Budweiser Stage Is Becoming a Year-Round Concert Venue
The renovation of Ontario Place will allow the amphitheatre to fit 20,000 outdoors and 9,000 indoors
Published Jul 30, 2021The Ontario government has officially unveiled plans to redevelop Ontario Place, and the plan prominently features a reimagining of Budweiser Stage that will see the waterfront concert venue become a year-round performance space.
A partnership between Premier Doug Ford's Progressive Conservatives and Live Nation Canada will see the amphitheatre redeveloped to allow for an outdoor capacity of 20,000 people and an indoor capacity of 9,000. The revitalization project is expected to be completed by 2030.
The provincial government notes that "the iconic amphitheatre lawns" will be protected, while the ability to switch between indoor and outdoor event hosting will become reality through use of "retractable walls to accommodate events rain or shine."
In a press release, Live Nation Canada touts a rebuild "using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts."
"The redevelopment of the amphitheater into a year-round venue will offer fans more opportunities to celebrate the live music experience with their favourite artists," Live Nation Canada chairman Riley O'Connor shared in a statement. "We've been making memories on Toronto's waterfront at Budweiser Stage for more than 25 years and we look forward to the next 25 years of music history."
Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture, added: "Live Nation has made the Ontario Place amphitheatre a landmark entertainment destination for more than 25 years. Their plan to redevelop the amphitheatre into a modern, sustainable, year-round indoor-outdoor live music and performance venue will attract more high-profile musical acts and incredible, world-class events than ever before. It will be a great addition to the redeveloped Ontario Place, and its role in supporting Ontario's social and economic recovery."
Budweiser Stage was known as the Molson Amphitheatre until it was renamed in 2017. Further details on the Ontario Place redevelopment plan can be found here.
Earlier this year, Live Nation opened a new concert venue in Toronto's East end in partnership with Drake.