MONCTON – The first full year of operation for the Avenir Centre in Moncton was a success, says general manager Nick DeLuco, despite some of the apprehension expressed about the move downtown.
“That was a big concern of people that bringing the teams downtown that the attendance would go down, but the Magic had a great year and won a title. The Wildcats also had a good year as well and they are on their way to do the same thing again this year. The two tenants were great and the attendance was great and hopefully, we’ll just keep building on that,” he said.
DeLuco says more positive exposure for the centre will mean even bigger and better acts will want to come to Moncton. Some of the bigger shows in 2019 included Bryan Adams, a sold-out Def Leppard show and Cirque de Soleil.
He says they continue to market the centre aggressively, which is good for the city as a whole.
“It’s a new building, it’s a newer market. It is getting the building out there and talking to agents and talking to promoters. It is growing Moncton again and showing them what we have. It is building towards something bigger and better every single year,” said DeLuco.
Tara Clow is the news director with 91.9 The Bend, a Huddle content partner.