OSHKOSH, WI (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Leach Amphitheatre, opening inside Oshkosh, Wisconsin’s Riverside Park this year, will not have the proposed $1 facility surcharge tacked onto tickets costing more than $7, much to the delight of facility management company PMI and potential concertgoers from around the area.
The $6 million shed will be the new site of the 20-year-old Waterfest concert series, as well as a season full of concerts promoted by PMI. Neither the festival promoter nor the facility manager were fans of the fee, at least for the inaugural year.
The proposal by Councilor Paul Esslinger was designed to collect the surcharge to add to a city trust fund for amphitheater upkeep and improvements.
Councilor Burk Tower, among those who voted against the proposal in a 4-2 decision this week, told the Oshkosh Northwestern, “I think we can go through the first year without the charge.”
An Oshkosh Area Community Foundation endowment fund has been floated as an alternative to a city-surcharge coffer.
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce Executive Director John Casper, one of the overseers of the Waterfest concert series, told the paper that Waterfest had already advertised its concert rates without the added dollar.
“It’s too late in the game for this,” Caspar told the council. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers