As the i wireless Center in Moline prepares to mark 20 years in business at the end of the month, it has racked up the most sold-out concerts in a single year since its first year.
For the fiscal year ending March 31, the eight sold-out shows in the arena and their attendance numbers were:
--Lady Antebellum (April 5, 2012): 10,493 -- Nickelback (April 10, 2012): 10,254 -- Jason Aldean (May 11, 2012): 10,995 -- Zac Brown (Aug. 3, 2012): 10,574 -- Eric Church (Oct. 5, 2012): 10,659 -- Carrie Underwood (Nov. 16, 2012): 10,189 -- Maroon 5 (March 1, 2013): 10,864 -- Luke Bryan (March 2, 2013): 10,779
Seating capacities are dictated by the size of the production, so that's why the total attendance number varies, i wireless Center Executive Director Scott Mullen said Monday. The i wi also had near sellouts with Rascal Flatts, Journey and Green Day, he noted.
"I would attribute this year's concert success to the surge in popularity of country music," Mr. Mullen said. "Country acts have done a great job of keeping their artist guarantees at a reasonable level, which allows promoters to offer tickets at reasonable prices.
"Country acts also tour more extensively than other genres of music -- playing more dates," he said. "We have worked very hard at the manager and agent level in terms of networking and building relationships to get all types of shows to play the Quad-Cities."
The best year for sellouts at the former Mark of the Quad Cities was 1993-94, when the arena opened May 28-29 with two sold-out Neil Diamond concerts. Being "starved for entertainment," Mr. Mullen said, Quad-Cities fans flocked to the then-new arena in droves.
For the 10-month year ending March 31, 1994, The Mark hosted 13 sellout shows, including Billy Ray Cyrus, Dwight Yoakum, the Beach Boys,Kenny G,Bette Midler, Michael Bolton, Aerosmith,Reba McEntire,Tim McGraw, Rod Stewart and Frank Sinatra.
The good year just past helped the i wi reach its most profitable bottom line since 2008-09, when it posted a surplus of just more than $1 million. In 2012-13, it ended with an unaudited profit of$910,956. The audited annual report will be presented to the Illinois Quad City Civic Center Authority board at its June meeting.
Today is Monday, Sept. 1, the 244th day of 2014. There are 121 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: We are informed by J.H. Hull that the reason the street sprinkler was not at work yesterday settling the dust on the streets, was because one of his horses was injured. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Bonnie McGregor, a fleet-footed stallion owned by S.W. Wheelock of this community, covered himself with glory at Lexington, Ky, when he ran a mile in 2:13 1/2. The horse's value was estimated as at least $50,000. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Troops are pouring into Paris to prepare for defense of the city. The German army is reported to be only 60 miles from the capital of France. 1939 -- 75 years ago: The German army has invaded Poland in undeclared warfare. Poland has appealed to Great Britain and France for aid. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Publication of a plant newspaper, the Farmall Works News, has been launched at the Rock Island IHC factory and replaces a managerial newsletter. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Officials predict Monday's Rock Island Labor Parade will be the biggest and best ever. Last minute work continues on floats and costumes for the parade, which steps off a 9:30 a.m.