The Colorado Springs City Council recently approved an outdoor amphitheater big enough for 8,000 people, and if you immediately thought about Kid Rock concerts and Lynyrd Skynyrd cover bands, you’re not alone.
According to an article from Live for Live Music, the $40 million amphitheater was proposed by entertainment company Notes Live and will be called The Sunset.
“Now wait just a minute,” we can hear you say. “Colorado already has a pristine and tiktok-worthy outdoor venue where they charge you $16 dollars for a pint of Coors Light. Are you sure we need another one?”
We were right there with you at first, but the more we think about it, the more that we wonder if Notes Live might be on to something.
Colorado Springs is Colorado’s second biggest city, with the population increasing 69% (nice) since 1992.
What’s more: a big percentage of this population growth comes from millennials, with the population of 18 to 34-year-olds increasing 14.7% between 2010 and 2015.
According to our parents, that makes for a metric shitton of entitlement and avocado toast.
With such a rapidly growing population, it makes sense: the denizens of Colorado Springs also need a parking lot where they can buy questionable pills and powders from a toothy-looking, lanky man who still wears those Hot Topic pants that are ten sizes too large.
Red Rocks is certainly a great place to lose your car keys in a sea of Toyota Tacomas and tallboy PBR cans while your pupils are blown out to the size of quarters, but let’s be honest: our fellow music-loving compatriots who live an hour or two south are in for either a very dangerous drive or a very expensive uber ride home.
“Backed with $40 million in financing the venue will host the largest touring acts in the country in style and comfort on the same campus as the company’s current mid-sized music venue Boot Barn Hall,” explains a dry press release that reads like it was written by a sentient public relations robot held hostage in a sweat shop. “Designed by industry-renowned architects, the music coliseum will offer an unparalleled view of the sun setting over Pikes Peak, America’s mountain, right behind the stage as each concert begins.”
Ground is expected to be broken on the project within the next few weeks.
Currently, the Sunset’s website appears to be selling suites with fireplaces located above the general admission seating, which we personally thought was some pretty dystopian shit.
In case your brain works like ours does, we have no idea if you’d be able to sleep in your fireplace suite year round in an attempt to subvert the Colorado housing market.