By: Diane Benjamin
The Coliseum didn’t come close to making the projected profit before it was built. Now it is being recreated as a community asset.
At more than one City Council meeting it has been announced that around 1000 people attend the indoor Farmers Markets held at the Coliseum. Note: Nobody ever claims these 1000 attendees then go spend money downtown.
VenuWorks doesn’t issue any event reports for Farmers Markets. 1000 people through the doors is far more than show up for a hockey game, why aren’t these events?
Is VenuWorks getting revenue from the vendors? From parking? Is the City contributing since during the summer they close City streets? Does VenuWorks have employee expenses? I know people have to pass through security to get in.
I heard from a reliable source that attendees are counted in the VenuWorks annual report of “people through the doors”. Why is that when the Farmers Market aren’t reported as an event? Without an event report why are non-paying bodies counted as attendees?
I’m looking for some transparency. Somebody is footing the bills, I’d like to know if it’s taxpayers. They already pay enough for the building that “would never cost them a cent”.
There are no pictures of past Farmers Markets on the VenuWorks website or Facebook page. I wonder why?