The 2022 live performance season on the Bangor Waterfront is getting underway in a venue that appears dramatically totally different from the way in which it did over the last full pre-pandemic season in 2019.
Live performance goers on the season’s opening present with Lynyrd Skynyrd on Saturday arrived at a venue with 4 new tiers of seating with snug, wider seats; a brand new, further entrance and exit on the nook of Principal and Railroad streets; and, maybe most significantly, everlasting loos, to exchange the moveable bathrooms from years previous.
There should be a couple of beauty parts but to be accomplished, however for essentially the most half, by the point Phish arrives in Bangor for its July 16 present, nearly all of the renovations on the Maine Financial savings Amphitheater on the waterfront will probably be full.
“I believe the 2 venues between 2019 and now are barely recognizable from each other,” Waterfront Live shows president Alex Grey mentioned. “It’s simply an enormous enchancment throughout.”
The broader seats meant that, venue-wide, the amphitheater misplaced almost 1,000 seats, decreasing its capability from round 16,000 to round 15,000.
“It was a tradeoff we have been prepared to make, to enhance the general buyer expertise,” Grey mentioned. “A few of that lack of seats would require us to boost ticket costs a little bit bit, however the tradeoff is that it’s only a far nicer expertise for the visitor.”
The 4 tiers of seating embody the 100 stage, the place the seats might be eliminated to create a basic admission pit space; the 200 and 300 ranges, with everlasting seating; and the standing room-only garden space within the again, development on which Grey says will probably be full earlier than the subsequent live performance on July 16. All three rear seating areas are additionally now on graded slopes, to permit for unobstructed views of the stage.
That grading took place from an sudden collaboration involving the venue, town and the contractors doing the work to put in a 3.8-million gallon sewage tank beneath the Bangor waterfront over the previous 2½ years.
The big mounds of dust from digging the tank have been in a position to keep on website and are actually contained beneath the rear seating areas, held in by metal retaining partitions. Discovering a spot to make use of the dust so near the tank eradicated a headache for town and contractor S.E. MacMillan Co., because the waterfront’s “brownfield” designation — that means the world is contaminated with heavy metals and different chemical compounds — meant the dust both needed to keep on website or go to a landfill.
One other component of the venue that’s almost full is the brand new, everlasting field workplace, positioned on the nook of Principal and Railroad streets, which Grey mentioned would even be full this week, alongside the extra entrance.
“The aim is to get folks in quicker and course of their entrance extra shortly, to allow them to get in and begin having fun with the venue and the present,” Grey mentioned.
A couple of different extra beauty parts will probably be added over the remainder of the summer season, although Grey mentioned that they count on all the pieces to be full by September.
“We’re actually trying ahead to all the pieces being carried out, as a result of this lastly permits us to start providing extra occasions with the neighborhood, like what we simply did on the Fourth of July,” Grey mentioned, referring to the free July 4 live performance with the Bangor Symphony Orchestra. “We’d like to see issues like yoga on the garden, meals vehicles festivals, perhaps the Bangor Band or Penobscot Theatre or the BSO once more. We wish this to be an anchor for the area that individuals in Bangor might be pleased with.”