Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Reopens After Sandy's Devastation

        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

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.


"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
  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

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