HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) - The city of Huntsville is moving forward on development of a new 8,500-seat amphitheater behind the MidCity development.
Under an agreement approved Thursday night, the venue will be owned by the city but an outside company, Huntsville Venue Group Amphitheater LLC, will operate it on an initial 10-year term.
Planners hope the amphitheater will help bring in big acts to headline concerts and be used for festivals, movie nights and even graduations.
The city is envisioning it as a facility that would accommodate year-round community events and activities
Performance standards and budget requirements come with the deal.
"This is another milestone in our ongoing effort to provide more quality of life options for our community,” said Mayor Tommy Battle. “For Huntsville to continue to attract the best and brightest to our City, we’re going to need entertainment options that compete with other cities vying for our talent. We believe this amphitheater, with its unique approach to year-round programming, will give Huntsville another differentiator.”
“This is the concept that most excited us and one we believed would have the greatest benefit to our community," said city administrator John Hamilton. “In addition to sold out country, rock, or R&B concerts, we expect multi-stage festivals, farmers’ markets, art festivals, and free holiday celebrations.”
The approved 10-year contract includes three, five-year extension options, required annual minimums for concerts and civic events, and strong budget controls.