Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Bonner Springs, Kan., is the first facility jettisoned by Live Nation to find another operator, as Wyandotte County’s board of commissions approved a pact with concert promoter Chris Fritz to manage the 18,000-capacity shed.
Fritz’s New West Presentations will replace Live Nation, inking a management deal through 2009.
The Capital-Journal reports that the shed will revert to its original name of Sandstone Amphitheatre and undergo a major "greening."
The Sandstone gig will not be a new one for Fritz – he managed the venue back in the SFX days and reportedly was one of its earliest backers.
New West plans to remove Verizon’s lower-level seats and make the shed GA, although the theatre’s second tier of seats would remain, according to the Kansas City Star.