TROY — The newly renovated Hobart Arena hosted three events last weekend drawing more than 7,000 people, according to staff.
At the Recreation Department board meeting, Hobart Arena Director Ken Siler said staff rallied through the weekend to allow the two concerts and cheer event to go smoothly.
“All in all, staff did a great job. We had a significant amount of overtime over the weekend. Throughout the three-day events, we probably had about 7,000 to 7,500 people come through the building. It was a good weekend over all and we are still recovering and trying to get caught up on things from the last several weeks trying to get the building ready to go and preparing for the events,” Siler reported.
President Marty Hobart commended staff for their hard work during the weekend events, which he attended.
“I wanted to see how the flow was and the people were moving. It was very crowded, but it wasn’t as congested as it was previously before the renovation,” Hobart said.
Hobart said he observed the concession stands and how the staff and volunteers helped with food and beverages. Hobart commended Siler and assistant director Carrie Slater for a job well done. Hobart also said he spoke with the head of security and there were no reported incidents from the weekend concerts.
“I think everything went as well (if not) better than expected,” Hobart said.
Siler said it will be unlikely that the arena will host a three-day event schedule like last weekend due to the laborious set-up from concerts to clearing the floor and changing the building for the cheer event.
“Saturday night after we worked two full days and going from that to a different event where we had to not only clean but had to change the floor set-up was a challenge,” Siler said.
Siler said some staff worked all Saturday evening until early morning on Sunday. Siler said back-to-back concerts would be fine, but it would be unlikely the arena would add a third event following a two-day event.
“We made it through and everybody did a great job,” Siler said.
Siler noted several other departments pitched in with staffing, storage and set-up and thanked them for their assistance.
Renovations to the Adams Street lobby are expected to be complete by the end of the month.
Siler said the Earth, Wind and Fire tribute concert was cancelled by the promoter, but the arena has added two events, ice racing and a rock concert, to the calendar since last month.
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