The Chevrolet Amphitheatre is leaving one popular, if traffic-soaked, site for another.Annie O'Neill, Post-Gazette
Workers from Piney Hills Builders, of Louisiana, disassemble the Chevrolet Amphitheatre at Station Square yesterday. The crew said it thought it would have the work done by Saturday. The concert site is moving to West Homestead.
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Concert promoter Live Nation Pittsburgh announced yesterday that it is moving outdoor amphitheater productions from the longtime site in Station Square to a new facility east of the Sandcastle water park in West Homestead.
The new amphitheater will be between Sandcastle and the popular Waterfront shopping district, next to a new Costco store. It will feature a riverfront view for the audience, picnic areas, VIP areas, multipurpose areas for large festivals and parking, and will open in time for the 2007 concert season.
Designs were not available, but the partially outdoor facility will have a tent roof, much like at the Station Square site, and probably a similar 5,000-seat capacity. It is even off of the same road, Route 837/Carson Street, but about seven miles east.
Like Carson Street, The Waterfront has its own traffic issues, caused by shopping congestion and the partial though temporary closure of the Homestead Grays Bridge. Access to the music facility will be through The Waterfront complex.
Like concerts at the Station Square site, which at times sparked noise complaints from nearby Mount Washington residents, music from the new Chevrolet Amphitheatre may travel to residential areas, including parts of Squirrel Hill and Greenfield across the Monongahela River.
Live Nation said it will release concert dates later.
Sandcastle opened an amphitheater called Riverplex in 1995, but it never really got off the ground, mostly because park officials were not schooled in music promotion. Teaming with music industry giant Live Nation solves that problem.
In a statement, Peter J. McAneny, president of Sandcastle owner Kennywood Entertainment Co., said he was "delighted" to be working with the company and looked forward to cross-promoting music and water park events.
The switch provides Live Nation with a long-term venue after months of uncertainty over the Station Square site, where a Harrah's casino was proposed.
It was not clear yesterday what will happen to the current facility, which opened as the Melody Amphitheatre in 1989 and was named for I.C. Light beer a year later.
After losing the casino bid to Majestic Star on the North Side, Station Square owner Forest City Enterprises stated it is "taking a fresh look at Station Square as we continue to be the Pittsburgh region's most popular attraction and entertainment destination."
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