IN THE ARENA

READER NOTE:The following is a blog post from Todd Hunt of the BancorpSouth Arena. It can also be found at the Scene Now blog. Look for some changes in how you find the Scene Now blog soon. Your thoughts about the BCS Arena? Comment below

Winter Jam 2009 is now in our rearview mirror. Once again we had to turn away several hundred fans due to a lack of space. I was impressed by the die hard fans who were actually at the venue at 8:30AM Sunday morning when I came into work. I hope that they were able to find seats close to the stage! I was also glad that the weather was pleasant, allowing many fans the chance to enjoy themselves as they waited for the doors to open. Hope to see all of you again next year.

The success of Winter Jam leads me to ask the question: could a similar show work in the rock or country realm? What if three or four rock or country acts performed for a $10 ticket? Would you guys support something like that? From a venue standpoint we would love to see more shows where we have the enviable problem of having to turn people away due to a lack of seats. Maybe we can put a show like that together for the summertime to test the theory.

The song of the week is “You Really Got Me” by the Kinks or Van Halen (depending on your age!). The song was written by the Kinks in the sixties and was covered by Van Halen on their debut album. My ipod decided to play both versions this week while shuffling through my music library. That’s sign enough for me to include it as a song of the week!

Next week we’ll be hosting the Harlem Globetrotters on Monday night. Does anyone think that the Washington Generals have a chance at winning the game? I didn’t think so…

Until next time,
Todd

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