Even before Bridge View Center was under construction, officials said they’d try to have something for everyone there, and they appear to be keeping that promise.

A good example could be seen on Saturday: Fight fans and jazz fans streamed into Bridge View on their way to the two very different events taking place.

One was a concert by a singer songwriter whose talent is said to be reminiscent of Frank Sinatra’s style.

On the other side of the center was the “Throwdown in O-Town,” where fans watched the increasingly popular sport of Mixed Martial Arts.

Earlier in the afternoon, the Southeast Iowa Symphony Orchestra performed its popular Kidsymphony program.

Last month at the Courier political debate held in the auditorium, that same night there were at least six other events taking place at Bridge View — all listed on signs right after you enter the main entrance.

In the meeting rooms across from the theater, a business program was under way with dozens of people attending.

At least two other venues were filled with area actors rehearsing for an Ottumwa Community Players’ production and one being planned by Ottumwa Community Children’s Playhouse.

There also were other meetings going on.

That’s what a civic center is for — a place offering a variety of rooms, theater and exhibit hall for all kinds of attractions.

Bridge View is also becoming a popular place for fine dining and for such enjoyable occasions as parties, wedding receptions, etc.

On Saturday night, we understand that fighting events may not be to everyone’s taste. But then, neither are the stylings of even a wonderful jazz pianist.

But as the Bridge View crowd showed Saturday, there’s room — and an audience — for both.

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