City, Campgrounds Brace for Rock Concert
Campground operator Troy Boudreau is expecting well over 5,000 people to show up with tents, trailers and motorhomes next week as metro Moncton, New Brunswick, prepares to host AC/DC fans from across Canada and around the world on Thursday, according to the Moncton Times & Telegraph.
"We're going to have twice the number of campers we had for the Eagles and more than we had for the Stones," Boudreau said. "It's going to be phenomenal — 10 times the size of what we had for Bon Jovi.
"Right now, we're 89% sold out and have over 5,000 registered campers coming. We also have about 1,500 parking spaces that will be open for the day of the show."
Boudreau said people from every province in Canada as well as from the U.S. and even France have booked space in the campground.
There were also reservations taken from Canadian soldiers from the Maritime provinces who are coming home from Afghanistan for the show.
"The war is on hold for AC/DC," said Glendon Gorham, who has been taking reservations for the campground for $49.95 per person. The campground provides round-the-clock security and sanitary facilities for the campers, along with music. With thousands of people all in the same place, the campground becomes a small town of its own and a big party.
Other campgrounds in the area reported they are fully booked for the night before the AC/DC concert. In some cases, campers who booked space for the season and not Aug. 5 will have to move off the site to another location for one night.
Boudreau started "Concert Camping" as a summer business in 2005 when the Rolling Stones came to Moncton and has been building on it ever since. He uses a large site across Mountain Road from the entrance to Magnetic Hill, which provides campers with a short walk to and from the concert site.
A huge crowd is expected. Promoters won't say exactly how many tickets have been sold for the show but it could draw a crowd as large as the 80,000 that came for the Rolling Stones.
The outdoor concert is expected to generate around $10 million in spin-off benefits for the metro-Moncton economy, mainly to hotels, restaurants, taxis, gas stations, campgrounds, grocery stores and other retailers.
Fowler said tickets are still selling at a steady pace for the AC/DC show but wouldn't say how many have been sold. Because it is an outdoor show on a site that could accommodate up to 100,000 people, it is expected that many fans will wait until the day of the show and buy their tickets at the on-site box office. That's what happened at the Bon Jovi show last month, which had one of the largest walk-up sales ever and a total number of about 33,000 people.