TCU Place turns 50 years old
TCU Place, formerly known as Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium, under construction in 1966.
Saskatoon’s largest downtown event centre celebrated its 50th anniversary on Sunday.
TCU Place — formerly known as Saskatoon Centennial Auditorium — opened its doors on April 1, 1968.
The centre has hosted countless concerts, Broadway shows, graduations and even the Queen.
Gerard Cullen has been an employee of the auditorium for the last 40 years.
“You never know what’s going to happen. You really don’t. You think, ‘Oh, OK, this is going to be an easy show,’ and really all hell could break loose,” Cullen told CTV News.
On the job, Cullen has seen artists like Keith Urban, NSYNC and Bryan Adams perform when they were just starting out. But his favourite show was Harry Chapin in 1981.
“As part of his encore, he sang ‘All My Life’s a Circle.’ During that song, he had the people on the main floor look up at the people on the balcony and sing a verse. And the people on the balcony look down and they sang a verse. It was very cool and I had never seen it done before or since,” he said.
In the early days of TCU Place, it cost about $2.50 to see a concert. Today, Cullen said the average concert cost is $80.