The city of Bridgeport is choosing musical entertainment over baseball.
On Monday, Mayor Joe Ganim said the city has teamed up with Live Nation and Howard Saffan to bring music to Bridgeport’s Harbor Yard with the creation of a state-of-the-art amphitheater.
“The ownership of the Amphitheatre will be retained by the City and will be developed at the investment of approximately $15 million dollars through a public/private partnership,” a press release said.
“Bridgeport is excited and ready for this next step in revitalizing our city with positive development and providing music entertainment by bringing in a partner and company like Live Nation. We’ve enjoyed 20 years of successful entertainment with Bluefish Baseball and all that the Bluefish and owner, Frank Bolton have done for our community,” Ganim said in a press release.
Saffan, the local owner of SportsCenter of Connecticut, said the amphitheater will be a “game changer” for the city.
“The thought of hosting 25 concerts per summer is incredibly exciting for both the local business community as well as the concert goers from near and far. To have a partner like Live Nation ensures the success of our state of the venue,” Saffan said.
The Bluefish Professional Baseball Club said they were proud of the 20-year run the Bridgeport Bluefish have had."
"While we are disappointed the City decided to turn the ballpark into a 29-date concert venue, we wish them the best of luck, and we hope that all Bluefish fans will come out to support their first-place team as they drive towards a championship," the club posted on its website.
Besides the 70 regular season Bluefish games each season, The Ballpark at Harbor Yard has hosted more than 2,000 events in the 20-season history. More than 3 million fans have visited The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.
There are 20 home games remaining for Bridgeport Bluefish and the final game is Sept. 16.
A press conference is slated for Aug. 10. to officially present Harbor Yard Amphitheatre, LLC.
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