/16) we have comedian Rickey Smiley on Saturday and we’re expecting to sell out our theatre configuration for that event. Wednesday (2/20) will be the Kid Rock “Rock and Roll Revival” tour with special guests Rev. Run & Dickey Betts. That show will be close to a sellout as well. Hopefully I can find the time to summarize my LA trip next week. If I can’t write it by then, there’s a chance that I will forget that I even made the trip! One short note about LA: I did not have a Britney sighting. I did have some friends that shared a meal with Mr. Belding from “Saved By The Bell,” though…

Until next week,

Todd

8 Responses to “In the Arena, 2/15”

  1. Alan February 17, 2008 at 9:36 am #

    Glad to see the Reba/Kelly show was a sellout. That is great for the community. I’m curious when was the last sellout at BancorpSouth. Todd thanks for all you do.

  2. Todd Hunt February 17, 2008 at 12:35 pm #

    Alan,

    Good question. We’ve actually had three sellouts this week alone: Winter Jam, Reba/Kelly, and Rickey Smiley (granted it was in our theatre configuration). Casting Crowns also sold out for us last October. Prior to that, Nickelback sold out in August 2006.

    Thanks for your support. We can book the events, but it takes the community buying tickets to make these shows successful.

  3. farley662 February 17, 2008 at 12:54 pm #

    Any chance of bringing Rascal Flatts or Kenny Chesney back anytime soon?

  4. Roger Rabbit February 18, 2008 at 12:20 pm #

    Any truth to the rumor of Brad Paisley coming to town? This would be a great show.

  5. Todd February 19, 2008 at 10:42 am #

    Rascal Flatts, Kenny Chesney, and Brad Paisley would all be excellent shows. It’s hard to convince artists that can sell out 15,000 seat arenas (or 50,000 seat stadiums in Chesney’s case) to play our 8,000 seat room, but we’re pleading our case daily. The latest string of successful shows should help our cause. Keep checking our website (www.bcsarena.com) for updates.

  6. Roger Rabbit February 19, 2008 at 12:11 pm #

    Chesney sold the place out 3 years in a row. What is the difference now? Is he only doing stadiums and not arenas?

  7. Todd February 19, 2008 at 1:24 pm #

    He’s playing a mixture of stadiums, amphitheatres, and arenas. The smallest venue on this year’s tour is 13,500 seats (or 5,500 more than we could sell). At $59.50 a ticket, that’s $327,250 more than a show in the BancorpSouth Arena could generate. That’s a large hurdle for us to overcome…

  8. Roger Rabbit February 19, 2008 at 2:56 pm #

    Is there any where to expand?

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