Walton Arts, which purchased the Arkansas Music Pavilion in Fayetteville in February, announced today a major overhaul of the venue, which will see it move from in the middle of a parking lot to a grassy space. The new capacity will be around 6,400, with expanded seating, much of it covered.
Walton Arts hopes to complete the project by summer 2012.
Look for some bigger names to start coming through then.
More on the project, including additional artist renderings, from Fayetteville Flyer.
On the jump, all the specific improvements.
• Reposition the entire venue 90° to the north and west, moving it off the existing parking lot blacktop.
• Regrade the amphitheater and install sloped seating and appropriate handicap access.
• Install permanent drainage and related infrastructure.
• Raise the tent structure 12’ to increase sightlines and add appropriate air circulation.
• Provide permanent backstage amenities for artists including catering, dressing and production areas.
• Create higher quality seating options throughout the venue:
— Total venue capacity of approximately 6,400
— 2,400 outdoor theater-style permanent seats (1,800 covered)
— Lawn accommodations for 4,000 patrons
— Removable seating in orchestra section will accommodate artists who prefer the audience closer to the stage
— Permanent seating in the VIP section (box seating directly behind orchestra)
• Install permanent stage-house with full production capabilities.
• Construct appealing marquee entrance with drop off and lighting and perimeter fencing.
• Install and upgrade permanent concession area.
• Create permanent and upgraded VIP and donor/sponsor areas.
• Build new Box Office.
• Develop and install appropriate landscaping.