Ground to be broken for Harbor Yard Ampitheater

Ground is scheduled to be broken for the Harbor Yard Ampitheater, a concert venue at the site of what was The Ballpark at Harbor Yard, on Thursday, July 12, at 10:30 a.m.

The announcement from Harbor Yard Ampitheater, in association with Live Nation Entertainment and the City of Bridgeport, promised to “shake up the entertainment landscape of Southwestern CT and the entire region by bringing top entertainment to the Sound.”

In August of 2017, Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim, now also a candidate for governor, announced that the baseball stadium would be transformed into a “state-of-the-art amphitheater” with a public/private partnership spending $15 million on the transformation.

The City of Bridgeport will retain ownership of the facility.

Plans call for Live Nation to bring 25 concerts to the site each summer, according to last summer’s announcement. In 2016, Live Nation promoted almost 26,300 music events that were attended by nearly 71 million fans, according to a press release.

The Bridgeport Bluefish, a charter member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, an independent minor league with no Major League affiliations, called The Ballpark at Harbor Yard home for 20 years, welcoming more than 3 million fans, according to the club.

The ballpark has also hosted concerts, charity events, car shows, professional lacrosse, celebrity sporting events, University of Bridgeport baseball, Sacred Heart University baseball, the FCIAC high school baseball championships, professional soccer and more, in addition to 70 regular season Bluefish games each season. In all, according to the Bluefish, more than 2,000 events were held in the 20-season history at The Ballpark at Harbor Yard.

Groundbreaking for an ampitheater at the site of The Ballpark at Harbor Yard is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 12. The home of the Bridgeport Bluefish for 20 years is overgrown after the team learned late last season that the lease would not be renewed and a concert venue would be built on the site. — Mike Suppe photo