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Oak Mountain Ampitheater loses sponser

Sara S., Staff Reporter
March 1, 2012
Filed under News

Verizon Wireless has recently dropped its six-year sponsorship with the Oak Mountain Amphitheater. Although the amphitheater staff is optimistic about finding a replacement and has been searching among local Birmingham businesses for a new sponsor, venue officials said the loss could mean hard times for the future of the former Verizon Wireless Music Center, now called Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

Competing against the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater and other Birmingham concert arenas, Oak Mountain Amphitheater’s future could now be in jeopardy without a sponsor. The amphitheatre is still scheduled to host Rise Against and A Day to Remember on April 26, and has several other upcoming but unannounced shows throughout the concert season.

The Venue General Manager Patrick Boone said he is looking for other sponsors for the music center, but he said Verizon’s departure will not have a “big impact” on the venue’s financial health.

Venue General Manager Patrick Boone stays optimistic about the future of the music center.

“We are always looking for sponsors, but I don’t see it being a big impact for us here locally,” Boone said, “everything is still completely the same as far as we are concerned… We are going to have some great country bands, and we’ve got several rock bands that haven’t played at our venue in several years.”

Senior Stetson D. hopes that the Oak Mountain Amphitheater will continue to host concerts.

“I love going to the Amphitheater for concerts because it is close by and usually sells cheaper tickets. I would hate to see something else takes its place.”

Senior Glenda L. is more indifferent to the matter.

“I don’t really go to many of Oak Mountain’s concerts because it is outside. Plus the parking can sometimes be really hectic.”

No word is given on the upcoming bands planned to play at the amphitheater.