City needs extra cash to lure big name concerts

The city will need more cash than it has on hand if it wants to get musical concerts at Bowman Field.

City Recreation Director Justin Simpson told the city Finance Committee Tuesday the administration was pursuing additional uses and has new rental agreements in place for the stadium’s use other than baseball.

“We’re trying to get some concerts there,” Simpson said.

Councilwoman Liz Miele questioned Simpson on his and the administration’s efforts to recruit such groups and market the facility for events.

“How’s that going so far?” she asked about the concert promotion.

“We need funding for that,” Simpson said, without specifying how much funding.

Earlier this month Mayor Gabriel J. Campana told the Sun-Gazette he was working closely with a promoter who books country music group, Rascal Flatts.

There was no action at Tuesday’s committee meeting on the mayor’s idea for country concerts.

As for routine rentals, the committee gave its endorsement for City Council to approve the venue’s use by the following groups – the Williamsport Area Band Association, Williamsport Area School District, Hughesville High School, Williamsport Crosscutters for annual yard sale and the PIAA state baseball tournament.

Simpson was asked by Councilman Jonathan Williamson if there are any changes in rental agreements at the stadium.

Simpson said the rental charge of $200 per game is assessed and $100 for any additional games. Cost to use the concession stand is $40, and other costs include $25 for the sound system, $25 for the scoreboard and $90 should lights be necessary, he said.

The organizations agreeing to these terms pay up front, Simpson said, with exception of the light bill, which is calculated afterward.