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Bayfront Festival Park To Stage First Ticketed Concert Event

Bayfront Festival Park in Duluth, Minn. is staging its first ticketed concert over Labor Day. SR-71, Vertical Horizon and Nine Days were originally scheduled to play the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena but DECC Entertainment Director Craig Samborski, persuaded the bands to do an outdoor show instead, reports the Duluth News Tribune, hoping to attract college students returning to school.

"I think what the plan is, if you're going to do the Bayfront Blues Festival on it and you're going to do (Creedence Clearwater Revisited) on it, why not take advantage of these three bands," Samborski said. "They're a clean pop show that appeals to a broad range." DECC officials hope the Sept. 3 concert will attract 10,000 people.

A move to the outdoor site boasts more than twice the arena's capacity — about 12,000 — and new facilities in a lakeside setting. A larger capacity also made way for lower ticket prices from $25 to $20 in advance and $25 day of show.

"Promoters are just real eager to see how that park is going to perform," said Carl Seehus, the city's director of parks and recreation. "We want to get the word out that Duluth has a venue that can't be found anywhere else in the state."