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West Valley City Home to New Concert Venue

West Valley City Home to New Concert Venue

Posted - Jun. 12, 2003 at 3:54 p.m.



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Coco Warner reporting In just three weeks, Utah's newest concert venue will be open for business.

United Concert's latest amphitheater is located in West Valley City.

It is a beautiful venue, but a venue that is still under construction. The amphitheater hosts its first concert on July 3rd. And owners say it will be ready, even if it is a photo finish.

Concert organizers are hoping sparks will fly between Utah concert goers and this latest amphitheater in West Valley City.

Jim McNeil, Pres., United Concerts: "THIS WILL BE A FUN PLACE TO COME WITH FUN PEOPLE THAT WORK HERE WITH A GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND A GREAT ATTITUDE."

United Concerts broke ground on the venue in October, after preparing for the project for nearly 5 years. And now it comes down to just a matter of weeks. So with every hammer that's swung, and bolt that's tightened, organizers are hoping Utahns will flock to such acts as the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan, and the Dave Mathews Band.

The facility also boasts state of the art acoustics, access for people with disabilities, plenty of restrooms, concession stands and convenient parking.

Jim MCNeil/Pres. of United Concerts: "THERE ARE A LOT OF WAYS IN AND OUT OF HERE, SO THAT INSTEAD OF TAKING TWO HOURS WHEN A SHOW IS OVER TO LEAVE, YOU'LL BE ABLE TO BE OUT OF HERE, EVEN IN THE WORST CONDITIONS, IN A HALF AN HOUR."

Minus the sounds of construction, it's fairly quiet here-- but organizers expect a crowd of 20-thousand noisy concert goers in just 21 days."

And the price tag for the venue? 13-million dollars.

Jim McNeil: "COME AND SEE US, YOU'RE GOING TO LIKE IT, WE SPENT A LOT OF TIME DESIGNING THIS AND I THINK WE'VE BUILT A FACILITY THAT'S GOING TO BE A GREAT ADDITION TO THE WASATCH FRONT, TO WEST VALLEY CITY AND A GREAT PLACE TO SEE LIVE ENTERTAINMENT."

With its completion coming under the wire-- even the grass I'm standing on is just a week old.

You can see your first concert here on July 3rd-- the Beach Boys. They're part of the Red Hot Fourth of July celebration.

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