Sold-out events, new businesses revitalizing downtown Youngstown

Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown concert at Covelli Centre in Youngstown draws crowd downtown

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Almost 6,000 fans lined up outside the Covelli Centre hours before the Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin concert; a show that was sold out.

“It’s nice to see something going on down here,” said Larry Addicott of Boardman.

In the ten years the centre has called Youngstown home, there’s been more than 100 sold-out events, bringing in large crowds from all over.

“It brings people downtown, lets people know it’s not dead anymore down here,” Addicott said.

“I’m out here to see a good concert with a bunch of good people and have a good time,” said Curtis Mackall of East Palestine.

Some of the money spent on tickets, parking, food and drinks goes back into the local economy.

In the last four years, there’s been more than a dozen new restaurants and bars opening up downtown.

“It feels good because it lets you know this environment is out here, everybody’s ready to have a good time,” Mackall said.

The scene Saturday night is much different than it was years ago.

“I wouldn’t want to come downtown. There was nothing down here to come down to,” said Addicott.

With more sold-out events, restaurants and bars, people are seeing this growth as a sign Youngstown is coming back to life.P

“We’ve got a lot of good things here. People are coming around,” said Mackall. “The area is live again. Hopefully we can continue that and good things will come.”

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