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More ‘Reruns’ at The Denty

Besides Garth doing 8 reruns of his show within a couple of weeks, it seems the reruns are starting to rear their head at The Denty;

Country singer Shania Twain will be returning to Sioux Falls during her 2018 “Now” tour.

Hey, I don’t have an issue with this, I mean, people still go to SkyForce games. Right? If it weren’t for Bill Cosby coming back to the Pavilion a dozen times or so, it may never had made a buck . . . wait, has it?

But honestly, I would like to see some more diverse entertainment. I just bought my first ticket to a show at The Denty, The Foo Fighters, and it was because a friend had an extra one to sell (I hate arena shows, but I don’t think the Foo Fighters are playing the Icon anytime soon).

I take issue with subsidizing the mortgage and maintenance on this building anyway, but if we are going to only use it for a large Grand Ole Opry it’s time we had a chat with management.

‘Shut Up’ & Enjoy the Economic Impact of the Denny

Thanks to Cameraman Bruce for finding this ridiculous video, ever notice it’s always about the sports or country music in Sioux Falls. If you like neither for entertainment, you might as well roll up in a corner and cry yourself to sleep.

Of course the stories continue about all the econ impact of the Brooks shows. I don’t deny there will be a slight sales tax and local business bump, but let’s truly look at what goes out the door. Fortunately, the Brooks camp monitors their sales, so they KNOW who is purchasing the tickets, so here are the numbers we ‘are being told’;

While roughly 60 percent of the tickets sold were from the region, Semrau says more than 40,000 attendees will be visiting Sioux Falls specifically for Garth’s shows.

So it is not the other way around, like our mayor claimed.

Let’s start with what Garth will be taking directly from Sioux Falls area residents (I’m assuming his $75 fee does NOT include taxes or Ticketmaster fees) If you assume 60% are from the SF MSA, that would mean Brooks takes $4.5 million from the community that will never be recirculated or spent in SF (this money left our town in one week).

Now let’s take the visitors, who spend all their delicious cash in our hotels and restaurants;

“You have to think about the indirect impact of those people working in the hotels, working in the restaurants, working in the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center, they then roll over that money because they’ve been paid because of the concert to work, so it rolls over in the community three to five times,” Schmidt said.

Not really. First off people who work in the hospitality industry in SF are the lowest paid in the community, basically poverty wages of $14k to $20K a year. Besides the wages that will be recirculated most profits leave Sioux Falls because a lot of the businesses are national franchises.

How about that 36,000 gallons of beer, SMG and Ovations who handle operations at the EC are national companies, that money leaves Sioux Falls also.

While I agree there may be a $20 million dollar impact, only a small portion of that actually goes in the pockets of SF residents and even city hall.

The proof is in the pudding, since the EC has been built, sales tax revenue has actually gone down. Like I have said in an earlier post, we can make some ordinance changes and other changes at the EC to make sure more of that money recirculates in Sioux Falls, but that will take some leadership.

One of the reasons I support local restaurants and shows by local promoters is because I know most of the money I spend at these places will recirculate in the community. Maybe there should be a new push by the CVB to support local entertainment.

Mayor Huether weighs in on the Garth shows

Mike was on his favorite softball throwing show, B-N-B this morning. Besides weighing in on Garth (we will get to that shortly) he got some other things out of his craw.

Besides saying he will cut subsidies to non-profits (still waiting for him to return the $500K from a tennis center he named after himself) he talked about the districting of the Parks Board.

He said that the current board is not broken. I think most would agree, that is why Stehly’s proposed legislation wouldn’t eliminate any of the current members, this is about moving forward in a growing diverse community.

He said while he understood we need laws and regulations he sometimes feels like there are ‘too many’ and he thinks this change is an unneeded regulation. So I guess when it comes to smoking outdoors, long grass, trimming the city trees, etc. those are worthwhile regulations? Why? Because they keep the minions inline, but when we want to regulate the ruling class, there seems to be too many rules. Admit it Mike, you love the status quo when it protects you and your ruling class, but when it comes to the peasants, RULES, RULES, RULES! Heck, your biggest fan, Joe Kirby was on the Good Ship Lalley Pop show yesterday bragging about how well the home rule charter (he helped create) is working and said Mike was doing a fabulous job as our city’s King.

Mike also weighed in on Garth Brooks.

Some say that I need to get over the EC being passed and deal with it. Oh, I have, but I also feel we can DO BETTER when it comes to the way the building is run, and it would take very minor adjustments to make the building more profitable and make access to affordable tickets to Sioux Falls citizens and others in the region.

