CMA Music Fest Draws Record Crowds
June 14, 2010 at 1:33 PM (PT)
The CMA (COUNTRY MUSIC ASSOCIATION) MUSIC FESTIVAL, held in NASHVILLE last week, from THURSDAY, JUNE 10th through SUNDAY night, JUNE 13th, was a major success, despite the floods that struck TENNESSEE in MAY, and the massive heat wave that sent the heat index to about 105-degrees this past weekend.
The CMA is reporting an all-time record this year. Fueled by big names and sold-out crowds every night at LP FIELD, the FESTIVAL experienced a 16.7% increase in attendance at LP FIELD, including four-day ticket packages, promotional and single-night tickets with an average nightly attendance topping 49,000.
The ‘free admission’ aspects of the FESTIVAL such as the RIVER STAGES and other public events experienced a 6.9% increase over 2009, when the area was opened to the public for the first time.
The CMA estimates daily attendance throughout the Festival in 2010 was 65,000 compared to 56,000 in 2009.
"This news is terrific for our community, our industry and the artists who gave freely of their time over the past week to make CMA MUSIC FESTIVAL the biggest and best event since it started as FAN FAIR in 1972," Chairman of the CMA Board of Directors STEVE MOORE. "After all we have been through, and all the hard work everyone contributed to getting the venues and businesses ready for our fans, this is a huge win for everyone who cares about Music City. This community needed a big win and we got it."
For a full recap of the SUNDAY’s (6/13) closing show, from KELLIE PICKLER’s red strapless dress to BLAKE SHELTON’s red solo-cup, click here.
For info on CMA MUSIC FEST, including next year’s event, visit www.CMAfest.com.