TEMPE, Ariz., (Oct. 26, 2016) The Downtown Tempe Authority recognized ASU Gammage with the 2016 Economic Impact Award for its contributions to Downtown Tempe by boosting sales for local businesses, restaurants, hotels and retailers.
The Downtown Tempe Authority, a nonprofit organization seeking to increase the value of the Mill Avenue District, presented the award at the annual State of Downtown event, which showcased and celebrated success in the community.
“ASU Gammage is a heavy-hitting contributor to Downtown Tempe’s economic success,” says Kate Borders, President of the Downtown Tempe Authority. “Tempe and the entire Valley benefit with ASU Gammage creating economic impact and drawing people from around the world to ASU.”
The ASU Gammage 2015-2016 Desert Schools Broadway Across America/ Arizona season resulted in an estimated $100 million of economic impact for the Valley of the Sun during its fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016.
The magic of Broadway and the arts not only enrich the community culturally but also play a critical role in the economic vitality of the region. Every year, more than 400,000 people flock to Tempe’s Frank Lloyd Wright designed ASU Gammage to see Broadway. The majority of theater-goers are Valley residents but also includes ticket buyers in every county in Arizona, as well as out-of-state and patrons coming up from Mexico to see Broadway at ASU Gammage.
Based on research by The Broadway League, since 2006 ASU Gammage has created more than $550 million of economic impact for Arizona.
ASU Gammage now has a record number of season subscribers with full seven-show Broadway subscriptions already surpassing the all-time high. ASU Gammage now has more than 15,000 season subscribers thanks to the current “BEAUTIFUL” 2016-2017 Broadway season.
The 2016-2017 Desert Schools Broadway Across America – Arizona season which includes a mix of favorites including CABARET and THE SOUND OF MUSIC and also features amazing new Tony Award®-winning musicals and plays with MATILDA, FINDING NEVERLAND, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS and THE CURIOUS INCIDENT OF THE DOG IN THE NIGHT-TIME and is headlined by BEAUTIFUL – THE CAROLE KING MUSICAL that tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom.