UVa Outdoor Amphitheatre Being Restored

April 12, 2010

The University of Virginia is sprucing up McIntire Amphitheatre.

Crews are restoring a 10-foot-wide gravel walkway on the inside arc of the outdoor performance space and are replacing worn places in the grass with new sod, among other enhancements.

Work is also being done behind the open-air stage structure. A 10,000-gallon underground cistern was installed nearby to capture rainwater and springwater that can be used for landscaping.

The 1,500-seat amphitheatre consists of an arc of concrete seats facing a 60-plus-foot stage, with a semicircle of grass in between. It was first used for the 1921 commencement ceremonies and still is used frequently for outdoor events.

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