Ascension Parish says its 'ready and able to host' Bayou Country Superfest

Ascension Parish says its 'ready and able to host' Bayou Country Superfest

ASCENSION PARISH, LA (WAFB) - After seven years of playing host, Tiger Stadium won't be home to Bayou Country Superfest (BCSF) next year, so Ascension Parish is ready to take on the challenge.

Officials announced that Lamar Dixon Expo Center is able to host the annual country music festival.

"Lamar Dixon provides the best opportunity to retain Bayou Country Superfest in the Capital Region," said Kyle Rogers, General Manager of the Lamar Dixon Expo Center. "We are ready to show promoters and fans alike our capacity and capability for festivals just like this one."

Baton Rouge could experience some financial woes if the festival decides to relocate outside of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Festival organizers announced last week that Tiger Stadium would be undergoing bathroom and concession stand renovations.

Superfest broke a record in 2014 when an estimated 135,000 people attended the three-day live concerts. In turn, Baton Rouge hotels and restaurants also profited. Paul Arrigo, the president of Visit Baton Rouge, said the city saw more than 300 percent in returns.

"There are things that are attractions and things that are attractors, and because Superfest was an attractor, it brought people into town," Arrigo said.

Arrigo said Baton Rouge businesses could see a dip in revenue next May if the festival is not relocated somewhere in the Capital City.

Arrigo said he and other tourism leaders are actively looking at other attractions that could make the financial blow a little softer.

"There are some smaller events going on in Baton Rouge that we are going to try to brand as part of Baton Rouge's 200th Anniversary next year," Arrigo said.

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