BJCC pushes new amphitheater forward with operating agreement, $30 million in financing

The Birmingham venue will be built just north of Protective Stadium

A rendering of the proposed new amphitheater in Birmingham.

The Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex approved an operating agreement with Live Nation to manage a new amphitheater planned for Birmingham.

The BJCC, which will own the 9,380-seat amphitheater, also authorized $30 million in financing for construction of the new facility.

“This is the culmination of a yearlong effort to bring together the partners and the necessary resources to make this project a reality,” said Tad Snider, the CEO of the BJCC. “It shows yet again that our community can accomplish great things when we work together.”

Site work is expected to begin by the end of the year, with an anticipated opening in the spring of 2025.

“This venue will be a great community asset for Birmingham,” said Jordan Zachary, co-president of U.S. concerts for Live Nation. “We are excited to partner with the BJCC to bring best-in-class entertainment and an amazing hospitality experience to both residents and visitors.”

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The amphitheater’s cost is estimated at $50 million. But the BJCC, City of Birmingham, Jefferson County and Live Nation are each contributing $5 million upfront to bring down the amount the BJCC has to borrow for the amphitheater’s construction.

The amphitheater will be located in the Druid Hills neighborhood on part of the old site of Carraway hospital.

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