The Bismarck Event Center was originally known as the Bismarck Civic Center.

The concert venue officially switched to the Bismarck Event Center back in 2014.  The Bismarck Event Center holds just over 10,000 people for larger concerts and is a multi-purpose facility for trade shows, conventions, and more.

Did you know the land purchased for the Bismarck Event Center came from the Wachter family of Bismarck?  That's according to Wikipedia.  They even donated the land for the adjacent parking lots.

The Bismarck Event Center has had several area sports teams call it home over the years.

Including the Bismarck Bobcats NAHL Junior hockey team for a short while, The Dakota Wizards of the Continental Basketball Association, (NBA Development League), and the Bismarck Bucks in the CIF Indoor Football League.

I recently sat down with Amanda Yellow, Sales, and Marketing Manager for the Bismarck Event Center to discuss concerts.

I wanted to know what were the 15 biggest concert draws ever for the Bismarck Civic or Bismarck Event Center.

Like most venues, the former Bismarck Civic Center did not have electronic attendance records before 2005.  A calendar system was used for attendance.  Because of this Mrs. Yellow compared notes and records with the Bismarck Events Center Officer Supervisor and here are the top 15 concerts of all time for Bismarck.

These shows are in no particular order (How many of these shows did you attend?)

Garth Brooks Return To Touring 2021
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Garth Brooks 1997-4 Shows all SOLD OUT


Cher Hosts Early Voting Mobilization Events In Nevada
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Cher 2003-SOLD OUT


Glastonbury Festival 2023 - Day 5
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Elton John 2011-SOLD OUT


Luke Bryan: Country On Tour 2023 - Nashville, TN
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Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell, Lee Brice 2014


Five Finger Death Punch With Brantley Gilbert, Las Vegas, NV
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5 Finger Death Punch, Volbeat 2014


38th Annual Country Music Awards - Show
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Alabama 2017


CMA Fest 2023 - Day 3
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Jason Aldean, Thomas Rhett 2016


CMA Fest 2022 - Day 2
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Thomas Rhett 2018


Country Thunder In Twin Lakes, Wisconsin - Day 3
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Toby Keith 2005


2022 Boots And Hearts Music Festival
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Shania Twain 1998


SiriusXM's Town Hall With Carrie Underwood From The SiriusXM Miami Studios
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Carrie Underwood, Billy Currington 2010


2023 JUNO Awards - Show
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Nickelback, Daughtry 2017


2023 CMT Music Awards – Show
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Blake Shelton, Justin Moore, and Gwen Sebastian 2012


KISS Performs At Staples Center
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KISS 1998


Def Leppard And Mötley Crüe "The World Tour" At Sheffield Bramall Lane
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Def Leppard, Joan Jett 2000

Here's the next big question.  Are we ever going to see concerts again at the Bismarck Event Center consistently?

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