This project was awarded to several construction groups including, Piedmont Construction Group and TVS, Stage Front, and HGOR. Sub-consultants include Theater Projects, NBP Engineers, Gabler Youngston, Uzun+Case, and Carter Engineering Group.
What will it have?
The latest design plans from the county state there will be "2,500 fixed seats in a stepped seating bowl, 1,500 temporary seats on a flat floor between the fixed seats and stage, and 6,000 lawn seats outside of the bowl and roof structure." There will also be VIP seating options, two main concessions, retail amenities, and more. The county states down the road there are plans to create a full-service restaurant. Performers will have ample room on the 60’ deep by 72’ wide performance stage. Crews will also be cozy with the amphitheater featuring dressing rooms, a green room, star dressing rooms, a makeup room, a break room, and eating rooms.
Recently a milestone was met when a 268,000-pound beam was lifted to support the roof of the amphitheater, providing an unobstructed view of the stage from all seating areas.
What does this bring to Macon?
Not only is it putting Macon on the map as a hit location that performers can get excited about but the economic growth for our local economy will be significant. It also will support the nearby neighborhoods and bring more businesses to the West Macon area. Mayor Lester Miller stated in one article, “I just met with the new owner of the Presidential Parkway, and he’s getting some very positive interest on people that want to come back to the area. We talked to a couple of hotels who want to locate here on site, many retail want to come back here to our hub.”
Visit Macon President Gary Wheat elaborates more on what this means to the tourism industry saying, “It adds a new attraction for us. It not only serves our community and the neighboring counties, but it will attract people from all over the region and even nationally in some cases.” With Macon's rich music history and growing music scene, this amphitheater will only further showcase our city's soulful heritage. Visit Macon anticipates this amphitheater will bring $2 to $4 million to our local economy.