Beat goes on at Verizon

June 14, 2007
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Will the owners of Verizon Wireless Music Center find a buyer? So far, the answer is no. Verizon Wireless (AP photo)Several brokers say the unofficial asking price of more than $40 million is outrageous. They say there are too many barriers to redevelopment of the 203-acre property and too much cheaper land nearby. For now, the venue's management is assuming this summer won't be the last for concerts at the former Deer Creek. You may have already read the story in the print IBJ. If not, check it out here. Either way, what do you think about the venue and what, if anything, should replace it?
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  • Nothing should replace it - it's a good venue. What would go there? More vinyl-sided homes contributing to sprawl that will be worth way less than their selling price when gas hits $4 - $5 per gallon? No thanks.
  • Sure. that's what HamCo is all about, crappy houses in vinyl. WRSP Lawn is much better. I see alot more stuff going on there that I want to see, instead of that Margaritaville/Johnny Cougar retread crap that happens every summer up there. My opinion, but my money talks too.

    Oh, yeah, don't miss Iron Maiden up there. :lol:
  • Da Hooey -- I don't know that you can blame the low quality of shows at Verizon Wireless on the venue. It's part of the Live Nation network of venues and typically gets the best of what's available. What's available just happens to suck.

    Personally, I think Verizon is a great place to see a show. However, I don't see anything about it that makes it irreplaceable. It's built on a cornfield with an artificial hill. You could do the exact same thing near Plainfield on the westside or out past Cumberland on the east side. Or anywhere outside 465, for that matter.

    I think people who don't want to see it torn down are just having a hard time detaching their wonderful concert experiences from what is basically a generic outdoor amphitheater.

    The Lawn, while a much smaller venue, has the great backdrop of the river on one side and downtown on the other. That kind of setting isn't reproducible in Indy. What the smaller setting also allows them to do is bring in more fresh, up-and-coming acts that don't have a huge following yet. It just makes more a much more interesting concert experience.
  • CorrND, I agree. I just hate the location (both internal and external) of Deer Creek.

    One thought I have about concert offerings around here, and especially during the summer: Take a look at www.pollstar.com and you will see all the truly great tours are in Yurp right now, because they make a lot of cash playing the summer outdoor festivals over there. It's unbelievable the line-ups offered.

    And if you are looking for a great show - try the Snow Patrol show @ WRSP on Augsut 3rd. Saw them in Chicago last fall - amazing.

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