Here's how a $6 million renovation has changed Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre
When you're near the top of the grassy slope at Fiddler's Green, the massive stage below dominates the foreground. It has hosted Bob Dylan, John Denver, Lollapalooza (back when it was still a touring event), Wiz Khalifa and plenty more, but in 1982 that stage was just an asphalt thumbprint next to the street.
Brandon Marshall AEG Live Rocky Mountains CEO Chuck Morris (right) and AEG General Manager Rob Thomas (left).
The lawn was there then, but it was smaller, and the facility mostly hosted community festivals and the occasional classical-music performance. Today, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre can accommodate more than 17,000 people and is one of the largest music venues in the state. And thanks to its newest tenant, AEG Live, it's undergoing a $6 million renovation that will update everything from the sound system to the concession stands. The majority of the work will be done in time for this weekend's Volunteer Jam with headliner Charlie Daniels; local policemen, firefighters, military members and other public servants and first responders will see the concert for free. To date, there are eighteen other shows booked at the venue this year, with more to be announced.
Eric Gruneisen Most of the structures on the grounds have been completely rebuilt, including this concession stand.
"We'll be working right through the summer and into next year to make everything as close to perfect as possible," says Chuck Morris, president and CEO of AEG Live Rocky Mountains.
The Museum of Outdoor Arts, a nonprofit organization based in Englewood, owns the amphitheater. MOA describes itself as "a forerunner in the placement of site-specific sculpture in Colorado," and in addition to an actual museum attached to its headquarters, it oversees the extensive collection of public art in Englewood's Civic Center. It also owns, among other things, both Fiddler's Green and the adjacent Samson Park.
Eric Gruneisen Among the many changes at Fiddler's Green Ampitheatre are a rebuilt stage and new speaker bays (at left).
Since 1988, the organization has leased the amphitheater to large concert promoters, including MCA Concerts, Universal, House of Blues and, most recently, Live Nation. MOA recently negotiated a fifteen-year lease with AEG Live, which now operates the venue. "We thought having a big outdoor place would be the natural way to fix the missing link for us for certain acts that want to play here," says Morris.
Along with Fiddler's, AEG Live Rocky Mountains now operates the Gothic, Bluebird and Ogden theaters, as well as the 1STBANK Center in Broomfield. It also books many of the shows at Red Rocks and some at the Pepsi Center. In total, the company could conceivably sell some 54,000 tickets to concerts on a single night in the Denver area.
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