The Beat chatted with Joe Santry, director of communications and media relations for the Columbus Clippers, yesterday, about the Dave Matthews Band concert scheduled for June 22 at Huntington Park. Absent Polaris/Germain Amphitheater, and recalling that Cooper Stadium, the former home of the Clippers, sometimes held concerts (keep in mind we're not talking about a small-time, post- baseball game-type show here), we were interested in the position of the club/facility on use of this nature.
Santry said that alternate uses of the new stadium were always considered/planned-for, and that the organization has "many different ideas for when the team is on the road." He did not say that the club pursued this event specifically (it is promoted by Chicago-based Jam Productions), rather offering that the park has been and can be home to "lots of different events, and this is something we would like to do."
He added that having a "downtown outdoor venue for concerts" is a good thing. We agree.
Santry said the park will seat 16-18,000 for the DMB show, with 10,000 of those being seats on the field.