The fourth annual KTIS 98.5 FM’s Joyful Noise Family Fest benefited from logistical and facility improvements at the National Sports Center (NSC).
Estimated attendance at the single-day outdoor Christian music festival in Blaine approached 16,000, said Dan Wynia, director of concerts and major events.
Northwestern College in St. Paul operates KTIS.
The radio station, one of 14 Christian media outlets in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin, is owned by Northwestern Media.
“We added more inflatables this year, a tiny tots game area and additional video viewing screens,” Wynia said.
Last weekend’s Joyful Noise Family Fest was the first event to use the NSC Sport Expo Center, said Barclay Kruse, NSC chief communications officer.
The new building is next to the 15,500 square-foot Schwan Center, Kruse said. The center is approximately one-third the size of the existing NSC Sports Hall.
Wynia said Joyful Noise concert organizers were able to put artist merchandise and T-shirt sales in the new expo building, instead of main field’s north end.
“This freed up more room on the field for the larger crowd, which we were anticipating based on how well pre-sales [of tickets] were going,” he said.
In addition, the NSC removed bleachers from the north end of the field, which also provided room for a larger crowd, and extra space for food vendors.
“The NSC staff, as usual, was great to work with,” Wynia said. “The NSC Sport Expo Center was a great addition to the festival. The artists loved the location.”
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