The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater seen from the Hugh Thomas Bridge
|Location||Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA|
|Owner||City of Tuscaloosa|
|Operator||Red Mountain Entertainment|
|Broke ground||July 14, 2009 |
|Opened||April 2, 2011 |
|Construction cost||$14.9 million|
The amphitheater is located on Jack Warner Parkway, just beside the Hugh R. Thomas Bridge, only minutes away from the University of Alabama campus and blocks from downtown Tuscaloosa. It is the largest outdoor theater in West Alabama.
The Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, designed by Davis Architects and built by Harrison Construction, broke ground on July 14, 2009, with an opening date estimated for August 2010. In the next few months, the Tuscaloosa area experienced record rainfall, delaying the opening until 2011.
Kenny Chesney, along with Uncle Kracker, were originally set to open the amphitheater with a concert on March 31, 2011, but scheduling conflicts led to the show being moved back to May 25. It was later announced that The Avett Brothers and Band of Horses would open the amphitheater on April 1, 2011, followed by Patti LaBelle and The O'Jays the next night.
- Mark Hughes Cobb (July 15, 2009). "Officials break ground on amphitheater". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
- Mark Hughes Cobb (April 2, 2011). "Amphitheater enjoys smooth opening night". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
- Robert DeWitt (January 20, 2010). "Amphitheater may not open in September as planned". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
- Staff (January 15, 2011). "Date of Chesney show moved back". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 12, 2011.
- Mark Hughes Cobb (February 1, 2011). "Amp plans two-night opening weekend". The Tuscaloosa News. Retrieved April 12, 2011.