Clovis Civic Center and Curry County Events Center saw increased revenues over the past two years. This is good news to City Commissioner Bobby Sandoval, who said entertainment industries in Clovis and Portales are important cultural outlets for people from across the globe, who come to Cannon Air Force Base.
College and university entertainment venues did not fare as well. Eastern New Mexico University's fine arts department, which provides three venues of entertainment — art, theater and music, does not keep attendance records or declined to give them. Clovis Community College's Cultural Arts Series reported a slight decline in attendance last year.
All area entertainment venues are supported by gross receipts taxes and operate at a loss. Sandoval said their purpose is not to make a profit, but to improve quality of life and generate tourism revenues for city businesses. Events Center Manager Kevin Jolley cites an increase in Clovis gross receipts taxes — 2.6 percent in 2010 and 4.5 percent in 2011 — as evidence the industry is doing its job.
The Curry County Events Center
Recent attendance: The Oak Ridge Boys concert sold 1,500 of 3,500 available tickets.
Annual attendance 2009: 40,000 visitors
Annual attendance 2011: 111,000 visitors
Ticket sales 2009: $35,000
Ticket sales 2011: $75,000
Number of annual events 2011: 146
Number of annual events 2012: 160
Largest concert: 3,500 for Casey Donahew Band 2009
Clovis Civic Center
Recent attendance: The Carlos Mencia show sold 950 of 1,100 available tickets.
Sales revenues 2010: $575,000
Sales revenues 2011: $625,000
Annual attendance 2010: 40,220
Annual attendance 2011: 42,490
Number of annual events: 300.
Clovis Community College's Cultural Arts Series
Recent attendance: Rhythmic Circus sold 700 of 950 available tickets.
Annual attendance 2010: 8,778
Annual attendance 2011: 8,060
Season tickets holders 2011: 216
Season tickets holders 2012: 220
Number of annual events: 12
Largest event: 1,000 at Bless me, Ultima 2011
Eastern New Mexico University
Music and art: Events are free and open to the public. No attendance records are available.
Theater: Declined to give numbers