by Melanie Devaney
When Dubuque’s Five Flags Civic Center opened in 1979, the city-owned arena was a must-stop for some of the biggest touring acts in the country with Aerosmith, KISS, REO Speedwagon, Rush, Styx, and many more regularly making appearances there. Unfortunately, the economic downturn that practically paralyzed the city in the 1980s meant the arena also saw a decline. For years, the center operated with a mission to do as many community events as possible while not becoming too much of a burden to city taxpayers. With new General Manager H.R. Cook at its helm and the city undergoing a cultural renaissance, the Dubuque Five Flags Civic Center is poised to be a regional entertainment destination bringing more national acts to Dubuque.
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