Now that 2022’s concert season is over, officials at Red Rocks Amphitheatre are launching construction and renovation projects that they warn will restrict access to some parts of the venue through April 2023.
The Morrison-based amphitheater, which is owned by the city of Denver, over the weekend bid farewell to its last regular show of the 2022 season — which resulted in more than 200 concert, film and fitness events, according to city officials. As in recent years, the majority of those were concerts booked by Denver-based mega-promoter AEG Presents Rocky Mountains, whose spin-off ticketing company AXS also sells all tickets for city events.
But even as the Red Rocks season seems to get longer ever year, on Wednesday, Nov. 16, there’s a hard stop. Here’s what to watch for, according to city officials:
- A south ramp replacement will address the fact that the iconic path, which provides access to the venue from the south parking lots, “has served its useful life expectancy.” The new south ramp will be constructed between November 2022 and April 2023 “with a design that respects the original structure’s aesthetic while meeting modern structural standards.”
- The top plaza and row one of the amphitheater will get modified slopes “for increased wheelchair accessibility.” Last month, venue officials also said they would add more wheelchair-accessible seats and paving projects following a $48,000 payment that settled a claim that alleged wheelchair-accessible seats were more expensive than other seats in the city-owned venue, according to the Colorado Sun.
- The first phase of a “multi-phase” visitor center project will focus on the Ship Rock Grille and Kitchen, and the rebuild of the north restrooms. “The restaurant will be reconfigured to make the bar more visible and inviting,” officials wrote, while “the kitchen will be electrified with an improved layout.” (We hope they don’t mean literally). The restrooms will also be updated “with the addition of a family restroom and improved accessibility.”
The projects will close the Red Rocks’ Visitor Center throughout the construction window, and access to the amphitheater “will continue to be maintained via the north trail and east stairs entrances.”
The public can still visit these entrances — during normal business hours — and park trails will remain open, as well as the Trading Post.
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