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Chris Stapleton plays at The Pub Station

Country singer Chris Stapleton performs in May 2015 at The Pub Station in Billings. 


Rimrock Auto Arena is now the 85th largest venue in the nation in terms of concert tickets sold, which puts the arena nearly in the top quarter of the country's busiest concert venues.

MetraPark’s Bill Dutcher and Ray Massie delivered the news to Yellowstone County Commissioners on Friday. 

“Nothing beats seeing a show live,” Massie said. " ... As we say, ‘Do it live and do it better.’”

“We are busy, and so it’s my favorite time of year,” Dutcher said, listing the events planned for the coming weeks, including basketball and wrestling tournaments, RV and agricultural equipment expos, a home improvement show, monster trucks, a Scout Jamboree, a jobs jamboree, performances, a chamber breakfast, a gun show, and a dinosaur show.

Fans attending last weekend’s All-Class State Wrestling Tournament scarfed down more than $107,000 worth of food, the largest amount of food receipts in tournament history, Dutcher said.

“Precious few” tickets remain for country artist Chris Stapleton’s Aug. 2 performance, Massie said, adding that 8,100 tickets had been sold as of Friday morning.

At a recent Los Angeles conference, MetraPark officials met with about 15 agents who said they were interested in bringing their acts to the arena. Massie called the agents “the first line to set up what happens in your facility.”

“We feel good about all our activity,” Dutcher told the board. “All week (in Los Angeles), people had the same question for us: How’d you get Foo Fighters to come to Billings?”


City Government Reporter

City reporter for The Billings Gazette.