MORRISON, Colo. (CBS4) – It’s a solid move towards normal life. Colorado health officials gave the Red Rocks Amphitheater a nod to reopen it at 25% capacity.
“That and sporting events that go to an Avs game, a Nuggets game, and a Broncos game. Concerts. Then you know that things are getting closer to what they used to be, ”said Adam Shotts, visitor to Red Rocks, on Tuesday afternoon.
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The first planned shows are currently on April 23rd and 24th, when the electronic jam band Lotus, Red Rocks regulars, will perform.
“Oh good vibes, I mean, I’ve seen her here twice,” said Eli Keller.
“Much better than the 175 we had last fall, last summer,” said Brian Kitts, director of marketing, communications and development for Denver Arts and Venues, who oversees Red Rocks.
The plan provides four quadrants for general approval. Not only do fans park in an area set up for their quadrant, they also go through their own entrance and exit, receive a bracelet that identifies their area, and visit concessions and toilets within their quadrant. Masks are required. Groups of ticket buyers can sit together, but not with someone in front of or behind them.
The organizers are working to book acts that are ready to play with the reduced capacity. This is the same capacity the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment approved for Coors Field and Ball Arena.
Although at the Ball Arena the NBA and NHL have rules on how to keep fans out of areas near players, this week they will start allowing fans below 25%.
“I think we’ll be pretty busy by the end of summer,” said Kitts.
The list of canceled shows remains long. Many bands have to resume their tours first, as the costs of travel and COVID-19 are significant for bands and staff and many other cities are not yet open enough to allow concerts.
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“There are many artists who cannot play for 2,500 people for many reasons,” said Kitts. “And so they have a chance to reschedule these shows for next year, and when that happens … our promoter partners are working pretty hard to make sure those nights at Red Rocks are filled for this season.”
That may mean acts have a Denver anchor like Lotus, which has some Denver members. Big names who postponed the performance last year may do it again, but some may want to play bad enough.
“I think there are bands that would do that and probably good bands. Whether it’s your band and it’s worth paying 2,500 to see you is another question. “
Some acts may want to generate income by streaming live from a legendary location like Red Rocks.
“There are bands out there that can attract a global audience by doing this type of live stream in addition to or instead of a full venue.”
Fans who have tickets to canceled shows may be given priority purchase options for rescheduled dates. Others may want to hold onto tickets to see if the pandemic improves enough for an even wider opening.
Later in the season, Kitts sees the potential for this starting in August and beyond.
“Hopefully a lot of these shows play out pretty close to capacity in August and September and later in the year. It’s not guaranteed, but we feel pretty good about it. “
Fans are thrilled with the idea of sitting and listening to music and waiting to see who gets booked. Eli Keller is ready to see what Lotus has come up with.
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“I hope to hear a lot of new music that you’ve been working on over the last year and all that good stuff.”