Lazerfest moves from downtown to Clive
Lazerfest has made a lot of moves over the years. It's been held at Water Works Park, The Indianola Balloon Grounds and the Central Iowa Expo in Boone. Last year it moved from Boone to Wells Fargo Arena due to flooding and this year was announced as taking place May 8 and May 10 on the Court Avenue Bridge downtown with Halestorm and Five Finger Death Punch headlining.
But on Tuesday the festival announced it was moving to Seven Flags Event Center, 2100 N.W. 100th St. in Clive.
On the festival's Facebook page, a post said "We thought we had a fun concept for Lazerfest with multiple days and a new location. You told us something different and we're listening."
"Last year with the show downtown, we got good feedback and tried to build on that," Ryan Patrick of KAZR 103.3 FM, which puts on Lazerfest. "The feedback we've gotten on the phones, in person and online is that the bridge isn't Lazerfest. So what we're doing is moving to a proven venue, where people have seen our shows before and know the ins and outs."
The bridge was set up to hold about 4,500 people per day, while Seven Flags holds about 3,000 people. Patrick said all previously purchased tickets will be honored.
At its peak, Lazerfest drew more than 20,000 fans in 2010 and 2011 when the festival was held at the Indianola Balloon Grounds.