WAITE PARK -- Members of the Waite Park city council and city staff will be heading to Lincoln, Nebraska Thursday to get some more intel on building their proposed amphitheater.

Mayor Rick Miller says they have been reaching out to several amphitheaters in the Midwest to get a better perspective on their project.

"Some of the theaters we have seen have extravagant seating and landscaping. This one is more of a basic style so we are going to look at seating, elevation, etc."

Waite Park is currently in the design phase of the $7-million project. Updated plans call for roughly 4,000-5,000 in seating capacity, a 4% grade for slope seating for viewing, fixed and grass seating, and stage standing six feet tall.

Besides touring the amphitheater, Miller says staff will be able to ask questions with the operators and site managers.

"The people we're talking with that manage the amphitheater and promotion do the same thing in Nebraska. We're very interested to see how that runs and how the city and amphitheater get along."

Miller says state legislators plan to come out and tour the site as part of their bonding tours.

If all goes well they hope to go out for bids on the project this winter, with construction next year.


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