Successful concert brings booming business to downtown Fort Wayne

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Florida Georgia Line and Nelly put on a successful show at Parkview Field Thursday night. Businesses in the heart of downtown got to reap the benefits of the concert.

Parkview Field officials said this concert was the largest show in the ballpark’s history. Around 13,500 fans showed up for the one night show. O’Reilly’s Irish Pub faces the park and it was receiving constant business throughout the evening until early Friday morning.

“From three o’clock in the afternoon until three o’clock in the morning, 12 straight hours of pure chaos,” said Delena Halferty, O’Reilly’s general manager. “There were people piling in and piling in.”

O’Reilly’s has only been open for a year. Halferty said this is the type of exposure the restaurant needs. Being downtown, Halferty expects more business throughout the year if more successful concerts come and play downtown.

“We did more sales in just yesterday than we have in a whole week before,” Halferty said.

She said some people left the concert and came over to O’Reilly’s for food and drinks and to have more room to enjoy the concert.

John Felts, with Visit Fort Wayne, said this type of concert helps put Fort Wayne on the map as a travel destination.

“We spread the word by sending out emails and e-newsletters on social media saying, ‘hey, you should come to Fort Wayne,'” Felts said. “Again, experience our restaurants and hotels.

He adds this is also a huge success for Parkview Field. It showcases the venue being more than just a ballpark and eventually bringing more acts and performances to the heart of downtown.

“Other concert promoters see the success of concerts at Parkview Field, even bigger acts will come,” said Felts.

Felts believes there will soon be concerts along the rivers. He said there has been vast interest with people wanting to be near the water with music. He didn’t give a specific time frame of when it will happen, but he said people should be on the lookout.

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