(COLORADO SPRINGS) — After a marathon meeting on Tuesday night, Jan. 10, Colorado Springs City Council voted 8-1 to build the Sunset Amphitheater concert venue in northern El Paso County.
Notes Live, a Colorado Springs-based entertainment company is developing the Sunset Amphitheater. J.W. Roth, Chairman, and CEO of Notes Live sat down exclusively with FOX21 News following Tuesday’s vote.
Roth knows some community members are still hesitant to move forward and hopes to alleviate those fears as the project develops.
“This has been a journey for us for two years and it’s going to take us another 18 months or so to get where we want to go,” Roth explained. “We’re going to build the most luxurious amphitheater in history, the greatest one ever built.”
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The City Council vote on Tuesday night was whether to grant or deny an appeal by community members in surrounding neighborhoods that are against having a concert venue in their backyard.
The open-air amphitheater is a $40 million project that will be an 8,000-seat venue. According to the venue’s website, The Sunset Amphitheater is expected to host big-name artists, typically from May through September, each year.
As a Coloradan, you may be thinking of a certain venue already in existence that will give the Sunset Amphitheatre some competition.
“We’re not Red Rocks, Red Rocks is a bucket list place so you’re never going to compete,” Roth said. “What we want to do is draft off of Red Rocks, we want to be that second and third day.”
The project moves forward despite pushback from three main neighborhoods surrounding the amphitheater site, Gleneagle, Northgate Estates, and Grey Hawk.
“We’re not against development, we believe this is a great idea it’s just a horrible location,” Matthew Grubersic living in the community said.
The amphitheater is a $40 million project with an 8,000-seat venue and an estimated 50 concerts per year.
“The local nightmares are extreme parking and traffic congestion, a big public safety and crime concerns, and for me, the reason I got into it was the noise, it is medically dangerous,” Kat Gayle, a community member explained.
“We will address those concerns, I live in this community,” Roth explained. “It’s not like I’m a developer from out of town, I’ve been here for 60 years, my kids grew up here and at the end of the day we’re going to treat this like our home because it is.”
The venue is set to open in early 2024 and in the weeks ahead the developer plans to acquire grading and building permits to break ground at the site.