San Francisco is an island when the Bay Bridge is closed for repair. That's a downer when you're putting on a big card show, but this time the city gave the promoter a little more notice this time so the Labor Day show is now 'the weekend after Labor Day Show'.
TRISTAR Productions, Inc. has announced that the company's annual Labor Day weekend sports collectors show will be held one week later in 2007 due to the entire Bay Bridge being closed both directions throughout Labor Day Weekend. The 20th annual show will be held at the Concourse Exhibition Center September 7-9.
In 2006, the Bay Bridge was closed on one side during Labor Day weekend, which TRISTAR officials say had an impact on the '06 Labor Day weekend show.
"Last year, we spoke with a number of consumers who told us that the Bay Bridge being partially closed affected their decision to come into the city for the show," said Mandy Fuerst, Vice President of Operations & Marketing. "As a result, we saw an impact on the show's attendance. We are glad that in 2007 the bridge closing announcement was made in April, which gave us the opportunity to look at other date options so that people who wish to attend the downtown show can do so conveniently."
Shifting the show back one week allows TRISTAR to produce the show during a weekend when the San Francisco Giants are playing at home versus their longtime arch rival, the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Giants have not had a home series during a TRISTAR San Francisco show weekend since 2004 due to MLB scheduling. The Giants play their home games at downtown AT&T Park, which is several blocks from the show site.
In addition, the San Francisco 49ers kick off their season the Monday night following the show (September 10th) at home versus the Arizona Cardinals, which means the show will not be adversely affected by a home day game on Sunday.
"TRISTAR knows the rich history of this show, and we are very excited about the opportunity to provide the customers and top-notch exhibitors who set up at this show with a quality event that will not be affected by the Bay Bridge closing," said Fuerst.