01 Feb 2014

Here are highlights from this past week’s Coliseum Commission meeting at the BancorpSouth Arena:

  • Director Todd Hunt recently traveled to Nashville, where he toured the Music City Center and talked with some promoters who manage country artists.
  • Arena and conference center attendance notes:
    • The Mac McAnally and Paul Thorn concert sold well, and both artists were happy.
    • Disney Live, which took place just before Christmas, had low attendance compared to its usual September dates. It’ll be back in September this year and numbers are expected to be more successful then.
    • The Harper Morgan Rodeo that took place a few months ago had lower attendance than expected.
    • Ice skating numbers are up compared to years past. Hunt said the colder the weather, the more folks come to ice skate.
    • Upcoming events include this weekend’s Charity Ball, Florida-Georgia Line (which has sold out; they’re looking to see if they can find room for a handful of extra seats) and the Sr. Beta Club Convention, which should bring in its largest numbers of members this year.
    • Following the bank robbery and shooting of two Tupelo Police officers in December, the FBI used the arena as a command post and to hold several press conferences. At least one FBI agent was at the building during its stay in town (about a week), and someone from the arena stayed with them in case they needed anything.
  • To accommodate more folks at Flordia-Georgia Line, the arena will have more concession staff on hand, as well as extra workers checking IDs for wristbands. They’ll do that outside the arena as well as at the concession lines. It’ll cost more, Hunt said, but it’ll make for better customer service.
  • Elton John tickets went on sale Friday.