Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Reopens After Sandy's Devastation Emerging from the Destruction of Superstorm Sandy, Live Nation Returns Nikon at Jones Beach Theater to New York Music Fans After Intense Collaborative Effort PR Newswire NEW YORK, May 30, 2013 NEW YORK, May 30, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation Entertainment today opened the doors of one of its most unique concert venues, Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh (Long Island), NY, which was damaged catastrophically by Superstorm Sandy in October of last year. After months of reconstruction at a cost of more than $20 Million, Jones Beach is ready to open its doors, just in time for the summer concert season which kicks off tomorrow with a concert by country superstars Rascal Flatts. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130530/LA23417) "It was a priority for Live Nation to work quickly to return this historic venue to working order," said Michael Rapino, CEO and President of Live Nation Entertainment. "Of course it was important to the artists who love to play at Jones Beach every summer and to the thousands of fans that come to a concert there. But it was also vital for the local community and the hundreds of employees who work at Jones Beach – so we actually started preparing for the potential clean-up and reconstruction efforts before the storm even arrived. It's a testament to the single-mindedness and dedication of the entire reconstruction team that we were able to put Jones Beach back together in time for this summer's great lineup of shows." Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8—10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theater, which sits right on Zachs Bay,were submerged.Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged. But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site. It took an intense collaborative effort between Live Nation, insurer Zurich, architects EwingCole, construction company Skanska and the New York State Parks Department to get the required drawings, permits and other approvals in a very short time frame. The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue's infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models. The project created 225 jobs for local workers, contractors, vendors and union laborers in Nassau County. Many of those workers lived in the areas that were hardest hit by Sandy. "It would be impossible for a project of this scope and under this kind oftime frame to succeed without the intense collaborative effort between all of the companies and government agencies involved," said John Ahrens of Live Nation. "It shows how much can be accomplished if everyone involved shares the same vision." In addition to bringing the venue back online, Live Nation was also able to introduce many upgrades to the newly renovated facility. Here are some of the new features that music fans will enjoy this summer: oBrand new concessions operations oIncreased point of concession sales which were upgraded with the latest technology to help speed transactions, resulting in lower wait times for fans oAdditional soda machine locations oVIP area expanded by one third and was redesigned with brand new decking, updated furniture and renovated bathrooms. oNew artificial turf and brick walkways installed oBrand new orchestra seating oUpgraded Box Office Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was named the Top Amphitheater at Billboard Touring Conference in 2012 and has been recognized as a top venue by such publications as Rolling Stone and Complex. Jones Beach once again has a star-studded summer lineup for 2013: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 2013 Summer Lineup oMay 31 Rascal Flatts oJune 1 Pitbull & Ke$ha oJune 22 Fleetwood Mac oJune 23 Rush oJune 25 & 26 Dave Matthews Band oJune 27 Heart oJune 28 & 29 One Direction oJuly 6 The Rascals oJuly 12 Phish oJuly 13 311, Cypress Hill, G Love & Special Sauce oJuly 14 Sublime with Rome, Descendents, Pennywise oJuly 17 Daughtry & Three Doors Down oJuly 18 Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice oJuly 19 Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz oJuly 21 Blake Shelton oJuly 23 Train, The Script, Gavin DeGraw oJuly 25 Imagine Dragons oJuly 27 Bob Dylan and his Band, Wilco, Beck, Ryan Bingham oAugust 6 Wiz Khalifa & A$AP Rocky, B.O.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$, Pro Era oAugust 10 The Black Crows & Tedeschi Trucks Band oAugust 11 Honda Civic Tour Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson oAugust 13 Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, DJ Pauly D oAugust 17 Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls oAugust 18 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival oAugust 20 & 22 Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band oAugust 28 John Mayer, Philip Philips oSeptember 7 The Allman Brothers Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals oSeptember 8 Depeche Mode, Bat for Lashes Twitter: @NikonJBT #jonesbeachisback About Live Nation Entertainment: Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world's leading live entertainment company comprised of four market leaders: Ticketmaster.com, Live Nation Concerts, Artist Nation Management and Live Nation Media/Sponsorship. 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Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Reopens After Sandy's Devastation
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