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Build it and they will come

January 15, 2008 - Heather Ziegler
If the notion of bringing back a Jamboree-style music program to downtown Wheeling --- via WesBanco Arena -- pans out, the visitors will come. Having worked part-time as a tour guide for Oglebay's Winter Festival of Lights for the past three years, I heard plenty of comments from bus visitors that they missed the shows at the Capital Music Hall. Bus line operators also noted that they would book more overnight trips to the Friendly City if there were more shows to attend. Many already take advantage of the shows at the Victoria Theater, but there needs to be more variety, more concerts from big band to country. Downtown Wheeling used to be a destination for the tour buses during the festival of lights, but not so much anymore. Not all the groups are interested in going to the track or The Highlands alone. They want some more entertainment alternatives for their money. And since most tours are senior citizens, the entertainment has to fit the customers. While we had our share of tour buses in the area this season, not every bus was filled to capacity. Not every bus spent more than a few hours in the area either. It's my sincere hope that the new Jamboree group makes a concerted effort to find the right choices to empty the buses into WesBanco Arena.


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