Plano Shed Debut

Plano, Texas, officials were expected to open the city’s new Oak Point Amphitheatre April 14th with a concert featuring the Austin-based The Derailers.

Jim Wear, creative arts manager for the City of Plano Parks and Recreation Department, said the $2.5 million, 1,000-seat venue offers a unique view amid the 800-acre nature preserve.

“The setting for this amphitheatre is quite beautiful because [Rowlett Creek] is about 50 or 60 feet behind the stage and there’s a huge old grove forest,” Wear told Pollstar. “It makes quite a wonderful backdrop for the stage.”

The new facility, open from April through September, features a Tomcat stage, tiered seating, permanent restrooms, concession hookups, and sound and lighting that will accommodate a variety of entertainment.

“The demographic we’re aiming at with this facility is pretty broad. Everything from Shakespeare to county music to symphonic music to dance,” Wear said. “We’ve been approached by a lot of different groups about using the facility and we’re starting to get it booked.”

Wear added he’s contacted a local radio station about a country music series it has planned, as well as fielded calls from bands.

The amphitheatre and an adjacent special events area are the first phase of development at the park. Plans include hiking trails, a visitor’s retreat, park center and a 17-acre lake.

– Tina Amendola