Trib Total Media Amphitheatre

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Trib Total Media Amphitheatre at Station Square
Former names Melody Amphitheatre, IC Light Amphitheatre, Chevrolet Amphitheatre
Location Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Coordinates 40°26′13″N 80°0′39″W / 40.43694°N 80.01083°W / 40.43694; -80.01083Coordinates: 40°26′13″N 80°0′39″W / 40.43694°N 80.01083°W / 40.43694; -80.01083
Owner Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Type Outdoor amphitheatre
Capacity 5,000
Construction
Opened May 31, 1989[1]
Closed 2011
Reopened 2009

The Trib Total Media Amphitheatre at Station Square was an outdoor music pavilion at Station Square in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The venue had a seating capacity of 5,000 people. In January 2007 it was announced that the amphitheatre would change its name to The Amphitheatre at Sandcastle and move to West Homestead, Pennsylvania.[2] The amphitheater was not opened for 2007, and there were tentative plans for opening in spring 2008.

Melody Amphitheatre[edit]

In 1989, DiCesare Engler Productions announced that they had partnered with the owners of the Station Square Festival Tent to open the Melody Amphitheatre at Station Square. The site hosted acts such as The Judds, Kenny G, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as various ethnic festivals.[3] The venue became known as the IC Light Amphitheatre in the early 1990s.

I.C. Light Amphitheater[edit]

IC Light Amphitheater hosted as many as 200,000[4] people per summer for events such as concerts, weekend festivals, and the yearly Fright Fest designed by Tom Savini[5] The amphitheater briefly moved to Pittsburgh's South Side in 1994, but was relocated to its original location in 1995 when DiCesare-Engler invested $400,000 to build a more permanent structure and increased the seating capacity from 4,000 to 5,000.[6] In 1999 DiCesare-Engler renovated the amphitheater again, changing the direction of the stage to face west and adding a roof to cover as many as 4,000 seats.[7]

Chevrolet Amphitheatre[edit]

The venue went through another name change in 2003, when it became the Chevrolet Amphitheatre at Station Square.[8] Its last season as the Chevrolet Amphitheater was 2006.[9] Forest City Enterprises did not extend the lease for the amphitheater. The company was preparing for possible redevelopment of the site. Live Nation made tentative plans to move the amphitheater to West Homestead, but the plans were postponed. The lot remained vacant until 2009.[10][11]

On May 25, 2009, Brian Drusky, a former DiCesare-Engler employee who was laid off by Live Nation in 2005, promoted the first concert at the new amphitheatre.[12] The new venue seated up to 6,000. The venue closed after the 2011 season to make way for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer stadium, planned to begin construction in mid-2012.[13]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=lvJRAAAAIBAJ&sjid=Zm4DAAAAIBAJ&dq=station%20square%20to%20get%20amphitheater%201989&pg=6138%2C10234488
  2. ^ McNulty, Timothy (January 3, 2007). "Chevrolet Amphitheatre on the move to West Homestead". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  3. ^ "Station Square to get amphitheatre". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 5, 1989. 
  4. ^ Lynne Margolis (November 2, 1996). "Concert-goers enjoy wide selection of venues, acts". TRIBUNE-REVIEW. 
  5. ^ Cathy Lubenski (1993-09-21). "Fright Fest. Savini to help with haunting.". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. 
  6. ^ Lynn Margolis (4/12/1995). "IC Light site rollin’ to old home". Pittsburgh Tribune Review.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Ed Masley (1999-05-18). "Renovations set to transform I.C. Light Amphitheater". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  8. ^ "Station Square Amphitheater Changes Name, Sets Lineup". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. April 3, 2003. 
  9. ^ Mark Belko (August 9, 2007). "Station Square explores life without slots on 5-acre site.". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  10. ^ Opening postponed for Sandcastle amphitheater Construction scheduling, other delays to blame. Thursday, April 19, 2007. By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  11. ^ Jodi Weigand (May 29, 2008). "Sandcastle amphitheater plans stall again". TRIBUNE-REVIEW. 
  12. ^ Scott Mervis (April 21, 2009). "Station Square concert honors slain officers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. 
  13. ^ Mervis, Scott (January 25, 2012). "Rise Against show May 6 moves to Stage AE". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 

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