The Nelson Amphitheatre, Concordia’s largest outdoor performance venue, serves as a primary location for many of our cherished traditions here at Concordia. From student orientation, A Night of Hope, Rock the Amp, and countless theater performances, this space has faithfully served our needs for well over 30 years.
However, “The Amp” has truly begun to show its age. Antiquated electrical services limit our ability to properly light the facility for evening performances. The lack of a permanent audio / visual system causes challenges on multiple fronts. Seating is uncomfortable and no longer ADA compliant. And if you’ve been to a performance here in the sweltering late afternoon, you know all too well that there is a substantial need for shade structures.
As we move forward, upgrades to the amphitheatre will include the installation of a permanent, yet adjustable sound and lighting system to meet a variety of performance needs. Seating will be reconfigured to be more flexible and accessible for both our students and guests. Shade structures will provide a much more comfortable guest experience. Finally, a new stage and band shell will serve as the focal point of the amphitheatre.
As we look to the future, these major renovations will allow us to do even more to serve both our internal and external communities here at Concordia. Imagine how this amazing new venue will help us bring thousands of new friends from across Southern California to our campus for outdoor concerts, recitals, and theater performances. Imagine how this space will help us to share the message of Good News with our students and our surrounding communities, and you will understand how the Nelson Amphitheatre will literally “set the stage” for where we are headed in the years to come.
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