The convention center couldn’t hold the concerts for the Azalea Festival, organizer Gloria Ezzezll said.
“It just wasn’t big enough,” she explained.
The concerts were instead held in the Trask Coliseum, home to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Seahawks basketball team.
The 5,500-seat arena has dedicated seating and ample parking for large events like a concert, said Ezzell. The convention center just wasn’t the right venue, she explained. The convention center can seat about 2,500 and bleachers would have to be set up, said Azalea Festival President Charles Kays
But the convention center was perfect when it came to hosting the annual party that celebrates the festival’s sponsors.
“We did have the Patrons Party there and it was fabulous,” Ezzell said.
Date posted: May 14, 2012
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