Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Adding More Seats
The St. Johns County Board of County Commissioners recently approved $5.4 million for Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s “Balcony Project” which will expand seating inside the venue from 486 to 608 - an increase of about 25%. If you've never been, it's one of the best parts of Ponte Vedra Beach. As locals, we attend events all the time and are thrilled to hear that not only will the venue be getting more seats, but also enhanced food and beverage points of sale, updated restrooms, an elevator and additional gathering spaces for patrons.
The decision to grow the venue comes at a crucial time, as entertainers are eager to get back on the road and in front of live audiences after enduring many months of Covid related cancelled tours. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall and St. Augustine Ampitheatre are both owned by the county but managed by the St. Johns County Cultural Events Division. They are funding the renovation with $8.9 million in grants from the SBA Shuttered Venues Operators Grant which was established to support operators after Covid related closures.
The current plans for Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s balcony include 190 stationary seats, with two rows on each side of the venue, and four rows in the rear. With over 600 seats, the venue will be attractive to a wider variety of entertainers and musicians. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall opened in 2011 and has solidified itself as a must-stop venue hosting up to 140 concerts and events every year.
Ponte Vedra Concert Hall’s diverse programming has brought some of the biggest names in live entertainment, including rock-and-roll legends like Graham Nash, Art Garfunkel and Lindsay Buckingham, emerging artists such as country-blues singer Charley Crockett and soulful bass-guitarist Thundercat, as well as renowned comedians like Kathleen Madigan and Rob Schneider. As the best Ponte Vedra Beach real estate agents, we always recommend customers check out events on the calendar.
The project will reimagine the inside of the existing structure to optimize the space and construction could begin as soon as late 2023. While the construction is underway, the venue will pause hosting events. We'll be sad to see this convenient entrainment spot go for a little while, but are eager for the good times ahead in the future Ponte Vedra Concert Hall.