Thousands of Phish fans traveled to the North Country to watch Phish perform at the Glens Falls Civic Center. As YNN's Erin Moran reports, the concert holds importance to the city's economy.
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- More than 7,000 people packed the Civic Center to watch Phish jam on the stage for the first time in more than ten years.
Although security and crowd control were tight, there was a lot riding on the sucess of Wednesday's concert. The city of Glens Falls welcomed the Phish fans with open arms.
"They're really surprised, the way we rolled it out to them. And you know, we want everybody to have a fun experience here," said Glens Falls Mayor Jack Diamond.
"It's mind blowing, definitely. We don't usually have such a warm welcome and we're very grateful for it," said one Phish fan.
The concert has been long-awaited by the business district in downtown Glens Falls.
"We love it. I mean, I grew up in college and things going to Phish shows and going to small towns, and going to the shops and things myself, so it definitely has an impact," said Matt Full, Fountain Square Outfitters. "We couldn't be happier for the show, to see them come back some more."
Drawing people back to the city is part of everyone's plan. Officials with the city and the Civic Center have been working to iron out every detail for Wednesday's concert in hopes of continued success in the future.
"We just want to show everybody that we can have these types of events, the community gets behind it, it brings people downtown," said Jeremy Huesling, Civic Center General Manager.
Diamond added, "This is important. This is the message that we're trying to send, that we need large venues that the city can benefit from, not only from a revenue standpoint but for business people. And it's very critical that we put on an event that's a success story like this Because I think that will open the doors for other large venues that we can attract here for the survival of the building. "
Mayor Diamond said the success of the event will be evident when the city returns to normal on Thursday morning without any issue.