MIAMI (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Live Nation announced today, August, 12, 2008, that the City of Miami and the Bayfront Park Management Trust have awarded the company a long-term contract to operate, manage and exclusively book one of the country's outdoor venues, Miami's 6,000 capacity Bayfront Park Amphitheater. Located within Bayfront Park in the heart of downtown Miami, the Bayfront Park Amphitheater overlooks the city skyline as well as Biscayne Bay.
As part of the deal, Live Nation will make a number of upgrades to the venue, which operates year round. The venue's stage house is being refurbished with state-of-the-art production capabilities. In addition, modern seating will replace the venue's current bench seating, and there are also plans to include a number of corporate boxes featuring private tables and waiter service. Food and beverage upgrades include both facility improvements and added points of sale in addition to enhancements to the overall menu. The venue will be closed while renovations are under way and expected to re-open in June of 2009.
"We believe this partnership between the City, the Trust and Live Nation creates the opportunity for high quality entertainment in the park and will ensure the long-term success of Bayfront and our ability to fund the largest shade tree planting effort the City has ever considered," said Miami City Commissioner Marc Sarnoff, Chairman of the Bayfront Park Management Trust. "This will be a great start to the evolution of the park and surrounding areas."
"The Trust views this as a winning partnership," said Timothy Schmand, Executive Director of the Bayfront Park Management Trust. "We believe Live Nation's investment in the amphitheater coupled with their ability to bring talent to this venue will re-energize Bayfront Park and all of downtown." –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers