GRAND FORKS — Staff at the Alerus Center are projecting the venue will make about $100,000 less next year.
The center’s total income is expected to drop from $245,000 in 2019 to $140,000 in 2020, according to preliminary budget documents presented this week to members of the city’s Event Center Commission.
That’s because staff expect to spend about $300,000 more on salaries, a few new jobs, sales and other expenses — a 7.2% increase over the budgeted 2019 figure that eats up a projected $185,000 increase in revenue from events, sponsorships and premium seat sales.
The projected income to the city in 2020 is a somewhat pessimistic approach to the center’s finances that doesn’t assume it will host a major act as it has in the past few years.
The center generated in more than $300,000 in 2018, largely because of three larger-scale concerts: Metallica, Thomas Rhett and Five Finger Death Punch plus Shinedown.
Center staff expect to host 425 events in 2020, most of which are banquets, weddings and meetings. They’re also planning for 22 conventions, 18 consumer shows, 18 community events, five regular season UND football games and a Harlem Globetrotters show.