Ironically, the mayor points out some of these simple solutions in his interview this morning.

He said he was ‘impressed’ with how Brooks handles his ticket sales, especially with the controls he has in place to make sure his fans get tickets without being gouged.

I would agree, so why doesn’t the mayor’s office and the city council pass ordinances to put those controls in place for all ticket sales? Many other municipalities across the country have done just that. It’s not like the Mayor and Council are not aware of the problems. Citizens have been begging since the place opened to put some regulations in place to make tickets more available locally without being subjected to ticket brokers outrageous prices. Sit down with Ticketmaster and the Brooks camp and ask them how they do it, and duplicate some of those procedures in Sioux Falls. Want to add something positive to your legacy before leaving office? Here is your opportunity.

Huether also made the claim that probably over half of the people who attend events at the EC are from out of town. The problem with this claim is that there is no statistical way to prove this claim. As I mentioned above, with the interference of ticket brokers, we have NO idea who is purchasing tickets locally. A ticket broker in Kansas City, for example could buy 20 tickets and turn around and sell those tickets to people all over the region including in Sioux Falls. If we put more controls on purchases we would know who is purchasing the tickets and if they are attending. We could also be promoting our own shows which not only would give us more control of ticket sales it would give the taxpayers a bigger cut of the profits. It’s not some new concept in Sioux Falls. The Pavilion promotes a ton of it’s own events and controls their ticket sales. Rumor has it, that the city gave a short term loan last year to the Pavilion to promote a kid’s musical that did five shows. It’s doable, we would just do it on a larger scale at the EC.

He also talked about the economic impact of Garth’s seven shows (and counting) which I don’t deny, but you also have to take into account that the EC will be closed for 3 months over the summer (A quarter of the year). How many sold out shows could we have had over that 3 month period? Seven? Ten? We will never know. IMO, we will just be playing catch-up with the Garth shows for the 3 months we were closed. The lights and full time staff still have to be paid whether the facility is being used or not, those operational costs have to be absorbed somewhere.

I hope the mayor listens to the replay of his interview today and really thinks about some of the POSITIVE changes we could make to the EC to make it truly a great and profitable facility (for the city NOT just SMG).

Garth Brooks sellout is a perfect opportunity to give us the real numbers

It didn’t take long for the usual mouthpieces to come out talking about the economic impact of the Garth Shows, which is no surprise;

Teri Schmidt, executive director of the Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau, said anytime a concert sells out it means an infusion of money to bars, restaurants, hotels and gas stations in the city. But a household name that draws people from all over the country like Brooks raises the bar even further.

“Even if we said the average person would spend an average of about $100, that’s another $4.5 million in economic impact — just in a blink of an eye,” she said. “Throw in the possibility of an overnight stay, going out to eat, maybe they do a little shopping, fill up their car with gas — it’s going to be a great week in Sioux Falls.”

That’s good news also for local governments that find themselves dealing with sluggish sales tax revenues.

Which comes to about $135,000 in sales taxes to the city coffers (if you count all 3 pennies the city takes in). But let’s say everyone spends double that, that’s a whopping $270,000.

I won’t dwell on that.

As I have said all along, I would like to know the amount of money that is spent at the Denny (not at other businesses citywide) that leaves town. In other words how much goes to Garth, SMG and Ovations, and how much of that gets recirculated in Sioux Falls?

People have argued with me that the Denny is bringing in MORE money to the community, yet;

1) The city and SMG won’t show us the actual sales numbers AND

2) sales tax revenue has been slowly declining in SF since the Denny opened YET most shows are sellouts.

With all the additional sales at the Denny and people coming to Sioux Falls for this extra entertainment, why haven’t we been seeing a boom in sales tax growth?

You know I know the answer why, but will the city have the nads to admit it?

Events Center closed for Summer Repairs?

The new car is in the shop already?

I heard a peculiar thing yesterday. I was told a part-time employee of the Events Center was recently informed that after the Paul Simon concert that the Events Center would be closed for the remainder of the summer for ‘repairs’.

Before I get my ‘conspiracy theories’ rolling I will say this from my experience of working at the Washington Pavilion’s performing arts hall, this isn’t all that uncommon for entertainment facilities.

I worked as a lead usher the first four years the Pavilion was open. We didn’t hold any entertainment events in the hall during the summer. Mostly because many touring acts either don’t tour during the summer or they do mostly outdoor venues. We also liked it as part-time staff because we got our summers off. The Pavilion would use the time to do light maintenance and ‘deep cleaning’ of the hall (clean seats, clean carpet, and make minor repairs to flooring, stage gear and seating). However, we were never told this was for major repairs.

