DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center, Celebrated Attendance Milestone

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On Friday Evening Durham Performing Arts Center’s 250,000th Patron Walked through the Door at Broadway’s #1 Musical, “The Phantom of the Opera”

DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center’s successful first year was celebrated on Monday, November 30th on the eve of the new live entertainment venue’s one year anniversary. Throughout the year DPAC produced over 100 ticketed events and welcomed the 250,000 patron through the doors on Friday evening of the #1 musical of all time, “The Phantom of the Opera.”

DPAC was ready and celebrated this accomplishment by surprising the patron that received this title with an extraordinary evening. One lucky patron was announced Friday evening and won the DPAC Golden Ticket, allowing them to accept season tickets to all remaining SunTrust Broadway Series shows including the most anticipated show to come to the Triangle, WICKED.

“We are elated to have made it to this milestone; more people have walked through the doors at DPAC than the whole population of Durham. Our new benchmark is to reach the population of the Triangle, and we are confident we can get there,” states director of marketing Linda Charlton.

DPAC reached the goal of obtaining 10,000 season subscribers during the second SunTrust Broadway Series; celebrated a year of over 100 successful events including artists B.B. King and Jackson Browne and comedians Robin Williams and Bill Cosby; opened two national touring shows including the legendary Steely Dan and phenomenon Cirque Dreams Illumination; and NOW entertains more than 250,000 people in the greater Triangle region.

“It is only fitting that our 250,000 patron would be during Broadway’s longest running musical Phantom of the Opera. We want to share our excitement with our patrons and dedicate ourselves to continue making DPAC a venue for a fantastic experience that wants you to come back for more,” said general manager of DPAC Bob Klaus.

DPAC’s 250,000 patron, Jenny King, arrived at 7:35 p.m. on Friday, December 4th during “The Phantom of the Opera” and the staff was waiting with the prized Golden Ticket.

About DPAC

Durham Performing Arts Center, branded DPAC, is the Triangle regions “Home for World Class Live Entertainment.” DPAC is specifically designed to present the biggest shows on tour and put patrons close to the stage, with no seat further than 135 feet. DPAC is the largest performing arts center in the Carolinas and has become the crown jewel of Downtown Durham as well as a cultural landmark for entertainment for the Triangle region to experience. Featuring world-class performers, spacious seating, state-of-the-art sound and lighting, and convenient parking, DPAC allows patrons to experience performances in an entirely new way.

DPAC is centrally located in the American Tobacco District within walking distance to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park and numerous restaurants and shops and just minutes off I-40, I-540 and I-85.
DPAC has something for everyone in the Triangle region with over 150 events a year. From rising new artists to the biggest name superstars from around the world, DPAC sets the stage for both contemporary and legendary Broadway shows, concerts, comedy, and family shows never seen in the greater Durham, Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill region.

SunTrust Broadway Series

SunTrust Broadway Series tickets are still on sale at DPACnc.com. Season ticket holders lock in the best seats and are first in line for the biggest Broadway shows in the Triangle region for years to come. Season subscribers get the best benefits including the best seats, complimentary parking, free exchanges, guaranteed renewal privileges and more. Group discounts for 10 or more are available for most shows by calling our Group Services department at 919.281.0587.


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