A Corn Palace official says there has been 'amazing' demand ahead of a rally by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
South Dakotalocation of Mike Lindell's upcoming rallyhas seen a spike in interest.
- "We're certainly aware of some of the controversy,"
Corn Palaceofficial Doug Greenway told Insider.
- The day rate for the venue was $1,750, plus fees for light and sound.
In the days since Mike Lindell, chief executive of MyPillow, announced he'd be holding a rally at the Corn Palace in South Dakota, the venue's management has been fielding phone calls from about 30 people a day.That's an "amazing" number of calls for the venue, director Doug Greenway told Insider via phone. The Palace is in Mitchell, a city with a population of about 15,000.
Lindell is being sued by Dominion Voting Systems for $1.3 billion, in a case accusing the pillow executive of spreading misinformation about the November 2020 presidential election. Lindell has repeatedly said the election was stolen from President Donald
Some of the callers who've connected to the Corn Palace in recent days have asked how early they should start lining up for the un-ticketed, first-come-first-served event. One caller asked if Saturday afternoon was too early to get in line, Greenway said. Another was expecting to travel from Tennessee.As Insider spoke to Greenway, he was hustling around the 3,000-seat venue, preparing it for one of three graduation ceremonies it was holding that day. "We're certainly aware of some of the controversy that surrounds Mike Lindell, but quite honestly it's just an event for us," he said.
He said he'd talked with the Corn Palace's administrators before agreeing to host Lindell.
"We do have the right to say this isn't a fit for us, but, honestly, he hasn't done anything that would prevent us," Greenway said. "It's no secret he's a born-again Christian and is a recovering addict, and those are all good things."Lindell's bill for the event will be $1,750 for the venue, plus fees for add-ons like light, sound, and portable toilets. The rally will be held on a pro-sized basketball court, surrounded by 1,350 floor seats and 1,750 elevated ones. If too many people show up, there will be an overflow area outside.
COVID-19 pandemic safety measures ended in February in Mitchell.
Later in the week, the Corn Palace was set to host an event for the American Corn Hole Association, according to its calendar of events.
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