Nelly proves boost to local business
With that many people visiting Jackson for the concert, local business, especially restaurants, saw a huge uptick in foot traffic.
“we had a full house from about two, two thirty to four. Very exciting" says Eugene Pickett, owner, of Reggie's BBQ.
For Eugene Pickett, having the concert at the ball park represents boon for the area now and into the future.
“it’s a huge impact for this area, and I think that the more events we have like this in the area its just all the better. We’re just excited for it.”
The concert also served as a huge learning experience for the generals staff, especially when it comes to handling large crowds.
"For our standpoint, we didn’t know what seven and eight thousand people looked like. So I think next time what we can guarantee fans is that we’re going to have more entrances and a quicker line out front” says Nick Hall, General Manager of the Jackson Generals.
Hall says that the ballpark was a top three ticket seller for Nelly's concert tour as well as country star Jake Owen's upcoming tour. With how well the event went, that only bodes well for future concerts in Jackson.
“I think its going to be a hot spot, I think we’re going to see more and more concerts, especially with how much Jackson got behind us on this one, this can start being an annual trend where we can have two, three, four concerts a year.”