Updated: BREC schedule unveiled
Elmo and Super Grover high-fived each other as Bob LeBarron unveiled the schedule for the Bemidji Regional Event Center.
LeBarron, the executive director of the BREC, held a press conference Monday morning at Bemidji City Hall as he announced that Sesame Street Live will be coming to Bemidji in December.
"For the first time ever, we will have Sesame Street Live (in Bemidji) with 'Elmo's Healthy Heroes,'" LeBarron said.
"Elmo's Healthy Heroes" is one of three Sesame Street Live shows on tour in 2010-2011. It will be performed Dec. 28-29 in three shows at the BREC.
"Elmo's Healthy Heroes" stars Elmo as he works to restore Super Grover's super powers as they consider exercise, nutrition, sleep and hygiene.
"I'm really excited to have Sesame Street Live there (at the BREC)," LeBarron said. "It's one of the more fun shows to do."
But while Elmo and Super Grover - who momentarily lost his super helmet during the press conference - kept the focus on Sesame Street Live, LeBarron outlined several events planned for the BREC.
In the Oct. 15 grand opening of the BREC, Both Bemidji State University hockey teams - the anchor tenants of the facility - will take to their new home ice for the first time.
The women will face Frozen Four finalist Mercyhurst at 2:07 p.m. while the men will face University of North Dakota at 7:37 p.m.
LeBarron said both Beaver teams will have tough home schedules.
"There will be lots of exciting games, a lot of close games," he said.
Then, he looked to Rick Goeb, BSU's athletic director, who was observing in the audience. LeBarron asked him if he could guarantee a lot of "W's," or wins.
"I can promise excitement," Goeb said.
The first non-hockey event will be a concert by contemporary Christian singer Jeremy Camp at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 17.
Camp, the 2004 Gospel Music Association's Dove Award New Artist of the year winner, will be on "The Worship Tour," promoting his new album, "We Cry Out," which is set for release on Aug. 24.
"The building is going to be for a lot more than just hockey," LeBarron said.
He remarked that the BREC's first weekend will be eventful. The hockey teams play Friday and Saturday nights and the Camp performs Sunday.
Then, just a few days later, the conference center portion of the BREC will host the Bemidji Area Chamber of Commerce's 2010 Business Expo.
On Jan. 20, the BREC also will host the Taste of Northern Minnesota.
"We're excited to have the Chamber's events moving over," LeBarron said. "They're (the Chamber's) two marquee events."
LeBarron also confirmed "the worst-kept secret in Bemidji" as he formally announced that Larry the Cable Guy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at the BREC.
"I think Larry the Cable Guy is going to be huge up here," LeBarron said.
Other events to be held at the BREC include the Paul Bunyan International Hockey Tournament in December and January, a PCB (Professional Championship Bullriders) Tour event in January, a TNA Live Wrestling event in March and the Harlem Globetrotters in April.
Additionally, the girls and boys hockey teams from Bemidji High School each will have three games at the BREC.
"They've picked some of the bigger opponents to bring over here to the event center," LeBarron said. "I think it's going to be a benefit for Bemidji High School to have a home rink to host some of these big, big events."
The BREC, which is operated by VenuWorks, is a Ticketmaster venue, which means that tickets for events will be available through ticketmaster.com
However, tickets for events are not all yet available. Tickets for Camp go on sale 10 a.m. Sept. 4, for Larry the Cable Guy at 10 a.m. Sept. 17 and Sesame Street Live at 10 a.m. Nov. 15 (however, fans can go online to sesamestreetlive.com to get pre-sale offers and specials).
He also added that once the building is open, customers will be able to purchase tickets at the BREC and save the ticket surcharge fees.
Regarding Beaver tickets specifically, LeBarron assured ticket-holders that invoices will be arriving at the end of the month and tickets will arrive on time.
LeBarron also said people also have been booking weddings, receptions, business meetings and private parties.
"We are getting a busy schedule over there," he said.
LeBarron also noted that new events will be added as they are confirmed.
There will be a BREC job fair 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 21, in the center court at Paul Bunyan Mall.
LeBarron said a "host of part-time positions" will be available at the BREC. People are needed, for instance, to be ushers, ticket takers, bartenders, waitresses and waiters, cooks, housekeepers and custodial staff. But there are many other positions available as well.
"There's going to be a lot, a lot of part-time positions to fill," he said.