reUENWEG, Mo. – Home to 26 athletic fields and grounds spanning 27 acres overlooking Prosperity Avenue, the ETG complex, formerly the Four Seasons Sports Complex, is heavily geared towards sports.
However, the arena offers 22,000 square feet of indoor space, allowing ETG owners JC Burd, Lance and James Ledford and Chris Goodwin to begin serving a market that has little to do with it. traditional athletics.
Last month’s Tech N9ne concert opened the eyes of the four men to the possibility that ETG could become a premier venue for renowned musical concerts, allowing area residents to stay close to home and avoid to get to Kansas City or Tulsa, Oklahoma.
It’s something “that Joplin doesn’t have,” Goodwin said, referring to viable entertainment venues with plenty of seating. Over the years, “Joplin gets ignored and looked at many times because of how many seats we don’t have here.”
The Tech N9ne concert on June 19 – which drew a large crowd with people queuing hours before the 8:30 p.m. show started – “really opened the door for us,” Goodwin said. “I-44 is an entertainment route, and we’re only two miles from it. The idea is to get people here.
Rock band Saving Abel, rapper Haystak, and Springfield tribute band Members Only all performed at ETG this year. and following in Tech N9ne’s footsteps, rapper and songwriter Juicy J will perform at 7 p.m. on Friday, August 20. Tickets went on sale this week, and this particular gig is expected to meet the demographics of the early 20s, said Payton, ETG’s chief marketing officer. Layne.
Goodwin also confirmed that ETG landed the “very final date” for the Summerland 2021 tour – Friday, September 17th. The tour includes rock bands Everclear, Living Color and Hoobastank. Details and ticket information will be announced soon.
While bringing rappers and rock bands to Joplin will appeal to the 20’s and 30’s, ETG owners hope to bring “great country artists” to Joplin using the vast area outside; names that Goodwin dropped included country duo Maddie & Tae and the Eli Young Band.
They are also planning to host a multi-day bluegrass show at some point that could include a craft market and camping opportunities at the 160-acre Duenweg fairground.
“It’s not always a question of volume,” Goodwin said. “We can (offer) options for everyone. “
This is the key “because we live in a community where we have to be well balanced to survive,” he said. “You can’t just single out a group or a (genre). “
Along with musical entertainment, sports events will be organized, such as bull races, MMA and boxing fights.
Goodwin and Lance Ledford have said they hope to carry on the legacy of Memorial Hall, which from the 1980s to the early 1990s hosted concerts for Willie Nelson, Chicago, Robert Plant, Randy Travis, Sammy Hagar and the Charlie Daniels Band, as well as a performance by one of the world’s best-selling musical artists.
“We have to bring Garth Brooks back,” Ledford said with a chuckle.
To consult ETG’s sports offers or scheduled events, visit www.etgsports.com.
Kevin McClintock is editor-in-chief of The Joplin Globe.