In what was the first of many sellouts this season at the MSU-Riley Center, Trisha Yearwood helped the center kick off their second season. And while there were several big names that were on stage during the first year, officials say there will not be a let down when it comes to the quality of artists this year.
"We're still building on the excitement of the grand opening, so there really hasn't been too much of a lull for us," said Riley Center Executive Director Dennis Sankovich. "We're really coming into another, second year and pushing ahead."
For many of the shows, even late in the season, a good ticket is something that is beginning to be a little hard to come by.
Many of the tickets are being purchased by people in close proximity to Meridian, but sales to out-of-towners are increasing. And while they are grateful for the state and regional exposure, the attention the center is receiving nationally is what officials know is putting them on the entertainment map.
"These next several months, we're having people come from California, Florida, New York," Sankovich said. "We have patrons coming from all over the nation to Meridian to see performances here and that's exciting."
Riley Center officials say now is the time to buy tickets for shows that you would like to attend. Even if the show is still a couple of months away, tickets are going quickly.