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Review aimed at improving Missoula ballpark concerts

Posted at 3:10 PM, Aug 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-26 17:10:12-04

The recent Mumford and Sons show saw a huge turnout at Ogren Park in the Old Saw Mill District.

Officials are working to improve on an already successful production to make upcoming shows even better.

Logjam Presents first show at Ogren Park was a success in terms of filling up the venue and it was also a success for local businesses in the area.

"The private sector clearly benefits -- I think from hotel rooms to restaurants to bars to retailers. I think that the list goes on and folks see the benefit of having those crowds with money doing what there doing and spending money," Missoula Mayor John Engen said.

While you might think a concert would be a headache for the city to handle it was anything but a problem, according to Mayor Engen.

"I will tell you in my office did not receive a single complaint about noise traffic etc. Feedback I got from the folks at Logjam was that they had done a lot of neighborhood outreach work with the neighborhood," Engen told MTN News. "Saw a letter from the developer of the Old Saw Mill District Ed Weatherbee who said it was a great show. So I've gotten nothing but positive response."

Logjam Presents is working to ensure the next events they hold at the ballpark run as operate as well as this one.

"I just got done with a meeting with the Old Saw Mill District and met with that community to understand what would they like to see us do differently," Logjam Presents owner Nic Checotta said. "I'm meeting with the city and parks and rec on the 26th to kind of get their feed back."

"My whole staff has been instructed to each give us the top 10 things they would like to see us do differently so we take all that information and we will make our adjustments and continue to improve," he added.

The current contract that Log Jam Presents has with the city could provide up to eight shows at the ball park in the future.