p.s. I remember seeing Jethro Tull, Chicago and others at Tech Coliseum.
Ding ding ding you are the winner. The big acts would play in Cassell but most don't want to play in Burress. It's really limited the options and they need to go to concerts in Cassell because they are losing money. Instead they just get crappy rap groups or no bodies for Burress right now. I'm jealous of you guys btw getting to see those big names.
Couple things evolved in the music business -
Bands went to heavier roof hung sound snd lighting platforms - IIRC, Cassell's roof cannot support those platforms, and that has been a problem since the 80s.
I also believe that Cassell's infrastructure is difficult for TV to work with, in terms of running cables out to the trucks. This may also cause a problem for all the video & canned sound inputs required by many modern shows.
With the transition from music as hardware (records/tapes/CDs) to software makes touring more important for generating income. IMO, if VT has venues where a band can draw 6-8K for a concert, then there will be band who will want to play there.
BTW, as an 80's person, the best concerts were always at William and Mary Hall. Always thought the classic rock you noted were lame, but everyone has their sweet spot for what they like. I casn appreciate that teenagers like rap for no better reason than to piss off a geezer like me.
BCS level college football is a resource war, not a morality play.
Another point I should have made earlier is that we're not going to many (if any) events in the 10K+ range to nuCassell. JPJ is only 2.5 hours away and is an excellent facility, centrally located in the middle of the state. If tours are making a stop in VA, I find it hard to imagine we're going to be beating out JPJ for business.
We should make sure that our new place does have the amenities required for concerts in 5-10K range though. We might not be able to take business away from JPJ but there's no reason we can't get acts that show up at the Roanoke Civic Center to come to Blacksburg instead.