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UNI-Dome hoping to attract more concerts after sold-out show


It may wind up as the concert of the year in the Cedar Valley, and it's only February.

More than 21,000 people filled the UNI-Dome Saturday night to see country music stars Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan, and Lauren Alaina.

UNI's assistant athletic director for facilities and operations Andre Sealdo says it's the biggest concert to hit the dome in more than 10 years with 21,115 people buying tickets.

That's the most allowed by the fire code and many did not leave disappointed.

The crowd seemed to love all three of the performances inside the dome throughout the night, but two days after the concert, some in the crowd are still talking about what it was like away from the stage.

Concertgoers say the concourses were packed and lines were long - especially outside the women's bathrooms.

School officials acknowledge that.

They say opened the south concourse as soon as they could and are evaluating concert operations, but they say the performers were helpful, too.

The tour allowed the building to open 30 minutes earlier than normal, and performers waited to go on until congestion in the concourses eased.

As for on-stage, they say it all went smoothly and concertgoers seemed to agree.

School officials say, right now, no other concerts are scheduled for the dome.

But they hope the size of Saturday night's crowd shows promoters and other acts the dome would be a good place to make a tour stop.

As for the lines at the bathrooms, they're aware of the issue and are working to address it.

The biggest concert to ever be held in the UNI-Dome?

Fleetwood Mac in 1979 - shortly after the dome opened.

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