Erie Events Impact Downtown Business

by Brandon Boyd, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations

GRAPHICFORARTICLEIn 2018, Erie Events drove nearly $88 million in direct spending to the Erie region. Erie Events, which operates the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, UPMC Park and Bayfront Convention Center, is located in the heart of Erie’s downtown cultural, entertainment and sports district.

With a 2018 event attendance of 729,966, Erie Events is a major driving force that attracts people to downtown Erie.  In addition to attending events, those people also visited restaurants, bars, and other businesses. Downtown establishments prosper on event days.

Bertrand Artigues, owner of Cloud 9 Wine Bar, said he sees a direct correlation between events held in downtown Erie and how busy his business is.

“If [Erie Events] is busy, I’m busy. When we prepare, one of the first things we do is look at the Erie Events website to see what is bringing people into town,” he said. “A big piece of the pie for business here is having events downtown. When events occur, everything flourishes.”

Rochelle Carlotti, bar manager at Jekyll and Hyde’s, agreed.

“We absolutely see an influx in business when events are happening. Weekdays especially are greatly improved by downtown events. Events at the Warner and the Arena, especially Otters games, more than double our business. People often come in for dinner before the event and often stop by after for a drink.”

The Erie Insurance Arena drew 291,862 patrons in 2018, with an average of 3,423 people per game coming to see the Otters during the 2018-2019 season. UPMC Park brought in a total event attendance of 217,868 and the Bayfront Convention Center had a total event attendance of 133,686. The Warner Theatre brought in an additional 86,550 attendees.

For J.B. Innes, manager and owner of 1201 Kitchen, a Warner Theatre crowd brings in a tremendous amount of business.

“When reservations start coming in for a certain date, especially a weekday, I know something’s happening,” he said. “For us, the Warner especially does a great job in bringing in a lot of our customers.”

Downtown businesses unanimously agree that Erie Events plays a significant role in the amount of traffic they get during an event.

“When there’s events and things are going well, there’s a momentum downtown. We get bombarded. It’s fun to watch and be a part of,” Artigues said.

“These events are the cultural center of our city. They bring people in business to all of the bars, restaurants and shops downtown,” Carlotti said. “[Downtown events] bring us a large amount of business from people who may not think to stop into our establishment otherwise.”

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Something for Everyone This Week

The Warner Theatre and Erie Insurance Arena will play host to some exciting events this week. Visit http://www.erieevents.com for ticket information on the following:

The Erie Otters take on Owen Sound Attack on Wednesday, December 3 at 7pm.

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Straight No Chaser, the acapella sensation, will perform at the Warner Theatre at 7:30pm on Thursday, December 4th.

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The Erie Bayhawks return home this weekend with a 7pm game Friday and Saturday night.

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Also on Saturday night, the Erie Philharmonic will take the stage at the Warner Theatre “Come Home for the Holidays” with a 2pm and 8pm show. More information at http://www.eriephil.org.

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If you want to extend your weekend into Monday, get your tickets now for Sister Act at 7:30pm Monday night.

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Erie Philharmonic Hosts Thousands of Students at Warner Theatre for Youth Concerts

It was nearly a full house at the Warner Theatre this morning as thousands of students from Erie and Crawford counties enjoyed a performance by the Erie Philharmonic.

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This year’s theme is an introduction to the orchestra with Benjamin Britten’s Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Deven Shah, 13, will perform a piano concerto. Shah plays viola with the Erie Jr. Philharmonic.

Two groups shuffled into the Warner; one group of around 2,500 students in grades two through eight and another around 1,200 students. The field trip performance to the Phil concert has been ongoing for more than 20 years. Conductor Daniel Myer explains the instruments and music groups to the students, and then puts the orchestra back together for a breathtaking performance. It’s part of the organization’s education services provided to the community.

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For some students, it’s the only opportunity they’ll have to see an orchestra like the Phil perform right before their eyes. It’s a tradition that students look forward to year after year.

Mark Your Calendars 11/10/14 – 11/16/14

Another week is upon us at Erie Events and we’ve got a jam packed schedule. If you’re bored this Monday morning and you’re looking to fill your schedule with excitement, we’ve got you covered.

The Erie Otters are on home ice Tuesday, November 11th for a 5:30pm game. They play Mississauga Steelheads at Erie Insurance Arena. They’re coming off a win from over the weekend against the Saginaw Spirit. Get your tickets ahead of time by visiting http://www.erieevents.com or call the box office at 452-4857.

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The Bayfront Convention Center is playing host to the Global Summit’s event Tuesday night featuring former First Lady’s Laura Bush and Michele Ridge. For information on that event, call 459-8000.

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The highly anticipated “The Live Debut of the Christmas Attic” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will rock Erie Insurance Arena in front of a sold out crowd Friday evening.

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Saturday, November 15th is a full day for Erie Events. If you’re looking for a free event, check out the PA State Yo-Yo Contest from 10am to 5pm at the Bayfront Convention Center. There’s also Christmas in the Country at the Bayfront Convention Center from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday ($6.00 adults/kids 12 & under free.) Then you can head down to Erie Insurance Arena and watch the Erie Otters take on the Kitchener Rangers at 7pm. Tickets for that game can also be purchased ahead of time on our website.

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If you’re looking for something other than hockey on Saturday night, the Erie Philharmonic will perform at the Warner Theatre “Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with Christopher Rose, Percussion” for an 8pm show. Tickets and more information on that show can be found at http://www.eriephil.org.

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We wrap up the weekend Sunday night with the one and only Bill Cosby at the Warner Theatre. One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time will take the stage at 7pm. Get your tickets online at http://www.erieevents.com.

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