By Karen Daniels
One year from now the Stafford Centre will celebrate 10 years of operation and are already making big plans to commemorate this achievement. As of March 2014, 3 million visitors will have passed through the doors for a concert, play, recital, conference, wedding or charitable event.
The success of the Stafford Centre has been immense, though many people thought it wouldn’t happen. When asked what contributed to the success, Bryan Blaum, President of FMsquared, the facility management and marketing company in charge of daily operations says, “The City of Stafford had great vision, planning and courage. They did their homework to build something that many thought wouldn’t succeed.”
Last week, Merle Haggard performed to a sold out crowd and attendees at the Fort Bend County Women’s Center Boogie Ball as they enjoyed an impressive affair. In the next month, vocalist David Phelps on March 28 and the Oyster Creek Rotary Crawfish Festival on April 13 are expecting the same results. On April 17, for the first time to the Stafford Centre, rockstar Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo will perform to most likely another sold out event.
An interesting fact about Pat Benatar, her 1981 hit song “You Better Run” was the first female artist and second music video ever to be played on a new station called MTV. (The first video played was “Video Killed the Radio Star.”) She and husband Neil Giraldo, the lead guitarist, have been married since 1982.
The Stafford Center is in constant use, appealing to many different audiences, providing a convenient location, bringing up another reason for their success: location. Eighty-percent of the patrons come from east of Stafford. Bellaire, West University, and Southwest Houston, providing an economical impact to the area. Keep in touch for updates about the Ten Year Anniversary. It’s sure to be unforgettable.