Mayor Karl Dean held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Ascend Amphitheater in Riverfront Park this morning. Eric Church is hosting the opening show this evening. Other artists announced to play the venue include Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire, Smashing Pumpkins with Marilyn Manson, ZZ Top and Blackberry Smoke, Hall and Oates, Old Crow Medicine Show, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many more.
The amphitheater accommodates approximately 6,800 people. Concessions include Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, Martin’s Bar-B-Que and Padrino’s Pops. The park includes over one mile of multi-use greenway trails, Nashville’s first downtown dog park at 13,400 square feet, ornamental gardens and adult-friendly swings, The Green, a 1.5-acre event lawn, and exercise and sports facilities, including two basketball half-courts.
With the opening, the public is invited to a Community Open House on Sunday, August 2nd to celebrate. The much-anticipated dog park will also open on Sunday, August 2nd.