Watkins Glen International President Michael Printup Talks Phish Festivals
Watkins Glen International (WGI) racetrack has hosted two Phish festivals, Superball in 2011 and Magnaball in 2015. Michael Printup, the president of WGI, addressed the potential of the racetrack hosting another Phish festival in a new interview with the Star Gazette.
Printup was asked about whether there are plans for Phish festivals or similar events in the works for WGI. While the track’s president didn’t break any news, he did shed light on his working relationship with the band:
We found a niche obviously with Phish. We were the first company out of International Speedway Corporation’s portfolio back in 2011 to do a big-time concert, which was Phish then. We’ve hosted some small things here or there, but that was a pretty large opportunity. We want to continue doing them. Phish is a great partner of ours. They only do those festivals every three to four years. Their last one was ’15. Maybe ’18, ’19 we hope to maybe get Phish back.
Magnaball sold out in advance of the festival. Phish has an unusual tour planned for this summer as they will play 13 shows at one venue, Madison Square Garden in New York City. The tour begins with three nights in Chicago starting on July 14.
[Hat Tip – J. Kocyla]