Interesting article about the Leonardo [“Burn Notice,” Nov. 3, City Weekly].
Since I live near Ogden, I don’t keep up on everything that happens in Salt Lake City. I knew the Leonardo was down there, and I knew it had been struggling to open for many years. So when I read somewhere that it finally did open, I had in my sights that I was going to come to Salt Lake City and bring my 18-year-old grandson with me to see what this place is all about.
But then I read in your article that the entrance fee is $14! That’s $28 for me to take the two of us to wander around and participate in whatever is there. No way! I don’t have $28 for an hour’s entertainment (plus the gas down and back).
I really don’t think it is ever going to get the projected 650 visitors per day that lab manager Jann Haworth mentioned in the article—not at $14 they aren’t.
I also read in the article that there is a ticket-sale forecast of $220,000 for the first month. At $14 per person, that is 524 people per day. No way. Never gonna happen.
I think Salt Lake City’s been had again by the Leonardo.