Thursday, June 07, 2001

Oh boy, does Hamilton County love it when 'NSync comes to town

By Dan Klepal
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Hamilton County has a crush on a boy band.

        For the second straight year, the county is expecting boatloads of cash from the 'NSync concert that begins 7:30 p.m. Friday at Cinergy Field.

        The county gets 12.5 percent of the gate — but no less than $45,000 and no more than $70,000 — plus 25 cents per ticket and a split of concession sales with the Reds.

        Then there is a cleanup fee, which amounts to 37 cents from each screaming fan.

        Boy bands are big business, County Administrator Dave Krings said. Last year, the event brought in a cool $125,000 to county coffers.

        More than 40,000 fans packed Cinergy Field at last year's concert.

        Fewer than 5,000 seats remain on sale — ranging from $29.50 to $65.50.

        There are several parking options for concertgoers:

        • Metro buses will run normal schedules and the Southbank Shuttle in Northern Kentucky has drop-off locations near the stadium.

        • Downtown lots north of Third Street will be open, with new pedestrian-access stairs connecting to Cinergy Field from Second and Walnut streets.

        • The Cinergy Field Garage, riverfront surface lots and the East Garage will be open.


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