A 2% lodging tax increase is paying the $17.9 million dollars it cost to build the facility and the first venue with Avett brothers is sold out, with following concerts on the verge of following suit.
Directors Wendy Riggs says, "I believe Tuscaloosa has no idea what's about to happen to it. I've seen venues like this completely change community."
The amphitheater has about 7,500 seats. "Every sold out show generates 350 part-time jobs. Of that, 335 are right here from Tuscaloosa. It creates thousands of dollars in our economy...through our restaurant shops and hotels," added Maddox.