Is Mesa Amphitheatre in Trouble? Outdoor Venue Losing Revenue Fast
Mesa Ampitheater during a sold-out Kings of Leon concert in 2009. There was no pigeon shit, but no air-conditioning backstage, either.
A story in today's Arizona Republic should worry all local music fans. The paper reports that Mesa Amphitheatre, a grassy 5,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater has entered a world of hurt as it loses out on big-name acts booked into another city-owned space, Mesa Arts Center, and other competitors.
"Over the last 10 years, we booked the most events at this venue," he said. "But due to the venue being outside, [when] acts want to play inside, the downturn in the economy, and less acts touring at this venue capacity, the Mesa Amp is not getting as many shows. In fact, I have booked multiple shows at the Mesa Amp and had to move them to smaller venues due to lack of ticket sales."
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