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Sunday, June 18, 2000
Last modified at 5:58 p.m. on Friday, June 16, 2000
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Canyon Amphitheater brings another venue to Hub City


By CHRIS VAN WAGENEN
A-J Business Editor

The Canyon Amphitheater, a privately-owned complex operated by 19th & Weber Associates, opened its doors in June with the help of the annual Cattle Baron's Ball.

The amphitheater, which seats 10,000 to 12,000 visitors, was constructed on 30 acres of land that once housed the Farm Pac Co.

The entertainment complex is located at East 19th Street and Weber Drive about a half-mile east of Interstate 27.

The Canyon Amphitheater a joint venture involving Kim Morris Interests and Tanner Foster was expected to open three of its six planned venues in June.

In addition to the amphitheater, the partners were expected to complete work on:

  • The Cattle Guard Pavilion a roofed-in area that will provide a setting for small concerts and other private gatherings during the year.

  • The Winchester Room an enclosed 4,000-square-foot building that will provide space for catered private receptions and other meetings.

Other future development calls for completion of an outdoor beer garden and festival area, which is located on a second tier overlooking the main stage and pavilion area.

The partnership also purchased additional property to the south of the main complex that once housed South Plains Cotton Oil Mill.

Plans there call for roofing 1 million square feet of former plant space that will be used for rodeos and other dirt-related activities.

Developers of the Canyon Amphitheater purchased the property based on its terrain, which looks overlooks the city's Canyon Lake system, Mackenzie Park and the American Wind Power Center.

But the centerpiece of the project is the amphitheater itself, where a huge grassy bowl has been built to overlook a giant steel-fabricated stage that will support tons of lighting and other sound equipment.

Developers are betting that when all the pieces are in place, Lubbock will be the next stop for big name bands bands who currently must travel between other amphitheaters in Albuquerque, N.M., and Dallas during the summer months.


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