While MetraPark’s Rimrock Auto Arena is ready for Sugarland in Concert with Glen Templeton on Monday, the building’s lobby is still under construction. The Bench Connector road project is also in full swing, so here are some tips for those attending:
ARRIVE EARLY! This is the number one tip . . . doors open at 6pm for the 7pm show. Allow extra time to arrive, park, enter the arena, and get to your seats. Main Street can be busy at this time of day. Come early and get a burger from Fuddruckers, a cold brew, and relax and enjoy the new surroundings until show time.
PARKING: Public parking is available in the lower lot, carnival lot, and upper parking lot.
Upper Parking Lot: About 2/3 of the lot will be available for public parking. Please stay clear of areas under construction and do not park in entrance or exit ways.
It’s highly recommended that traffic enter and exit the upper parking lot via the Main Street entrance across from Airport Road (Swords Lane.) There will be a walkway on the roadway from the upper lot to the front of the arena for guests parked in the upper lot. Those parked in the upper lot may use the road under construction to pick up or drop off guests at the front of the arena.
Handicapped Parking: Limited handicapped parking will be available at the front of the arena, but that area will also be a drop off zone. Please plan to arrive early for the best parking options.
Parking staff will help you get to where you need to drop off and/or park. Just follow their directions.
ENTRANCES: Public entrances will be at the lower level southwest door as well as at the front of the arena. Although the lobby will not be completed, new doors directly on the front of the building on either side of the lobby will be used to enter the building. The new elevator is ready to accommodate those who need to move from floor to floor.
MetraPark General Manager Bill Dutcher and the management team at the facilities offer these tips for those planning to attend Skyview and Senior High School Commencements on Sunday, May 29 and West High School Commencement on Monday, May 30.
- ARRIVE EARLY: The arena doors will be open one hour before each commencement. Construction is in progress on the lobby entrance to the building and the Billings Bench Connector project. Allow extra time to arrive and park. Concession stands as well as Mountain Mudd and Snowies will have beverages and packaged snacks available.
- PARKING: Public parking is available in the lower lot, carnival lot, and upper parking lot.
Upper Parking Lot: Over half of the lot will be available for public parking.
The upper parking lot will be accessible only by the Main Street entrance (Swords Lane). Exiting for that lot will also be to Main Street only. There will be a walkway on the roadway from the upper lot to the front of the arena for guests parked in the upper lot.
Handicapped Parking: Limited handicapped parking will be available at the front of the arena, but that area will also be a drop off zone. Please plan to arrive early to for best parking options.
- ENTRANCES: Public entrances will be at the front of the arena. Although the lobby will not be completed and in use, new doors directly on the front of the building on either side of the lobby will be used to enter the building. Graduates only will utilize the lower level southwest Exhibit Hall doors. The new elevator is ready to accommodate those who need to move from floor to floor.
Are you attending the Elton John concert in the Rimrock Auto Arena this Sunday night? This will be the first concert held in the arena since the tornado last June. The arena is not quite complete, but the construction team at High Tech / BNB came through and were able to make the arena functional for this great event as well as Women of Faith.
We want to be sure that you have a great time! Therefore, we’ve put together “tips for attending” along with a map so we can help you get into the show with ease.
We can’t emphasize enough to give yourself plenty of time to get to the show. ARRIVE EARLY! Doors open at 6:30pm. The main lobby is still under construction and won’t be utilized for this event. The lower level exhibit hall entrance will be the main entrance from all lower parking lots. If you park in the upper lot, you will be directed to a new entrance that is on the main level. Appropriate parking and entrances are noted on the map below along with specific instructions for handicap patrons.
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Are you attending Women of Faith this Friday and Saturday at the Rimrock Auto Arena? This is the first event to take place in the arena since the tornado last June. We want to be sure all attendees have a wonderful time and so we’ve put together an informative map that also includes some tips for attending.
The main lobby is still under construction and won’t be utilized for this event. The lower level exhibit hall entrance will be the main entrance from all lower parking lots. If you park in the upper lot, you will be directed to a new entrance that is on the main level. Appropriate parking and entrances are noted on the map below along with specific instructions for handicap patrons.
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Women of Faith Event Times:
Friday Day: Doors open at 9am, show time is 10am – Show ends approximately 3:30pm
Friday Evening: Doors open at 5:30pm, show time is 7pm – Show ends approximately 9:45pm
Saturday: Doors open at 8am, show time is 9am – Show ends around 4pm. Book signing until 4:30pm.
We are more than excited to host Elton John and his Band in concert on April 10th. To have a sell out show as the first concert in the Rimrock Auto Arena after the June tornado is extremely uplifting not only to our Yellowstone County Commissioners and the staff who work here but we hope for the community as a whole.
We’d like to extend a sincere thank you to all who purchased tickets on Saturday and thank you for your patience throughout the process. We apologize to those who do not feel they were served well. When demand is so much greater than supply, we know there will be disappointed customers and we wish we could fulfill an order for everyone who wants to purchase a ticket.
General Manager, Bill Dutcher announces Elton John concert to local media
Elton John and his band will appear in concert for the first time ever in Billings at Rimrock Auto Arena on Sunday, April 10th at 8pm, performing their “Greatest Hits Live”, featuring number one chart hits and classic album tracks from throughout Elton’s incredible five-decade career.
“What an incredible honor to host Elton John in concert here at MetraPark Arena,” says MetraPark General Manager, Bill Dutcher. “This concert will celebrate all the effort that has gone into rebuilding our venue after last summer’s tornado. It will be very exciting for fans in our region to experience such a prestigious and iconic artist performing live here in Billings. It’s humbling to be included amongst the other great arenas he has played.”
Tickets go on sale this Saturday, February 12, at 10am at MetraPark, the Rimrock Mall Customer Service Counter, and local Cellular Plus Stores as well as by phone toll free at 1-800-366-8538 or locally at 406.256.2422. Tickets May also be purchased online at www.metrapark.com. There is an eight ticket limit per purchase and some fees may apply. Please mention special needs when ordering tickets.
At MetraPark on Saturday, tickets will be sold at the Montana Pavilion and fans are directed to use the main entrance to that building. The lower parking lot will be available for convenient parking.
Numbered wristbands will be available at the Montana Pavilion beginning Wednesday, February 9th. Regular hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Wristband holders must be 16 years of age or older.
Wristbands will still be available from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Montana Pavilion. At 9 a.m., a random wristband number will be drawn and the person with that numbered wristband will be first in line to purchase tickets. Those with subsequent numbers will line up behind that person to buy their tickets. Ownership of a wristband does not guarantee a ticket.
It’s official, “Women of Faith” will be the first event held in the arena since the June 20th tornado in 2010.
“Women of Faith: Over the Top” comes to the arena on April 8th and 9th. Women of Faith offers the opportunity for women to connect with one another and be encouraged as a diverse array of music artists, authors, and performers take the stage in a weekend designed to offer a refreshing getaway filled with laughter and hope. Registration information is available here (tickets not available at the MetraPark Box Office).
As arena renovations will not be fully complete at that time, attendees will have a “sneak peek” at what is to come. The main areas of the arena including the arena bowl and existing plus some new restrooms will be functional for the event. The arena’s main lobby and box office will not be functional or in use at that time. Attendees will enter the building through the lower level Exhibit Hall entrance.
The arena’s completion date is estimated for early June with the official re-opening taking place in mid-June.