The Event Center Task Force; Three Strikes, you are out!


Just one of the several “If we build it, they will come” boneheads that sit on the EC Task Force. I think we will pass on the advice from a fee harvesting thief that will soon be looking for a new job.

It’s time to replace the Event Center Task Force. They have it wrong on three fronts and no one seems to be calling them out on it until now. Scotty Hudson found this quote;

My new hero is Stampede chief executive officer Gary Weckwerth. Sure, he differs with me in that he does want a new facility built. At least he’s realistic about the city’s draw, saying that a 15,000 seat building is “monstrous for this community…I don’t want to see them over-build and have this big animal that sits empty and doesn’t work for the teams that play there”, he told the Argus. “Over the last 50 years, have we really outgrown the Arena that we have? The amenities and quality of it…is gone. But from a simple seat perspective, we have not outgrown the Arena as it sits today. And we never will.” Please, Mr. Weckwerth, run for Mayor.

Gary is right.  Not only is the plan too big, but the location has no entertainment infrastructure and funding it thru charging people more taxes on essential goods like food and utilities is assinine. But the task force doesn’t seem to get it;

Dykhouse and Woster said the task force still prefers a facility that seats more.
“I can’t see us going over 15,000, but I can’t see us going below 12,000,” Woster said.
“This isn’t about five to 10 years from now. This is about 25 or 30 years. We want to look 40 years down the road.”

Originally when I was still against the new Event Center my argument always was, “We don’t book the 7,000 seat Arena at capacity now, what makes us think we can book one twice the size?” Since the recession, that I believe will take the country 5-10 years to truly recover from, people have been finding different ways to spend their entertainment dollars. And buying $120 concert tickets isn’t one of them.

It’s time we fire the task force and start from scratch, again. Maybe the 3rd time is a charm.


#1 redhatterb on 07.02.09 at 9:13 pm

Amen—-at this time if Gary were to run for Mayor he would probably get my vote.

#2 CarterFlyer on 07.07.09 at 6:13 pm


Thats all I have to say.