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The Oak Mountain Amphitheater is one step closer to moving to Birmingham.

The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) approved a motion Monday to move forward with a new $50 million amphitheater. The new amphitheater would replace the decades-old Oak Mountain Amphitheater in Pelham.  

The project was proposed to the Jefferson County Commission in a work session last week. 

The proposal suggested building a new 8,900 to 9,000-seat amphitheater in North Birmingham, where Carraway Hospital used to be located, just a couple of blocks north of Protective Stadium.

Jefferson County Commission president Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News last week that, in order to move forward, the proposal would need the BCVB to relinquish the payment in lieu of taxes (PILT) they received from the Weston and Sheraton, the two hotels on the BJCC campus.

The move has garnered support from other Birmingham-area leaders such as mayor Randall Woodfin and State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills).

Waggoner said the new amphitheater will contribute to economic growth. 

“This is a great opportunity to bring a new entertainment asset that will serve our residents and bring visitors to Birmingham to support our local businesses,” said Woodfin. “This will also be important to the overall revitalization of the Carraway property, which is a key priority for neighborhoods in north Birmingham.”

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