Indiana State Fair won't hold concerts downtown in 2013; Big name acts to return in 2014

Spokesman: Downtown concerts 'big disappointment'

INDIANAPOLIS - The Indiana State Fair will not hold concerts downtown next year as they did during the fair’s run this year.

Fair spokesman Andy Klotz said Thursday that downtown concerts "were a big disappointment" and that there will be only free stage shows in 2013.


"They were good shows, great performers, and good crowds, but not great crowds," Klotz said.

The fair plans for big-name acts to return in 2014, when renovation of the Pepsi Coliseum is finished.

Logistics were a problem for the fair and concertgoers this year. The fair opted to move all of its concerts to Bankers Life Fieldhouse after the stage rigging collapse in 2011 that killed seven people and injured dozens more.

Klotz said post-fair research found that people didn't like having to leave the fairgrounds to see a concert, but they did enjoy the beefed up free stage.

The fair set up a shuttle for people to ride to concerts from the fairgrounds, but few people decided to do that. Most attendees chose to find their own parking downtown.

The fair said it turned a profit of a little more than $500,000 with this year’s event.

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