Less than two years after it first opened its doors, the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex at IUP has been ranked number four in the nation for university venues of its size by Venues Today Magazine. The rating in the 2012 University Top Stops for venues holding 2,001 to 5,000 is based on capacity, total gross sales, total attendance, and the number of shows the Kovalchick Complex hosted in 2012.
Global Spectrum General Manager Jim Grafstrom says it’s an achievement in which the entire community can share, and it reflects the quality of the shows the venue has attracted, particularly the focus on appealing to families.
Grafstrom says the Kovalchick Complex’s ability to reach beyond the immediate area reflects the quality of the shows offered here, and bodes well for the future. Global Spectrum's base of support is essentially a sixty mile radius from Indiana, but in examing the zip code reports from people attending shows at the KCAC, he has noticed that people are coming from a much wider area. He says he will not be the only one who notices that; booking agents will be more likely to consider the Kovalchick Complex for their performers, meaning higher-quality attractions.
In addition to being the home of the IUP Crimson Hawks basketball and volleyball teams, the Kovalchick Complex in the last year alone has hosted country superstars Eric Church and Dierks Bentley, plus a variety of shows including the Toughest Monster Trucks, Disney Live, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, TNA Wrestling, the rapper B.O.B, and two tremendous December events to punctuate the year, the B.E. Taylor Christmas Show and the Harlem Globetrotters.
Sam Phillips, IUP’s Assistant Vice President for Administration and Kovalchick Complex contract administrator, says the Venues Today ranking is exciting news and the university looks forward to working with Global Spectrum to maintain and exceed the Kovalchick Complex’s standing as a premier entertainment destination in western Pennsylvania.