A special New Year’s Eve event at The Arena has been cancelled, and promoters are citing sluggish ticket sales as the main reason.
On Tuesday, Lisa Hopper, Officer Manager with THE ARENA at the David L. Williams Southeastern Kentucky Ag. And Expo Complex confirmed that the "Ultimate New Years Eve" event, set for Dec. 31, had been cancelled. Guests who obtained tickets for the event can get refunds at their original point of purchase.
The event was to feature Corbin native Tim Gore, an up-and-coming country music singer, and local band Cornbread Mafia as entertainment.
Mark Creech, President of Randmar Entertainment LLC., the local promotions company behind the event, said it just became financially problematic.
"We had tickets on sale for about a month and as of yesterday we had eight tickets sold," Creech said. "We might have had a big walk-up crowd but who knows … that was just a roll of the dice that we didn’t want to take."
Randmar was promoter for the recent "Legends of Rock" show at The Arena which featured musicians that looked and sounded like legendary rock performers. The group is also behind the upcoming American Freedoms Motorcycle Rally which will take place June 30 through July 4, 2010.
"It’s hard to really say what the problem is. I don’t know if it is the economy or what," Creech said. "Folks really need to try to support these shows and get some momentum back up and get some larger shows back in here. You have to establish some history with some smaller shows like this."
Creech said his company would not lose any money on the event.
"The Arena people have been super to work with," he said. "Our advertising money is about all we are out."