In an announcement made early Thursday, April 8, events postponed from the 2020 schedule at the New Mexico State University’s Pan American Center have been rescheduled for this fall or the first quarter of 2022. Among those are Rage Against the Machine, originally scheduled for June 5, 2021, and now scheduled for April 2, 2022; Luke Combs with Ashley McBryde and Drew Parker, originally scheduled on October 27, 2020, which has been updated to October 15, 2021; Jersey Boys, which has been scheduled for November 3, 2021, and the family friendly JoJo Siwa tour which is still in the process of being rescheduled.
But even those dates may not be set in stone, according to Pan Am director Scott Breckner, who continues to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 situation and its impact on the entertainment industry. “We’re moving Luke Combs to October and Jersey Boys temporarily to November, but it looks like they may end up in the first quarter of 2022,” he said. “Luke Combs may potentially move again, but we’re not announcing that at this time. JoJo Siwa will move to the fall or the first quarter of 2022, but however it falls out, we’ll be able to hold on to those events and honor tickets originally purchased. A turquoise designation would allow us to increase capacity and we’d have a much better chance of having events indoors, rather than outdoors, so that’s sort of a key element that we’re waiting for.”
Despite the uncertainties of the current situation, Breckner relates that according to industry polls conducted by the major promotion agencies and ticketing companies, interest in live entertainment is increasing to the point that 2022 could be the busiest year on record.
“Though the hybrid experience has been kind of positive and good in many ways, with streaming movies and concerts,” Breckner said, “Everybody realizes there’s just nothing like interacting at a live concert, whether it’s a small theater like the Rio Grande Theater or a large venue like Pan Am, or a football stadium. I think that’s really good news for everybody.”
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