City of Pelham discusses Oak Mountain Amphitheatre proposal

Published 5:07 pm Wednesday, October 19, 2022

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By LIZZIE BOWEN | Staff Writer

 PELHAM – The city of Pelham has responded to speculation that Live Nation could possibly be closing Oak Mountain Amphitheatre for a new state-of-the-art amphitheater in north Birmingham.

Jefferson County’s leaders pitched a proposal on Monday, Oct. 17 detailing a plan that entailed a $50 million concert venue be built near Protective Stadium in Birmingham.

An official statement was released in regards to the current status of the proposal to move the amphitheater to the Birmingham area.

“The proposal put forth by the Jefferson County Commission President came as a surprise to Pelham city leaders,” a Pelham city statement said. “After a number of conversations, it is clear to us that what was discussed in the pre-commission meeting remains just that: a proposal.”

The city of Pelham goes on to reiterate the partnership Oak Mountain Amphitheatre and the city have maintained for over 30 years.

“The city of Pelham and Oak Mountain Amphitheatre have been partners for more than three decades, and our commitment to the venue’s success remains steadfast,” the statement said. “In fact, the city council on Monday, Oct. 17 approved a new project to make improvements to Amphitheatre Road, which will improve access to Oak Mountain Amphitheatre, the Pelham Civic Complex and Ice Arena and the Canopy, a $60 million mixed -use development under construction directly across from the Amphitheatre. It’s also important to note, Live Nation recently invested a significant amount of money for improvements to Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.  In the most recent meeting between city leaders and Live Nation, the company emphasized its commitment to its operations in Pelham.”

Live Nation also made a statement in regards to the proposal.

“Live Nation enjoys bringing shows to music fans in the greater Birmingham area,” A representative of Live Nation said. “Birmingham is a vibrant live entertainment destination, and that is why we are exploring additional opportunities in the region. We will operate and book Oak Mountain Amphitheatre for the 2023 season and are still evaluating the future of the venue. We are appreciative of the great partnership we have with the city of Pelham.”