Sandcastle Shed On Hold Again

PITTSBURGH, PA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Plans for the relocation of an amphitheater at the Sandcastle have been put on hold for another year and possibly for good the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

Live Nation had operated the mid-sized Chevrolet amphitheatre at Station Square. The venue had been plagued by traffic problems and noise complaints so when Live Nation announced in January of 2007 that it was going to move to a new facility east of the Sandcastle water park in West Homestead, it seemed like a solid plan.

However, problems with construction scheduling, planning and difficulties in obtaining permits forced Live Nation to scrap their plans for a 2007 opening. Fast forward to a year later and the plans to re-open the shed are still a no-go.

"We are still considering the location for a site to develop a boutique amphitheater in the future," but details haven't been worked out, Live Nation spokesman John Vlautin told the Trib-Review in an email.

Vlautin also reportedly told the Trib that the decision not to open the shed has nothing to do with the impending New American Music festival coming to the SouthSide Works in August.

Despite the lack of a LN venue, the water park plans to move ahead on their own with the 400,000 square-foot outdoor Riverplex. While not quite ready for prime time, upgrades to the electrical system and stages should make the Riverplex serviceable for the park's June 7th opening date. Already on the calendar for Riverplex this year are the Pittsburgh Irish Festival, Festa Italiana, Oktoberfest Hol Pro Productions and WLSW-FM Music Power 104's Summer oldies jam. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers

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