Tuscaloosa Amphitheater road opens in time for Cody Johnson concert
Just in time for Friday night’s season-opening concert with Cody Johnson, the road in front of the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater is freshly widened, cleared, and open to traffic.
“We’re thrilled the city completed this just when we needed it,” said Kay A. Day, the city’s site operations manager. “I’m beyond thrilled and grateful. It’s beautiful, it showcases the amphitheater, and we’re going to have a full house for Cody Johnson.”
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In addition to brighter, cleaner surfaces and sidewalks, patrons may notice a smoother entry system, since the amphitheater has installed new metal detectors, similar to those at the University of Alabama.
“You won’t have to take your phones out of your pockets, your keys,” Day said. “We still have our baggage policy clear, so we’ll have to check it out a bit more, but we’ve simplified some of the ease of access.”
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As an outdoor facility, the Amp does not require masks, no COVID-19 specific restrictions, but sanitization procedures, including sanitization stations for public use, are still in place .
“Our city landscaping crews did a fabulous job,” Day said. “Everything is about to bloom, we are going to have good weather on Friday. The stars are aligning.”
Work began in late December 2020 to widen and replace the pavement of Jack Warner Parkway, which runs along the Black Warrior River, from Greensboro Avenue and Nick’s Kids Avenue (formerly 23rd Avenue), and between Fifth Street and Stillman Boulevard.
This is Phase 1 of a larger $32 million plan to improve public safety and foster economic development. Phase 2 was approved in January, extending the improvements east of the Amp on Jack Warner Parkway to 21st Avenue. Phase 3 is still pending.
The project also includes the replacement of curbs and gutters, the installation of sanitary sewers and water mains, the installation of underground utilities, and the installation or upgrade of landscaping, irrigation, lighting and security cameras.
Guests can park under the train trestle, west of the Amp, and in street parking spots in downtown Tuscaloosa. Free shuttles will depart from the Tuscaloosa Intermodal Facility at 601 23rd Avenue next to Government Park. The free 445-space, 24/7 car park will have shuttles running one hour before the site gates open, until guests have departed. For Cody Johnson’s Friday show, that means the shuttles will run starting at 5 p.m.
The east and west lots immediately adjacent to the site require pre-arranged parking permits. The ticket office parking lot (east) is also open for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking. Vehicles must have proper credentials.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, with opening acts from Johnson, Easton Corbin and Ian Munsick beginning the music at 7. All remaining tickets are priced at $65, $55, $45 and $35.
The clear bag policy is in effect. Prohibited items include umbrellas, outside food or drink, cameras with removable lenses, spray cans, coolers, picnic baskets, fireworks, chairs, illegal drugs, pens and laser pointers, noise-making devices, non-transparent bags, musical instruments, skateboards or skates, motor vehicles, video cameras or other recording devices, weapons of all kinds, drones, posters and signage (unless approved by the artist), and personal property that poses a potential hazard to others, as well as any other items deemed inappropriate or hazardous by the City of Tuscaloosa.
Shows take place rain or shine. Guests are encouraged to bring parkas or raincoats if bad weather threatens.
Smoking, vaping, or chewing tobacco is prohibited except for the areas designated at the top of Sections 201 and 205. Violation may result in expulsion.
There are currently no restrictions at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater related to COVID-19. If the State of Alabama introduces restrictions, they will be added to the website and social media. For more information, visit www.tuscaloosaamphitheatre.com.
The rest of the Amp season, as planned so far:
APRIL 22: Willie Nelson and his family, Drew Holcomb and the neighbors, Peytan Porter, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $99.50, $79.50, $69.50, $59.50, $39.50 and 29.50 $.
APRIL 27: Miranda Lambert, The Cadillac Three, 7 p.m. Tickets $130.50, $120.50, $110.50, $100.50, $80.50, $60.50, $50.50 and 40, $50.
APRIL 30: The Avett Brothers, Shovels and Rope, 8 p.m. Tickets $75, $65, $55 and $35.
MAY 28: Flashback Funkfest with Cameo, Midnight Star, SOS Band, Dazz Band and Lakeside, 6 p.m. Tickets $99.50, $79.50, $59.50, $39.50 and $19.50.
JUNE 15: The Black Crowes, opening act TBD, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $125, $99.50, $89.50, $69.50 and $39.50.
JUNE 21: HER, Marzz, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $125.50, $92.50, $72.50, $52.50, $42.50 and $32.50.
JUNE 26: Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lobos, Gabe Dixon, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $99.50, $79.50, $30.50 and $19.50.
JULY 21: Thomas Rhett, Parker McCollum, Conner Smith, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $159.50 general admission in the pit; reserved seats at $159.50, $129.50, $109.50, $99.50, $79.50, $59.50 and $39.50.