West Texas Canyon Amphitheater to Re-Open - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/16/05

West Texas Canyon Amphitheater to Re-Open

After six months of being closed, the West Texas Canyon Amphitheater could re-open as soon as this spring. While the deal to change ownership is reportedly still being finalized, we can safely say that the new owners will be JM & I Inc., which also owns Jake's Sports Cafe at 50th & Slide.

American Idol alum Clay Aiken was scheduled to play at the Amphitheater this past September, until the owners at the time went bankrupt. Many musical artists have appeared at the location, such as Nickelback and Rick Springfield.

8/20/2004
Canyon Amphitheater Files Chapter 11/Aiken Concert Cancelled
Clay Aiken, will not be coming to Lubbock after all. The concert was cancelled because it's venue, the Canyon Amphitheater, has closed for business.

New owner, Scott Stephenson said their first order of business is changing the name to reflect more of an "events center" feel. He said plans include tearing down the covered area next to the amphitheater and replacing it with a two story events center. Stephenson would also like to create a beer garden atmosphere in the upper area.

Stephenson said the new name should reflect an events center feel, because they'll use it for more than concerts. "If you're having a big wedding reception we could do it here, or a quincinera or event for fraternities. We'd like to be another option," said Stephenson.

The deal should be final next week. They'd like to start working on it by late March and start holding events by May.

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