How the Pandemic Has Impacted Local Entertainment
The COVID pandemic has severely affected local event promoters and entertainment venues throughout the globe and it’s no different in Peoria, Illinois. With most large gatherings cancelled or taken online as live stream events for over a year, many have struggled to continue to stay afloat.
For Peoria area sports teams, it’s been a difficult 12 months, but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel. With their seasons either totally cancelled or converted to live streaming of games only, their revenue almost entirely dried up overnight. 2021 definitely looks brighter as more and more people are vaccinated, despite the growing level of infection recently appearing in the area.
Although the Peoria Chiefs will have a season this year, the seating capacity will be only 25% of the stadium’s capacity. They are also handling concessions differently with online ordering and delivery to customers’ seats.
The Peoria Rivermen are looking forward to their 2021-2020 season, their goal is to cover their expenses. With a new Danville, Illinois team in the Rivermen’s league, travel expenses should be reduced in 2021.
By the end of this year, Peoria area event promoters hope that events will start taking place again, allowing them to get back to business as usual. And event attendees will most likely be happy to get back to watching their local teams.