(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Tough competition and lagging ticket sales have finally shut down the flailing Clio Area Amphitheater in Clio, Michigan.
The amphitheater abruptly pulled the plug on its season on Wednesday, canceling the remaining seven shows on the schedule and announced its board is filing for bankruptcy.
In a statement, amphitheater officials said, “…Due to insufficient ticket sales, the Board of Governors has voted to discontinue operations and has retained an attorney to file the proper Chapter 7 (bankruptcy) proceedings.”
“We operated this thing from our heart and our soul,” said David Miner, chairman of the amphitheater’s board.
The board is arranging for refunds for sold concert tickets, but Miner could not guarantee when ticket buyers will see their money. Control of the amphitheater will eventually revert to the city, according to the statement.
The amphitheater has operated since 1990, and has had an up and down record since opening. In recent years, sales tumbled and losses grew to unrecoverable depths.
Miner declined comment on the extent of the financial woes, but said that continuing with the concerts would have just dug a deeper hole. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers