Amphitheater Improvements Progressing

By In Events & Happenings, Featured, Featured Listings, Home Buyers/Sellers, . . . On June 11, 2014

Ford AmphitheaterThe pace of construction activity at the Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater has increased as work on Phase II of the facility renovations moves toward completion. The Amphitheater is scheduled to officially reopen for the summer season on June 17, with the kickoff performance of the Bud Light Hot Summer Nights free concert series.

Phase II furthers the world class experience, bringing improvements to the Amphitheater’s main entrance, adjacent to the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.  Designed to provide a new entrance experience and additional shelter from inclement weather, the new structure, dubbed “The Lobby,” will serve as a social gathering point prior to entering the Amphitheater.  Ticket and bag checking will be facilitated at this point in order to allow for smooth entry to the venue.

“The Lobby” will also house the Ford Family Tribute, a series of symbolic sculptures and interpretive elements intended as a new landmark in the Town of Vail to celebrate the legacy, and influence, of President and Mrs. Ford and their family. The sculptures and interpretive elements were designed and created by Chevo Studios.

Unique amenities contained within the structure include a mini-stage that can accommodate pre-show performances; a new concession station and restrooms that will serve Ford Park on a daily basis during the summer season. A perimeter of informal boulder seating walls, bordered by rich alpine landscaping, completes the space; tying it to the natural environment of Ford Park.

The Ford Amphitheater component of the overall Ford Park project is partially funded by a $2.1 million portion of the former Town of Vail Conference Center Funds, the distribution of which Vail voters overwhelming approved in a special election in November of 2011. The Vail Valley Foundation has committed to raise the remainder of the funds needed to complete the project.

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