The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum welcomed 64,551 guests to the Comcast Arena at Everett over 11 days, with 17 graduations and a sold out OneRepublic concert.
From June 6 through 16, Comcast Arena hosted a record 17 high school and college gradations that included schools from Mukilteo, Monroe, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Edmonds, Everett, Shoreline and Northshore school districts. Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a new addition to the graduation line-up, celebrated their first Comcast Arena graduation on June 11.
On June 12, Comcast Arena’s operations crew transformed the ‘convocation hall’ to host the sold out OneRepublic Native Summer Tour with The Script and special guests, American Authors. The show drew more than 7,500 fans from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.
“It is an honor to host these graduates and their families here at Comcast Arena each year,” said Global Spectrum’s, Rick Comeau, General Manager of the Comcast Arena at Everett. “The economic impact of these community events to downtown is significant and there was vibrancy felt throughout downtown Everett.”
With out of town families attending graduations and more than 60% of attendees to OneRepublic traveling more than 20 miles to the concert, many experienced downtown Everett for the first time. “El Paraiso has served the local community for 14 years, but during graduation time, we are pleased to share our hospitality with so many first-time guests,” said Martin Guerrero, General Manager of El Pariaso in Everett.
The graduations and concert also provided 5,000 hours for part-time operations, guest services, box office, concessions and catering staff.