What do John Mayer, the Dave Matthews Band, Rascal Flats and Pitbull all have in common? They are all set to play at the Sandy damaged but now rebuilt amphitheater at Jones Beach.
The music is back. After being ravaged by Sandy The Nikon at Jones Beach Theater is reopening Friday. But it has been a long road back filled with lots of repairs . The damage from the storm was huge. ” There were millions of gallons of water in here. There was water everywhere.” said John Ahrens of Live Nation the concert promoter involved in the rebuild. Ahrens says ” The seats were ruined. You had to rebuild the entire venue.” Dave Whitehouse of the construction company Skanska told PIX 11 “When I first came here I couldn’t believe how bad it was and I was hoping I would be part of the team to help put it back together. I came here my whole life.”
From the electrical system to the stage and all of the seating everything had to be rebuilt at a cost of over 20 million dollars. But after more than 7 months the hard work is done and a Long Island tradition is set to resume with a grand re-opening featuring the country band Rascal Flats and The Band Perry. The tradition continues. “People look forward to this every season.” said Live Nation’s Ahrens.
The workers who helped to make the re-opening possible are proud to have taken part in bringing back the venue. Skanska’s Dave Whitehouse told us “It was dilapidated before the storm came . Now it’s state of the art.”
There are 33 concerts scheduled this summer and they expect some 350,000 people to pass through the gates.