A year later, new Casper Events Center seats making an impact

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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) Casper Events Center leaders said the new seats have made a difference. Arena General Manager Brad Murphy said since the 3,520 lower bowl seats were replaced in 2018, attendance has increased four to five percent for annual major events, such as College National Finals Rodeo and high school tournaments.

Some of the new seats at the Casper Events Center in Casper, Wyo. on Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

“We’re seeing some uptick.” he said.

The City of Casper owns the Events Center. Casper City Council members voted to spend $575,000 on the new seats in 2018. The city also subsidizes the arena. Murphy said in Fiscal Year 2019, the arena saved $122,000 compared to the previous year.

“I think that is the telltale sign that the city is saving a lot more money because we’re able to increase the revenue through this building,” he said.

Murphy said increased ticket sales is also leading to bigger acts coming to the arena.

“We are on the routes. We are in the talks. We are part of that relationship to bring events into Casper and we’re starting to get those. And we’re going to have some big events coming up in the spring and we’re excited to announce those coming up and, yeah, starting to see some momentum build for the Casper market,” he said.

Murphy said more event announcements will be coming in the near future.