BOSSIER CITY, La. (KTAL / KMSS) – With vaccination rates rising and fewer COVID-19 cases, major events are returning to Ark-La-Tex. After 16 months, the Brookshire Grocery Arena opens its doors to the public.
“This will be our first concert after the shutdown and we’re just so excited,” said Rebecca Bonnevier, general manager of Brookshire Grocery Arena.
With this year’s notable headliners and shows postponed, thousands of outside visitors are arriving.
“That means money in the restaurants, they’ll have to buy gasoline, they’ll stay in hotels and of course they’ll buy their concert tickets,” said Lisa Johnson, President and CEO of Bossier Chamber of Commerce.
“Plus, it’s just so exciting to see people get back together to hang out and be normal.”
“In the past few years we’ve had some of the biggest names of all time. And just so excited to bring so many more. We have a lot of things planned that we can’t quite say yet, but they will come soon, ”said Bonnevier.
The return of entertainment brings a sense of normalcy after a devastating time for business.
“One of the hardest hit industries was the hospitality and events industries. And now that it all opens up again, we see our festivals come back, our concerts come back. It’s a very exciting time, ”said Johnson.
“The most important thing for us every day was doing everything we can to get our family back – our working family and as soon as possible to have experiences that are finally coming – where people can go away and forget about the last year and a half, so to speak,” said Bonnevier.
“There is no other way to say it, we are so blessed to have this building. We are ready to go and take care of people while they see these great acts. “
The city organizers are ready to welcome the guests with open arms.
“We are from the south, we are known for our hospitality and the hospitality of everyone,” said Johnson. “And we look forward to all of these foreign visitors who return to our concerts and festivals.”
You can find a complete schedule of concerts and events at Visit the Brookshire Grocery Arena website.