Doug Marshall shovels dirt at the berm at the future site of The Amphitheater at Heron Ponds. (Photo: WBOC)
DELMAR, Md.- Music lovers rejoice: a brand-new amphitheater is coming to Delmar on the town's Maryland side.
The 7,000-seat outdoor concert venue, known as The Amphitheater at Heron Ponds, will be located at 9536 Heron Ponds Parkway.
On Thursday, Delmar, Md. Mayor Carl Anderton, along with several town and Wicomico County officials, joined in on the groundbreaking ceremony.
Doug Marshall, who is the owner of the property, said that the venue will offer a diverse range of artists at a reasonable price.
"It's very expensive to put on concerts and as you can imagine we have learned our lessons on how to promote them," he said at a press conference. "We learned quickly that the temporary structure was fine but there was no way to be noticed until we moved forward."
The first berm is expected to be constructed within the next two weeks.
Concertgoers can plant themselves in one of the 7,000 seats at the stage view, and if you want to kick around a ball while listening to live tunes, you can look for two soccer fields that will be adjacent to the amphitheater.
"We've never had anything like this on the Eastern Shore," said Jessica Kling, who is a new homeowner just down the street from where the concert venue is slated to be built.
"I actually came out to quite a few concerts and thought that this would be a great idea and came out and looked at couple of the houses that were being built, and decided I wanted to build one here and that it would be a nice place to live," Kling said.
For George Piperis, the amphitheater means lots of hungry people who could give his pizza restaurant some much welcomed boost in revenue.
"We stay pretty busy here and crowded on the weekends so it's something we are used to and something we can definitely handle," Piperis said.
Marshall said that he expects the venue to be up and running in about two to three years.
During the construction, there are plans to offer drive-in movies every Friday and Saturday beginning on Sept. 27 for $10 a car.
Marshall said that the project is all being paid for by millions of private dollars.
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