Trump hosts rally at SNHU Arena

President Donald Trump conducts his re-election rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester on Thursday.

MANCHESTER — President Trump’s rally in the Queen City last week set the all-time attendance record for the SNHU Arena, topping an Elton John concert hosted in 2001.

Since one-time White House press secretary Sean Spicer falsely claimed a record crowd came to watch Trump’s inauguration, proclamations about crowds the President attracts have been met with skepticism.

So when Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale claimed during the Aug. 15 campaign rally at SNHU Arena that it had attracted a record-setting crowd, some took it with a grain of salt.

But now Jason Perry, assistant general manager of SNHU Arena, has confirmed Trump as the record holder. The 11,500 people who attended his rally topped the 11,400 who attended Elton John’s concert in 2001.

The rock star’s Nov. 30, 2001 performance was only the fourth musical act at the then-Verizon Wireless Arena and came just two weeks after the first Manchester Monarchs home game.

A report from the time in the Union Leader said the concert sold out in just 30 minutes.

Tickets for the Elton John show were $76.50, except for $56.50 tickets in the upper level behind the stage. Adjusted for inflation, that would be about $111 and $82 respectively today.

Tickets for last week’s Trump rally were free.