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 Friday, April 25, the 115th day of 2014. There are 250 days left in the year.
1864 — 150 years ago: Never in the history of Rock Island was there such a demand for houses as at present. Our city is suffering for the want of suitable tenement houses.
1889 — 125 years ago: The choir of Central Presbyterian Church presented a ladies concert under the direction of S.T. Bowlby.
1914 — 100 years ago: Miss Rosella Benson was elected president of the Standard Bearers of Spencer Memorial Methodist Church.
1939 — 75 years ago: Mrs. Nell Clapper was elected president of the Rock Island Business and Professional Women's Club.
1964 — 50 years ago: Gerald Hickman, of Seattle, Wash, will move his family to Rock Island to assume the position of produce buyer for the Eagle Food Center chain of food stores. This announcement was made today by Bernard Weindruch, president of Eagles.
1989 — 25 years ago: Care & Share, formed in 1984 to provide food to jobless and needy Quad-Citians, will disband because the major part of a crisis created by plant closings is over. Food for the needy is still necessary. So groups separately will continue to raise money and collect food.