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Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Nikon at Jones Beach Theater re-opens this weekend for 2013 summer concert season

Before and after: Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
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As you surely remember, last October’s Hurricane Sandy put a lot of things underwater. One of them was outdoor concert amphitheater Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre. Live Nation has been busy renovating ever since the water receeded:

Along with much of the coastal regions throughout New York and New Jersey, Superstorm Sandy inflicted catastrophic damage on the venue. Sandy generated a storm surge of 8–10 feet, and the ground floor, sub-structures and pathways under Jones Beach Theatre, which sits right on Zachs Bay, were submerged. Much of the 14,000 seat venue was impacted from the surge, from the stage to the seats, the backstage and concessions and VIP areas were all severely damaged.

But before construction could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment had to be removed from the site…

…The stage and boardwalk and their substructures had to be completely rebuilt from scratch. More than 9 miles of special MCM cable had to be replaced in the tunnels and access ways below the venue. All the doors on the main level, more than 200 in total, had to be replaced. Where possible the venue’s infrastructure was redesigned to mitigate any future damages (i.e. the main electrical system was relocated to the second floor, above the 100 year floodplain) and replacement appliances and equipment were upgraded to energy efficient models.

The renovated Nikon at Jones Beach Theater was finished just in time for the 2013 season that kicks off Friday (5/31) with…Rascal Flatts.

Concerts at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater that you might be more interested in include, Fleetwood Mac on June 22, Bob Dylan/Wilco/Beck on July 27, and Depeche Mode/Bat for Lashes on September 8. The outdoor venue’s entire summer schedule is below.


Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – 2013 Summer Lineup
May 31 Rascal Flatts
June 1 Pitbull & Ke$ha
June 22 Fleetwood Mac
June 23 Rush
June 25 & 26 Dave Matthews Band
June 27 Heart
June 28 & 29 One Direction
July 6 The Rascals
July 12 Phish
July 13 311, Cypress Hill, G Love & Special Sauce
July 14 Sublime with Rome, Descendents, Pennywise
July 17 Daughtry & Three Doors Down
July 18 Big Time Rush & Victoria Justice
July 19 Lil Wayne, T.I. and 2 Chainz
July 21 Blake Shelton
July 23 Train, The Script, Gavin DeGraw
July 25 Imagine Dragons
July 27 Bob Dylan and his Band, Wilco, Beck, Ryan Bingham
August 6 Wiz Khalifa & A$AP Rocky, B.O.B, Trinidad James, Joey Bada$$,
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August 10 The Black Crows & Tedeschi Trucks Band
August 11 Honda Civic Tour Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson
August 13 Backstreet Boys, Jesse McCartney, DJ Pauly D
August 17 Matchbox Twenty, Goo Goo Dolls
August 18 Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival
August 20 & 22 Jimmy Buffett & The Coral Reefer Band
August 28 John Mayer, Philip Philips
September 7 The Allman Brothers Band, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
September 8 Depeche Mode, Bat for LashesSeptember 8 Depeche Mode, Bat for Lashes

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