Sandcastle Washed Away

The Amphitheatre at Sandcastle near Pittsburgh didn’t open last summer as anticipated and it’s not going to open this year either, according to operator Live Nation.

Originally called the Chevrolet Amphitheatre, Pittsburgh’s Sandcastle Waterpark bought the shed in December 2006 in hopes of moving it to a location along the Monongahela River, where the Riverplex Amphitheatre once resided.

Live Nation expected to have The Fray open the 2007 season, with "Weird Al" Yankovic, Goo Goo Dolls and Bryan Adams / George Thorogood & The Destroyers on the summer lineup. Instead, the opening was delayed to 2008 because of "an aggressive construction schedule" and a delay in obtaining permits, according to Live Nation.

This season is now a no-go, with the Pittsburgh Tribune speculating that the 5,000-capacity shed may never open.

Live Nation spokesman John Vlautin told Pollstar the company still hopes to develop the site. Sandcastle Waterpark, which occupies 67 acres and features 14 water slides, expects to use the Riverplex outdoor venue, with upgrades in sound and staging, for upcoming events.