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Cross Insurance Center marks 1,000th event

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Cross Insurance Center marks 1,000th event (photo courtesy Cross Insurance Center)

BANGOR – Recently. Cross Insurance Center reached its 1,000th event since opening its doors in the fall of 2013. This milestone is just one of the exciting notable events the City of Bangor and Spectra, managers of Cross Insurance Center, expect in the coming year. The four-year-old venue should see having its one millionth patron during the spring and will celebrate its fifth anniversary in September of 2018.

The first event within Cross Insurance Center was the Grand Opening Gala on September 10, 2013. Since then, the building has placed itself as one of the top event destinations within the State of Maine and the New England region. Patrons have had the opportunity to attend a wide variety of events within both the arena and convention center. Legendary musicians including Bob Seger, Motley Crue, Ringo Starr and, most recently, Sir Elton John have taken the stage and captivated the crowd with their memorable performances.

Other unforgettable entertainment has included Cirque du Soleil and Professional Bull Riders. Many of the noted acts have only been able to make these first-time appearances in Bangor thanks to the opportunities created by the construction of the venue.

With a focus on local and statewide business, Cross Insurance Center has hosted a number of events designed to enhance community engagement. The Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce Dinner is held annually with attendance reaching over 1,200. The event is regarded as being one of the largest plated dinners served in the state each year.

In November, the building holds the City of Bangor-promoted Maine Harvest Festival. This two-day event gives Maine business owners the chance to promote and sell their products to over 7,000 people. Among many other quality events, some highlights include the Bangor YMCA Gala, Bangor Home Show, Bangor on Tap, and the Cross Insurance Center Gala.

In its relatively short lifetime, Cross Insurance Center has also played a central role to numerous political conventions, rallies and city, state and national elections.

In what was a busy political season in 2016, the Cross Insurance Center hosted the Maine State Republican GOP Convention in April 2016. President Donald Trump visited Bangor and held two presidential rallies at the venue during his campaign. On the other side of the ticket, Senator Bernie Sanders held a rally in support of then-presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. Finally, in October 2016 the Maine State Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Dinner was held in the Grand Ballroom.

Commenting on the 1,000th event, City of Bangor Mayor Benjamin Sprague said: “The Cross Insurance Center continues to bring high-quality events to Bangor with even more to come. The building has been a great economic development success story for the City of Bangor and the entire region." 

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 December 2017 14:12

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