My wife Becky and I went to the YUM! Center last Friday night to see a concert. And I was reminded as I sat with 22,000 other people, that there were a significant number of people who thought a new arena was unnecessary – that it shouldn't be built. Or if it was to be built, it should be someplace other than on the riverfront.
But because we have this arena, we have been able to attract the biggest names in music. Big, legendary acts like George Strait and Reba McIntire, The Eagles, and Elton John. Some of the biggest names in contemporary music have either been here or are on their way such as Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. So we're getting the chance to see acts that simply used to skip Louisville altogether before the YUM! Center.
Downtown is bustling. Thousands of people go into the restaurants and pubs before and after these concerts and basketball games. When everything was out at Freedom Hall, people tended to go to the event and go home. Now the whole economic has changed.
At least that's my point of view. But I have a question for you: If you were one of those people who thought a new arena was a bad idea, call us and tell us what you think now. Have you changed your mind, or not? I would love to hear what you think almost 7 months after it has opened.