Consecutive Bad Bunny concerts create economic benefit for San Diego companies

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego Padres are out of town, but Petco Park came alive when reggaeton artist Bad Bunny rocked the stage Saturday, as a second performance is planned for Sunday.

But will Bad Bunny’s music turn into dollars for companies in the area?

Some business owners said long-awaited concerts like this give them a boost in revenue.

“Bad Bunny is quite popular. The concert sold out in 10 minutes, so we think there will be quite a bit of activity for the rest of the night,” said Trent Thompson, floor manager at Social Tap. “We’ll probably do anywhere from at least an additional $5,000 to $10,000 in sales.”

Karmen Knutsen of R Place Sports Bar & Grill said Bad Bunny’s star power and San Diego energy help her bar’s bottom line.

“I want to say that people are very excited, people have come from all over, I know someone who flew in from Oregon, people are coming from Oakland. People came here instead of other places because they know San Diego is a good crowd,” Knutsen said.

Meanwhile, concertgoers said that the performance and energy are good for the soul.

“I’m up there in the chairs. I’m everywhere. I will be dancing and singing with all my heart,” said fan Valerie Barbosa.

Bad Bunny will headline a second concert at Petco on Sunday night, but revenue began hitting the shops days before the first on Saturday.

Bad Bunny performs two nights in San Diego

“Yesterday, the line started about two hours just for merchandise and people are waiting two hours in line just to get their jerseys, so they’re lined up at the end of the block,” Knutsen said.

She said they expect a double-digit percentage increase in business this weekend.

“If it had been a weekend without any events, because we are quite busy with Padres games, I would say probably an 80% increase for a concert, especially Bad Bunny,” he added.

Barbosa traveled from Los Angeles to sing her favorite songs, but she has two that she really wants to hear.

“I really want to hear “Ojitos Lindos” because it’s one of my favorites, or “Efecto”, said Barbosa.

She said she is contributing financially by spending hundreds of dollars on the show.

“So, the tickets: I bought them for about $130 each, so that’s about $330 including tax, and parking was $25. We got lucky again. Merch: I’m going to go all-in, I’ve got all the requests from my friends, so probably around $400 or $500 total, but it’s worth it in the end,” she explained.

And for those wondering, he will do it all over again in the future.

“I would do it all over again: the money comes back but the memories don’t,” Barbosa said.

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Consecutive Bad Bunny concerts create economic benefit for San Diego companies