New York (February 16, 2007)–The Starwood Amphitheatre in Antioch, TN has been closed permanently by parent company Live Nation; it is unknown whether the two shows that had been booked for its 2007 season–Charlie Daniels’ Volunteer Jam and a Brad Paisley tour stop–will be booked elsewhere.
The 22-year-old venue–the only shed in the Nashville area–was one of four that Live Nation put up for sale in January, the other three being sheds near Indianapolis; Columbus, OH; and Sacramento, CA. According to Billboard, the Starwood Amphtheatre grossed about $4.6 million in ticket sales last year.
Reportedly Live Nation is currently in negotiations with a buyer for the venue, and in preparation for the change, numerous staffers have been laid off; Live Nation’s booking office in nearby Nashville is unaffected. According to local newspaper The Tennessean, Live Nation spokesman John Vlautin did not reveal the name of the potential buyer, but stated that the pending sale was not with another entertainment company–a comment that led the paper to speculate that the buyer is a real estate developer. The 65-acre site had been appraised at $5.75 million by the city, but it is expected that the potential buyer will wind up paying more than that.