MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Questions concerning the future of the amphitheater on Mud Island are rising as Memphis River Parks Partnership notes the lack of use within the last few years.
MRPP says the amphitheater was designed in the 1970s, opened in 1982 and hasn’t hosted a concert since 2018. Of the four shows that were held that summer, only one sold out.
Now MRPP is working to get the amphitheater back in tip-top shape and bring live music back to Mud Island Park but it comes at a hefty price.
According to a blog post by MRPP, a report by AllWorld Project Management found it would cost a minimum of $2 million for safety and structural repairs before the amphitheater can be used again.
MRPP says Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland and the Memphis City Council have allocated $4 million allowing for additional repairs and upgrades to concessions, ticketing and more.
Additional features like lightning towers, dressing rooms and VIP boxes would cost an additional $5 million to $6 million, according to George Abbott with MRPP.
Construction scheduling will begin once MRPP has received notification from the city that the funds are available.