New all-season amphitheater at the PNE gets go-ahead

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The report to city council included this artist rendering of what the upgraded PNE amphitheater might look like once completed. (City of Vancouver - image credit)
The report to city council included this artist rendering of what the upgraded PNE amphitheater might look like once completed. (City of Vancouver - image credit)

A plan to build a new 9,340 person capacity outdoor venue for concerts and festivals at the Pacific National Exhibition has been given the go-ahead by Vancouver city council.

The current amphitheatre, built in 1966 will be torn down — with seating plans for the new venue to be completely covered to allow for all-season events.

A report from Vancouver's city manager and the president of the PNE says the renewal and upgrade of the amphitheatre will create a "world class outdoor space."

"It will enable growth for community and commercial events in the city, help establish a vibrant, year-round cultural space, and increase revenues to make the site financially sustainable and drive economic growth in the Vancouver music sector," according to the report.

The new facility, expected to cost $69.7 million, will have capacity for 4,500 bleacher seats, 4,250 floor seats and 590 VIP seats and will be scalable to accommodate events between 2,000 to 9,340 people.

The report asks city staff to expedite the project with the goal of completing the venue earlier than the projected date of 2026.

"Recognizing this is an important economic and cultural stimulus project that meets the identified critical void of a lack of performance space in Vancouver," the report said.

It is expected the number of events will increase from five to 49 each year with an additional 22 community events, resulting "in revenue increasing from $1.4 million to $9.7 million (estimated average annual revenue over first five years), which represents a 600 per cent increase in venue revenue," according to the report.

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