A new layout and amenities will greet music fans this Friday for the first show of the season at Vetter Stone Amphitheater in Mankato.
This spring the site has undergone 365-thousand dollars worth of construction for new tiers of concrete seating, which will increase the capacity to 3-thousand 400.
Progress on the project has been slowed by wet weather, but City Manager Pat Hentges says the venue will be ready for the Three Dog Night concert.
“It’s very much like Franklin Rogers Field. Yeah, we were maybe rolling up a few extension cords and doing some final touches the day of the grand opening, but it got done, and likewise, the final touches are just being completed right now, sods being laid out.”
Crews are finishing work this week to install the canopy for the stage and handrails along with laying out the new seating.
“Most of the concerts now, and that will be critical to getting these concerts, is being able to sell levels of seating, quality of seating. Just like it’s indoors, the closer you get, probably the higher you’ll pay for the better view.”
The Three Dog Night concert on Friday starts at 7 p.m.
Gary Allan will perform on June 22 at Vetter Stone Amphitheater.