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Fairgrounds to oversee talent buying for new concert venue

Released: February 13, 2018

DEL MAR, Calif. (Feb. 13, 2018) ­– Talent buying for the new year-round concert venue planned for the Del Mar Fairgrounds will be managed by Fairgrounds staff, the Board of Directors decided at today’s monthly Board meeting of the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

The Fairgrounds issued a Request for Proposals in October 2017 seeking a talent buyer to schedule up to 60 performances per year for the new concert venue. The 1,869-seat venue is part of a $13 million renovation of the Fairgrounds’ Surfside Race Place off-track betting facility and is scheduled to open in the spring of 2019. Today, the Board voted to cancel the RFP, and instead bring the talent buying in-house.

The Fairgrounds initially received bids from The Belly Up, KAABOO and Music Box of San Diego, but ultimately the Board of Directors decided today that Fairgrounds staff – steeped with extensive experience in booking entertainment for the San Diego County Fair – are best suited for the job.

“This facility is going to be a great addition to the Fairgrounds and our community, and we’re looking forward to bringing excellent shows to our residents while working with concert promoters to help us in this endeavor,” said Tim Fennell, CEO of the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

About the Del Mar Fairgrounds

The 22nd District Agricultural Association is a State of California agency that owns and operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds, Surfside Race Place, Horsepark Equestrian Center and the Del Mar Golf Center. The 22nd DAA produces three events each year: the San Diego County Fair, the Del Mar National Horse Show and The Scream Zone. The Fairgrounds hosts more than 350 events annually, the largest of which is the live horse racing meet each summer and fall, which is operated by the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club for the 22nd DAA and the State of California. For more information about the 2018 San Diego County Fair, visit sdfair.com. For general Del Mar Fairgrounds information, visit delmarfairgrounds.com.

For more information, please contact:
Annie Pierce
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