City offers first look at new downtown amphitheater

City offers first look at new downtown amphitheater

Posted: Jul 14, 2015 5:11 PM CST Updated: Jul 14, 2015 5:38 PM CST
Reported by Jimmy Carter

Ascend Amphitheater on the south end of Riverfront Park in downtown Nashville opens for business on July 31.


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Tuesday afternoon, Mayor Karl Dean offered a first look inside the gates at the city’s new amphitheater.

Ascend Amphitheater will be the outdoor home of the Nashville Symphony and many other concerts. The amphitheater will seat about 6,800 people.

Eric Church will play two acoustic shows on July 31 and Aug. 1 to open the amphitheater. Both shows sold out quickly.

There is no parking on site, but Nissan Stadium just across the river will serve as parking for concerts at the amphitheater.

The Ascend Amphitheater and park was budgeted for $35 million. Entertainment company Live Nation will pay the city $400,000 a year, plus a portion of the ticket sales.