Cirque du Soleil boosts Stockton Arena

9:01 PM, Oct 16, 2012   |    comments
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STOCKTON, CA - The Stockton arena that often sits empty will be far from empty over the next several days.

Cirque du Soleil is staging seven performances through Sunday, offering the show "Dralion", which features an Asian influence of acrobatics, gymnastics and music.

The entertainment brings much needed business to the facility,  which is owned by the City of Stockton, but has performed poorly. 

As recently as 2009, the arena lost a reported $2 million, but new management company SMG of Philadelphia, promises better results.

"There's still work to be done; mending relationships and working with promoters and agents, in showcasing Stockton," arena general manager Mike Cera said.

Because about half of the seats at the arena are unavailable for Cirque du Soleil shows because the staging takes up so much space, two of the upcoming shows are close to selling out.

There are single shows Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; then two shows on both Saturday and Sunday.

By Tim Daly,


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