North Carolina’s anti-LGBT law, commonly referred to as the “bathroom bill” is killing business for the Greensboro Coliseum.
The venue has already lost more than $200,000 in ticket sales and that has equated to hundreds of lost shifts for its workers.
Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band were scheduled to play on April 10 but cancelled their show. That event alone cost the coliseum more than $100,000 in ticket sales.
More than 15,000 ticket holders were forfeited when Springsteen decided to stand in “solidarity” with protestors of the recently-passed HB2 bill.
The bill forces transgender people to use the bathroom that corresponds to the gender on their birth certificate.
Cirque du Soleil also canceled a series of performances, announcing that it’s “opposed to discrimination in any form.” That cancellation cost the venue $20,000.
The band Boston also announced that it was canceling a show for more than 1,500 ticket holders.
Greensboro Coliseum says more than 600 people lost shifts for the Springsteen show and more than 225 lost their shift for the seven Cirque du Soleil show.
It’s not just the coliseum that is affected. Spectra Food Services & Hospitality was prepared to make $20,000 from the three events, and would have employed 20 to 60 workers for each event.
Deutsche Bank and PayPal also recently pulled out of expansion plans that would have brought 650 full-time jobs to the state.