City of Bridgeport to Develop Amphitheater at Current Baseball Stadium

The City of Bridgeport announced that it will be working with developers and an entertainment company to create an amphitheater in the space that currently houses its minor league baseball team.

Live Nation will partner with SportsCenter of Connecticut to develop the Harbor Yard Amphitheater LLC. 

“Bridgeport is excited and ready for this next step in revitalizing our city with positive development and providing music entertainment by bringing in a partner and company like Live Nation," Mayor Joe Ganim said in a statement.

The city announced on Monday that developers and operators have been selected to bring entertainment to Bridgeport's Harbor Yard. 

The ownership of the amphitheater will be retained by the city and will be developed at the investment of approximately $15 million through a public and private partnership.

Frank Boulton, owner of the Bridgeport Bluefish, a member of the independent Atlantic League, says the team is proud of its 20-year run. The city declined to renew a contract with the team after it expired last season.

 Howard Saffan, the owner of SportsCenter, calls the development a "game changer."

The venue will host 25 concerts each summer, Staffan said. 

A news conference is scheduled for Thursday to make the formal announcement.

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