NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on Country Music Superfest (all times local):
An official says New Orleans could become the permanent home of a country music festival bumped from LSU's Tiger Stadium for two years by offseason renovations.
Organizer Quint Davis says that if the Country Music Superfest is a success in the Superdome next May, it could stay there rather than returning to Baton Rouge in 2019.
But he's quick to note that it's too early to say where the 2018 festival will be, let alone the one in 2019.
In his words, "If people don't come, it's like the world's greatest country music sound-check."
Davis says next year's festival will include something new: a free outdoor concert Friday evening, May 26. The festival within the stadium will be May 27-28 — returning to the two-day format of its first four years, rather than the three-day event it's been since 2014.
Officials say a country music festival bumped from LSU's Tiger Stadium for two years by offseason renovations will be held next Memorial Day weekend in New Orleans, at the Superdome.
The 2017 festival will be May 26-28 in the 76,500-seat Superdome.
Festival Productions Inc. didn't mention the 2018 festival in its announcement Tuesday.
It has been held at the 102,000-seat stadium in Baton Rouge since it started in 2010. It expanded from two nights to three in 2014.
That year, George Strait and Reba McEntire helped draw a record 135,000 fans. Attendance fell to 125,000 in 2015 and 100,000 last year.
LSU said in August that it will renovate bathrooms and concession stands and make other stadium improvements after the 2016 and 2017 football seasons.