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2012 Indiana State Fair Concerts Will Not Be At Fairgrounds

The State Fair Commission says major concerts will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis.

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The stage that collapsed at the Indiana State Fair this year will not rebuilt.

Some of the 2012 Indiana State Fair’s concerts will not be at the Fairgrounds. The Fair Commission announced Thursday its major concerts will be held at Conseco Fieldhouse in downtown Indianapolis. Following the stage collapse at this year’s Fair, the temporary structure at the grandstand that had been used for major concerts will not be rebuilt.

Fair spokesman Andy Klotz says a long-term solution is in the works, but will not be ready for the 2012 event. All concert tickets will still include admission to the Fair and plans for a shuttle between the Fairgrounds and Conseco are being discussed.

Klotz says it is too early to speculate on the financial impact moving the concerts will have since none of the acts are even booked yet. But he points out that the Fair always budgets its major concerts on a break-even basis. Still, that does not take into account revenue from food and beverage sales that could be hurt if attendance drops as a result.

Brandon Smith

Brandon Smith has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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