Move over Lakeview. There could be a new amphitheater coming to town.

Plans are in the works to bring a new amphitheater to the Erie Canal Village in Rome, New York. And no, this is NOT an April Fools joke.

Owner of JGK Associates, J Anthony Stucchi has led the creation of the 5,000-seat open-air amphitheater.

"We are keenly aware that Erie Canal Village is iconic and that it represents a very important part of the history of the region. Without a profit center to sustain operations, it would be extremely difficult given today’s economic climate for it to stand alone as merely a museum and cultural center."

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Credit - Rocky Capponi/Facebook

Preserving the History

The amphitheater would bring in revenue for the maintenance and evolution of the space while preserving its history, said Stucchi.

  • Celebrate and uplift diverse artistic expressions and cultural traditions.
  • Foster an environment where all community members feel welcome, valued, and engaged.
  • Create interactive, dynamic experiences that actively involve visitors and locals alike.
  • Offer educational opportunities that enlighten and inform about the Erie Canal's past, present, and future.
  • Commit to eco-friendly practices to ensure the park's longevity and minimal environmental impact.
  • Collaborate with local organizations, businesses, and individuals to strengthen communal ties.
  • Deliver high-quality, memorable events that consistently exceed expectations.
  • Embrace creativity and new ideas to keep the park's offerings fresh and exciting.
  • Ensure the park is accessible to all, removing barriers to participation and enjoyment.

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Credit - John Ciccotti/Facebook
Credit - John Ciccotti/Facebook

Presenting Plan to Common Council

The first phase of the business plan will be presented to the Common Council on Wednesday, April 10th at 7 PM in City Hall.

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The community is urged to attend the meeting to voice their concerns, and questions, or show support.

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