More Concerts May Be Coming - KULR-8 Television, Billings, MT

More Concerts May Be Coming

Posted: Updated:
BILLINGS -

MetraPark was traditionally for rent only, but now, Yellowstone County Commissioners look to co-promote concerts in the future on a case-by-case basis with show promoters to bring in more shows.

MetraPark is a county-owned facility, a fixture in our community. It hosts trade shows, the fair, and concerts. But some say we haven't seen many major concerts because show promoters couldn't negotiate because of a policy.

"They're no longer happy with just renting a facility, but rather they want to share the profit a little bit," said Shelli Mann, Boothill Inn general manager. "And unfortunately the staff at the Metra, because of policy that has been set that they have to follow, they cannot negotiate with these concert promoters."

County commissioners say to expect changes in the future though.

"Traditionally MetraPark has been a rental business and we're looking in the future at doing some co-promotes, but you have to be careful with the taxpayer money because we don't want to put a lot of risk out there for the taxpayers," said John Ostlund, Yellowstone County Commissioner.

Co-promoting means sharing in the profit and the risks.

"So now we're going to take a look, going forward, at some co-promotes, but they'll be looked at on an individual basis, one at a time, evaluate the risk, potential gain for the taxpayer and the benefit for the community," Ostlund said.

Mann says hotels around town depend on those special events, especially during the winter.

"Obviously it's had a lot of effect on my business," she said. "If there's something going on at the Metra, I'm going to be busy. But, without those concerts, without those special events, I don't sell the rooms"

Ostlund says as they move forward, they will work with businesses and organizations to help the county benefit from more acts.

  • LocalMore>>

  • Bernie's Diner Believes Tasting is Believing

    Bernie's Diner Believes Tasting is Believing

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:19 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:19:05 GMT

    Employees from Bernie's Diner hit the streets of downtown Billings in full force today.

    Employees from Bernie's Diner hit the streets of downtown Billings in full force today.

  • Federal Health Marketplace Subsidies Rulings - What it Means

    Federal Health Marketplace Subsidies Rulings - What it Means

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:15:34 GMT
    Two federal circuit courts of appeals come to contradictory rulings on premium subsidies for Obamacare, for those who got health insurance through states using the federal health insurance marketplace.
    Two federal circuit courts of appeals come to contradictory rulings on premium subsidies for Obamacare, for those who got health insurance through states using the federal health insurance marketplace.
  • County Attorneys Prepare for Griego Sentencing

    County Attorneys Prepare for Griego Sentencing

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:14 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:14:01 GMT
    The Yellowstone County Attorney's Office is preparing for the sentencing of the Billings serial rapist, Toby Eugene Griego
    The Yellowstone County Attorney's Office is preparing for the sentencing of the Billings serial rapist, Toby Eugene Griego