Hartford’s big music weekend came and went, and the city is still standing. We all knew it would be.
Here are some fun facts about the three big XL Center shows — Pearl Jam, Drake and Phish on Friday, Saturday and Sunday respectively — according to a press release from their management:
Attendance: more than 35,000 patrons were in and out of the venue in three days.
Consumption: said patrons bought 50,000 “units” of beer and 10,295 hot dogs.
Trucks, etc.: 36 semi-tractor trailers and 28 busses transported the artists, crew and equipment. Rigging for lights and sound weighed in at around 345,000 lbs.
Carbon dioxide: 900 lbs. of CO2 were used during the production of the shows. (It’s not clear how.)
Trees, etc.: more than 10 lbs. of ticket stock were used to print all of the tickets.
Bonus: Friday night’s Pearl Jam concert reportedly snagged the highest grossing per capita in building’s history.
Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder: “This is quite a reception. We’re gonna have to work real hard tonight to give what you just gave us. These are like some of the best waves (crowd reaction) we rode all tour. From top to bottom, you made tonight an incredible night.”
Phish’s Page McConnell: “Thank you guys so much. We had a great time tonight. Thank you so much. We really appreciate you all coming out tonight. We love this room and we love playing here and we hope to come back here real soon.”
Phish’s Trey Anastasio: “I saw a lot of concerts here when I was in high school. I used to come to the Hartford Civic Center a lot. This is a very special place for me.”
NBC’s Al Roker who attended the Drake concert: “The very nice folks at the XL Center took good care of me. They were lovely. A nice security guard gave me some ear plugs to better enjoy the show.”