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Coney Island's New 5,000-Seat Amphitheater Finally Opens to the Public

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After a relentless process, the theater is finally complete

The Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk has finally been unveiled after years of delayed and stalled construction. Mayor Bill de Blasio was on site to celebrate the opening event and do the honorary ribbon cutting, Crain’s reports.

"The opening of this world-class amphitheater is just the latest milestone in our ongoing commitment to a thriving Coney Island, with new affordable housing, open space, and even more good jobs on the way" stated Mayor de Blasio.

The $60 million venue, developed by iStar, can seat 5,000 patrons and will be the new home of Coney Island’s Seaside Summer Concert Series. The amphitheater will be operated by LiveNation and will host musical performances along with family shows, sports, and comedy events. Brooklyn Sports and Entertainment, the company that oversees the Barclays Center’s business operations, will assist with programming and branding of the theater.

The theater will also provide over 240 living-wage jobs, as de Blasio referenced in his remarks. The amphitheater was developed alongside a new 40,000-square-foot landscaped public green space that will open sometime next year.

The theater already has a series of events lined up for the summer. You can check the line-up out here.