There are some questions though. Is the honeymoon over with the Events Center? Notice we have many repeat acts already. Is there only so many sold-out shows we can do?

But the bigger question is the terminology ‘repairs’. I do know that some major renovation is being done at the Convention Center, but this is a facility that is as old as the Pavilion. So what is going on at the Events Center, a very NEW facility. Like I said, totally understand deep cleaning and regular maintenance, but if major repairs are already being done at the place, one wonders what is up. I joked when I first heard the revelation that it will probably take a few months to drain the water from the walls.

But will we ever know since the one time there seemed to be negligence by the builder (siding) the whole settlement became a secret that seems to be protected by state law (Still waiting for the Supreme Court to rule).

I’ve been asking around about the ‘repairs’ I will keep you posted. Too bad the buttrocker palace across the street isn’t still open to pick up the slack.

Mortenson must be taking time off from the Vikings Stadium

Image: KELO-TV

To find time to work our mini-disaster right here in Sioux Falls,

Beginning on Wednesday, May 10, 2017, crews will be working on the north side of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center to repair a portion of exterior soffit. The work should be complete in approximately one week.

In late December 2016, a portion of the soffit on the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center became dislodged due to significant winds. The soffit is located on the north (back) side of the building, and the damage appeared isolated. Beginning May 10, a subcontractor will inspect the building’s soffit and perform any necessary repairs.

This work will be completed at no cost to the City*.

*How will we ever know? Everything is a secret agreement.

This is a good start, but can you fill in the blanks?

I guess the CVB has been listening to my requests for economic impact of the Events Center and other entertainment venues in the city;

“When there’s something big going on in town, people are at gas stations, filling up their cars to drive home.  They’re eating in the restaurants.  They’re shopping all over the town,” Schmidt said.

All of this made for a lucrative 2016.  Schmidt says concerts, plays, sporting events, conventions — you name it — brought nearly $500 million into the city.

Hey this is great, but without details, it’s just all fluff. I would like to see the formula the CVB used to come to these conclusions, I would also not only like to see the sales figures of the EC but of all the entertainment venues. We own, operate, take care of and pay the mortgages of these facilities, we have a right to see the numbers.

This story was just a teaser that leaves me with more questions.

Déjà vu?

Makes you wonder how much water the walls of our EC are holding back?

Minnesota Vikings stadium officials say they’re concerned about leaky walls and loose panels at the new $1.1 billion facility.

The Star Tribune reports that stadium executives said Friday that zinc panels covering the entire exterior of the building are being tested and that the panels’ durability are a health and safety concern. U.S. Bank Stadium has been open only nine months.

The facility’s general contractor, M.A. Mortenson, is working on the northwestern facade of the stadium after water seeped through and created puddles in various places, including a concourse.

Oh, but it gets better;

Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority says it doesn’t expect to have to pay for repairs. A Mortenson executive says the company will bear its responsibility for repairs.

I guess we will never know how much Mortenson has paid us or if it was sufficient. Because 1) we have no idea what damage could be behind the walls and 2) the settlement has been kept secret. If I were the next mayor, the first thing I would do is cut a hole in the wall, and see for myself.

Did they finally fix the siding on the Denny?

Nope, I realized it’s just a hockey puck graphic . . .

Graphic; KELO-TV screenshot

Argus’ new entertainment reporter writes puff piece on ticket sales at the Denny

Here we go again, breaking in another new reporter at the Argus that allows city hall and it’s minions to buffalo them into a puff piece.

It was so nice of Chris to tell us this;

“I don’t think you’ll find a market of our size with a venue of our size that has had the number and the level of touring events that we’ve had the last two and a half years in the country,” said Chris Semrau, assistant general manager for SMG, the management company for the Premier Center.

Pollstar, an international touring publication that collects venue ticket sales, ranked the Premier Center as No. 88 in the world for tour ticket sales in 2016. That does not include sporting or special events. Usually new venues decrease in rank their second year, but the Premier Center rose 12 slots from No. 100 in the world in 2015. The facility is already doing better in 2017 than consultants for the city had projected.

And that sales number are what? Still a highly guarded secret apparently.

Chris also added this;

“We have hosted many country tours for multiple reasons, first financially. They do very well in this market.”

Just how much have the artists made at the EC?

More smoke and mirrors to cloud what we really want to know. Stop with the BS and just give us the actual numbers. How much money is going straight out the door.