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Old 03-15-2013, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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HUNTINGTON -- The Big Sandy Superstore Arena has profound effects on downtown Huntington and the surrounding region, according to a new economic impact study of the entertainment venue.

The study conducted by Marshall University's Center for Business and Economic Research says the arena has a total financial output of $17 million annually for an eight-county region and sustains the equivalent of 190 full-time jobs.
Study: Arena pumps $17M into economy - The Herald Dispatch
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:23 PM
 
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Unless I read it wrong, it says that the study's results are from 2009. So imagine what the results would be 2011 and 2012. I'm betting on quite a bit more.
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:45 PM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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No, you read it right. They actually mentioned hat in the article:

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"Due to the recession occurring during that time, results of the economic impact are likely to be understated as compared to the true impact of the arena today," according to the study. "This is beneficial in that the results of this analysis will produce a conservative estimate."
The BSSA has definitely had a successful year this year. Hopefully SMG helps to utilize the Keith Albee more in the coming years as well. It would be interesting to see the combined impact of both.
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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Considering that the city budget is around 42-43 million for the year (oddly less than last year), that 17 million is a lot more than it sounds. Now, I am aware that all of that money doesn't go directly into the budget (because it goes into multiple businesses as is obviously from the article) but I reference it to put it into perspective.

http://www.cityofhuntington.com/page...12-13-0512.pdf
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:00 AM
 
Location: Huntington, WV
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SMG is looking to up the contracted number of concerts at the BSSA to 15.

BSSA Proposes More Concerts Annually | Huntington News
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Old 09-20-2013, 07:57 AM
 
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It would be nice to see another all day music festival, like the defunct X-Fest, return to the arena. Or even 2 of those types of events with one catering to rock and one to country.

It would be nice to see a major touring comedian or two visit the arena every year too.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:54 PM
 
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It would be nice to see another all day music festival, like the defunct X-Fest, return to the arena. Or even 2 of those types of events with one catering to rock and one to country.

It would be nice to see a major touring comedian or two visit the arena every year too.
X-fest was great! They always brought in top notch bands. I will miss 106.3 when I'm in town.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:21 AM
 
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It's no longer X106.3. It is now 106.3 The Brew and they changed the format to Classic Rock. That leaves 92.7 The Planet as the lone modern rock station in Huntington.

As for the Big Sandy Superstore Arena, I hope that the facility can proceed with more renovations. The new seats in the arena are nice but the outside of the building needs a major facelift, along with the areas like restrooms, concessions and backstage. I mentioned this on a thread in the Charleston Forum about the renovations to the Charleston Civic Center, it would be nice to see some large windows installed in the outside walls of the BSSA to let in some outside light. Also, the inside areas around the concession areas and the like need some new paint.

The dressing rooms in the backstage area need updated as well.
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