Starting this summer Simpsonville will be having events in the cities amphitheater that seats 16,000. In the next few weeks we will see a roof over the amphitheater’s 80 X 100 foot stage as a national venue management companies starts to book events. The competition in the area should be positive for all. The theater would compete with the Bi-Lo Center in downtown Greenville which will hold 15,000. Simpsonville leaders want to grab the share of the market that would prefer to play in an outdoor venue. The management company SMG also manages the Carolina First Center along with other stadiums, arenas, and exhibition halls. There have already been concerts in the amphitheater during the Freedom Weekend Aloft, Shoutfest and Memorial Day weekend festival. The city will be adding offices, restrooms, concessions areas and dressing rooms along with the addition of the roof. The 2 cent hospitality tax will be supplying the funding of the renovations and upgrades. The total costs for Heritage Park will run over 12 million dollars.
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