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Nikon At Jones Beach Theater Reopens After Sandy’s Devastation

May 30, 2013

Emerging from the Destruction of Superstorm Sandy, Live Nation Returns Nikon at Jones Beach Theater to New York Music Fans After Intense Collaborative Effort

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.

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“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 of time 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:

  • Brand new concessions operations
  • Increased point of concession sales which were upgraded with the latest technology to help speed transactions, resulting in lower wait times for fans
  • Additional soda machine locations
  • VIP area expanded by one third and was redesigned with brand new decking, updated furniture and renovated bathrooms.
  • New artificial turf and brick walkways installed
  • Brand new orchestra seating
  • Upgraded 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

    May 31                                 Rascal Flatts

    June 1                                 Pitbull & Ke$ha

    June 22                                Fleetwood Mac

    June 23                                Rush

    June 25 & 26                           Dave Matthews Band

    June 27                                Heart

    June 28 & 29                           One Direction

    July 6                                 The Rascals

    July 12                                Phish

    July 13                                 311, Cypress Hill, G Love &
                                             Special Sauce

    July 14                                 Sublime with Rome,
                                             Descendents, Pennywise

    July 17                                Daughtry & Three Doors Down

    July 18                                 Big Time Rush & Victoria

    July 19                                 Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2

    July 21                                Blake Shelton

    July 23                                 Train, The Script, Gavin

    July 25                                Imagine Dragons

    July 27                                 Bob Dylan and his Band,
                                             Wilco, Beck, Ryan Bingham

    August 6                                Wiz Khalifa & A$AP Rocky,
                                             B.O.B, Trinidad James,
                                             Joey Bada$$, Pro Era

    August 10                               The Black Crows & Tedeschi
                                             Trucks Band

    August 11                               Honda Civic Tour Maroon 5,
                                             Kelly Clarkson

    August 13                               Backstreet Boys, Jesse
                                             McCartney, DJ Pauly D

    August 17                               Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo

    August 18                               Rockstar Energy Uproar

    August 20 & 22                          Jimmy Buffett & The Coral
                                             Reefer Band

    August 28                              John Mayer, Philip Philips

    September 7                             The Allman Brothers Band,
                                             Grace Potter and the

    September 8                             Depeche Mode, Bat for
    Twitter:          @NikonJBT


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