I am in no way connected to Azalea Festival leadership, but have read and know that the following are some of the reasons that the concerts have been moved.
- Limited capacity
Trask is good for smaller events. Basketball capacity is 6,100 and concert capacity would be less. New venue can hold more people.
The coliseum does not have the best acoustics for concerts.
- Alcohol sales
Alcohol cannot be sold at Trask events, but can be sold at the new venue.
I'm sure that there are other factors and considerations of which I am not aware. With all of the new parking decks there may be more parking downtown. Also, many folks enjoy the atmosphere of an outdoor concert.
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