IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (KIFI) – Nov. 28 marks one year since the Mountain America Center opened up its doors to the public for the first time.
Now, staff is reflecting on what they have learned and what they have been able to achieve since its opening. Erik Hudson, General Manager of the Mountain America Center, said, "Overall, the experience has been, you know, it's exceeded my expectations pretty largely. We've had a really good first year."
They are reporting 272,330 guests have came through their doors to attend events and conferences at the Hero Arena and Blue Cross of Idaho Conference Center since opening day with 275,236 tickets sold.
Their most successful events were:
- Old Dominion when they took the stage on Feb. 23, 2023
- TOOL who performed on Oct. 12, 2023
- Falling In Reverse, July 27, 2023
- Mannheim Steamroller, Dec. 13, 2022
- Lindsey Stirling, Dec. 17, 2022
All of these events were sold out and had the highest attendance.
Their first year success has nominated the Hero Arena at Mountain America Center in Pollstar's New Concert Venue of the Year.
"When you get nominated for an award like this by an industry leading magazine, Pollstar, it's a once in a lifetime opportunity," Hudson said.
They're up against Granary Live in Salt Lake City, Sphere in Las Vegas and more.
"All these facilities are world-renowned and to be named in the category with them is just a dream come true to our staff," Hudson said.
Of course, they're celebrating their anniversary with a new concert announcement. Country duo, Brothers Osborne, will take the stage in May 2024.
If you want to celebrate earlier, you can watch the Boise State Broncos basketball team face the Saint Mary's Gaels in the first NCAA Division 1 to come to the Hero Arena.
For tickets to either event, visit the Mountain America Center's website.