Glens Falls expects Phish to be smashing success
Posted at: 10/23/2013 5:45 PM
| Updated at: 10/23/2013 5:51 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
GLENS FALLS - When Phish returns to the Glens Falls Civic Center tonight, it'll be the first time since 1994.
With 7,500 people holding tickets to tonight's show, and possibly a few thousand more showing up to take part in the party, downtown Glens Falls will be hopping.
It's a chance for Glens Falls to show concert promoter Live Nation that it can put on a successful show.
"We want to also encourage our business people to take advantage of the marketing opportunities when you bring a critical mass of people to one area," said Mayor Jack Diamond. "We're putting our best foot forward. We want to build a relationship with Live Nation to bring other venues of this magnitude to the City of Glens Falls."
Unlike Saratoga Springs where police and the promoter typically tell those who don't have tickets to stay home, Glens Falls is encouraging people to come to town.
"You know, if they don't have a ticket, Glens Falls has a lot to offer other than the concert," said Glens Falls Police Chief Will Valenza.
The vendors who'll sell their wares on Oakland Ave., behind the Civic Center noticed that they were being welcomed here, which isn't always the case.
"People are kind around here. And they love us and they love what we do. Good music always seems to come around here, keeps us coming back every time," said a shirt vendor named Amy who preferred to not give her last name.
Businesses around Glens Falls are hanging the welcome sign for Phish fans.
Some were even offering music at lunch time on a Wednesday afternoon."So the whole town has a buzz," said David Britton, owner of Downtown City Tavern. "About not just the extra people going to the concert but those just going to be circulating, enjoying the show." said said sau sa sa sa sai s sa