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Both the Alabama Tourism Department (ATD) and the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center (BJCC) have agreed to help bring Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre to North Birmingham. 

According to reports, last week, the ATD offered to give $3 million over three years to support the construction of the new amphitheater in Birmingham, which will replace the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham.

The BJCC board of directors met Monday and agreed to fund the project as well.

They plan to invest $5 million upfront and become the official owners of the amphitheater, which would be managed by Live Nation. 

Live Nation currently manages the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Shelby County, which they will shut down if the Birmingham theater comes to fruition.

If the project moves forward, the BJCC will also borrow $30 million over the next 30 years to fund the rest of the construction.

The Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau (BCVB) approved a motion in October to move forward with a new $50 million amphitheater.

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.

The Jefferson County Commission and the Birmingham City Council still must vote to offer their financial support, which will determine whether the project can move forward.

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