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Ground broken on new 7,500-seat outdoor riverfront amphitheater overlooking Tredegar

The project, which is taking shape on a four-acre site nestled between Tredegar and the Kanawha Canal, has ambitious plans to serve as a central hub for entertainment in Richmond.

Trevor Dickerson

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Construction officially commenced Wednesday on the Riverfront Amphitheater, a new 7,500-seat venue poised to transform Downtown Richmond’s riverfront area. City officials were on hand to kick off the project.

The project, which is taking shape on a four-acre site nestled between Tredegar and the Kanawha Canal, has ambitious plans to serve as a central hub for entertainment in Richmond. With plans to host between 25 to 35 major acts annually, developers hope to create a space designed to be a versatile venue for a variety of events, including cultural and civic gatherings like the Richmond Folk Festival and even graduations.

The project draws inspiration from similar successful venues, such as the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN, and the Live Oak Bank Pavilion in Wilmington, NC.

The Riverfront Amphitheater, a partnership between Virginia-based Red Light Events and Live Nation, is expected to attract a wide range of national and international acts and contribute $30.6 million in tourism spending by some estimates. The group says about 300 new jobs will also be created.

For more information and to follow progress, visit rvaamp.com.

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Trevor Dickerson is the Editor and Co-Founder of RVAHub.