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$40M amphitheater gets final approval in Colorado

The Sunset in Colorado Springs will have a capacity of 8,000 people. Construction is expected to begin soon.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Construction is expected to begin soon on the state's newest large music venue, The Sunset, after the Colorado Springs City Council gave final approval Tuesday night.

Notes Live Inc., the company behind the proposed $40 million, 8,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater, said Wednesday that it "plans to be moving dirt on the project within the next few weeks."

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The amphitheater will be built on the same property as the company's existing venue Boot Barn Hall, located on Bass Pro Drive in Colorado Springs.

Notes Live said The Sunset is currently scheduled to open in time for the 2024 touring season.

The company announced plans for the new venue in April, saying it would be "an aggressive new player in the independent live entertainment space."

The Sunset will host large touring acts and feature amenities like 60 VIP luxury firepit suites, high-end restaurants including a chophouse with a rooftop bar "carrying over 150 of the rarest bourbons in the world," according to Notes Live.

The venue's creators promise "an unparalleled view of the sun setting over Pikes Peak, America’s mountain, right behind the stage as each concert begins, flanked by the United States Air Force Academy stadium on the left and the iconic Air Force chapel on the right."

The venue is one of several venues Notes Live has been opening across the country in "entertainment deserts" where, they say, there are growing populations but a lack of high-quality venues.

"These are some of the fastest-growing cities in America, but the live entertainment options haven’t caught up to the population," Notes Live Founder and Chairman JW Roth said. "Notes Live venues will cater to these upscale demographics looking for a place where the overall experience is as good as the music itself."

“We look forward to working closely with the City, adjacent neighbors, Air Force Academy, the community, and those who share our excitement of being able to bring high caliber outdoor music performances to the Pikes Peak region,” Roth said.

Credit: Mike Searle
Notes Live founder J.W. Roth
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