BANGOR, Maine — Waterfront Concerts hosted fewer shows in Bangor this year than it did in 2014, but despite the decline, it also attracted more concertgoers, which put more money in the city’s coffers.

The decline to 11 shows in 2015 from 15 in 2014 had some wondering if the company was scaling down its local operations or looking to pull out in favor of its other venue, the Maine State Pier in Portland.

But according to city records, the company sold 81,594 tickets this year, up 4,597 from last year.

Since the city gets $1.25 per ticket, that accounts for just over $101,992 for the city for 2015 compared with $96,246 for 2014 — not including reimbursements to the city for police and fire protection.

The change is largely because of bigger acts that attract more fans coming to Bangor this year, said Alex Gray, the founder and principal owner of Waterfront Concerts. As the venue becomes better known, it is more likely to attract big-name acts, he said.

Gray said Tuesday that the larger Bangor venue is more expensive to operate, so his company tends to focus on bigger shows such as Kenny Chesney, sending smaller shows elsewhere. In August, he said, in response to noise complaints, his company has actively avoided bringing louder acts to Bangor.

The uptick in concert attendance comes on the heels of a conceptual study by FTL Design Engineering that highlights permanent improvements to the concert site such as a covered seating area, public restrooms and backstage improvements for performers.

The study, commissioned by the city at a cost of $65,000, also calls for improvements intended to help contain sound to the site thus reducing noise complaints.

Bangor Community and Economic Development Director Tanya Emery presented to the City Council on Monday 10 items from the FTL study that city staff will focus on first.

Those include arrayed speaker towers to more appropriately focus sounds toward concertgoers and away from neighbors, the addition of a themed play structure for children, additions such as skating rinks and walking trails intended to create seasonal use of the waterfront, bathrooms, improvements to make Railroad Street more like a plaza for food trucks, replacement of the existing tarp-covered chain link fence with temporary coated chain link and privacy fabric, a community stage and artistic lighting under the Dutton Street bridge.

Emery advised the council against FTL’s proposal for a pedestrian footbridge crossing Main Street, calling it cost prohibitive.

“It’s a neat idea, but I just don’t see it being very realistic,” she said.

City officials still say they have no cost estimates or timelines for the project. Establishing costs and negotiating with the concert promoter to see who will pay for the improvements will be part of the process, Emery said. Other improvements identified by Emery include backstage improvements to aid performers.

Gray said the FTL study made good proposals, but it will not be a cure-all for the concert site. Among other items, he called for improved wheelchair accessibility.

Following a model set by other businesses, Gray said he would hope to recoup investments his company makes to the city-owned site through reduced payments to the municipality.