Here’s how a Richmond riverfront amphitheater would compare to similar venues

The development group, led by Red Light Ventures, reached an agreement with the city and wants to open an amphitheater near Tredegar in 2025


A rendering depicts the riverfront project, set to open in 2025.

Photo courtesy 3North

A 7,500 person capacity music and entertainment amphitheater could open on the riverfront as soon as 2025. The development team, led by music management company Red Light Ventures, says they’ve come to an agreement with the City of Richmond.

Initially unveiled in July 2022 by reporting from Richmond BizSense, the estminated $30.5 million project was delayed while the group negotiated with the city.

At City Council’s meeting on Monday, an ordinance was introduced for the city to provide an annual performance grant for the “Richmond Riverfront Performing Arts Venue.” Council will vote on the ordinance at a later date. If approved, it would be a 20-year grant with funds coming from the tax revenue generated by the venue.

The group wants to start construction this summer and plans to host 25-35 major acts each year, as well as civic events including graduations and nonprofit gatherings.


A map shows the proposed site for the venue.

Photo via city documents

The proposed capacity level has been compared to the Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville and the Live Oak Bank Pavilion in Wilmington, NC. It’s a bit smaller than the Orion in Huntsville, AL.

Here’s a quick breakdown of those venues and some shows that are coming up at each one to get a taste of what could be in store for Richmond.

Ascend Amphitheater | Nashville, TN

  • Capacity: 6,800
  • Who’s playing: Charlie Puth, Young the Giant, Arctic Monkeys

Live Oak Bank Pavilion | Wilmington, NC

  • Capacity: 7,200
  • Who’s playing: Boyz II Men, Dave Matthews Band, boygenius

The Orion Amphitheater | Huntsville, AL

  • Capacity: 8,000
  • Who’s playing: Weezer, James Taylor, Ja Rule + Ashanti

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