Developers discuss South Waterfront amphitheater

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Portland’s South Waterfront may become the location of a massive new outdoor amphitheater. 

Jay Zidell confirmed Wednesday that the Zidell family of developers is looking to build a 10,000-seat amphitheater in collaboration with the entertainment company, Live Nation

The proposed amphitheater would be built on the 33-acre property known as Zidell Yards located between the Ross Island Bridge and Tilikum Crossing where past events like the Project Pabst music festival and equestrian show, Cavalia, have been held. 

Last year, the Zidells scrapped plans to build thousands of apartments, a hotel, office space and 10 acres of public parks on the land.

The family cited high costs and a lack of city funding. 

“Our vision for Zidell Yards has always included a strong, vibrant and energetic arts and culture element,” Jay Zidell said in a statement. “We believe this project is consistent with this vision and a great interim use for the property.” 

KOIN 6 News asked some residents their thoughts on the proposed music venue. 

Many seemed excited and started thinking about which performers they’d love to see at the South Waterfront stage. 

“We don’t have a lot of outdoor venues here in Portland,” said Jeff Allen. “I love going to concerts but it’s different when you see one outside.” 

But others were more skeptical about the proposal due to the large crowds of people such a venue would draw and the toll that would take on roads. 

“There are a lot of people that live down here,” said Raquel Moore. “We need stuff to do but it is pretty crowded and it would definitely bog things down a little.” 

Any development at Zidell Yards will take time. To move forward, the Zidells will first have to secure the approval of the city. 

The group said it doesn’t currently have an estimate of how much the amphitheater could cost. 

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