Raleigh Moves On Shed Design

Raleigh, N.C., is on its way to building a roughly 5,000-capacity amphitheatre next to its downtown convention center thanks to a 7-1 city council vote allocating nearly $60,000 toward a design for the shed.

While there are concerns about noise and moving forward on a construction project while the economy is uncertain, the city hopes to partner with major concert promoters to hold up to 25 shows between May and October, according to the Raleigh News & Observer.

Preliminary plans call for the property to be graded and part of it paved to accommodate 4,178 removable chairs, and include lawn seating for an additional 800.

Construction funds for the estimated $1.5 million amphitheatre could come from $1.5 million in capital improvement bonds for the project as well as $500,000 remaining in a convention center fund earmarked for site improvements, according to the paper.