Nikon at Jones Beach renovated after Sandy, ready to open

May 30, 2013 at 4:12 PM
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NEW YORK, May 30 (UPI) -- Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y., has reopened after it was heavily damaged by Superstorm Sandy last fall, Live Nation said Thursday.

The Long Island venue underwent a months-long reconstruction, which cost more than $20 million.

The summer concert season at Jones Beach is to kick off Friday with a show by country superstars Rascal Flatts.

"It was a priority for Live Nation to work quickly to return this historic venue to working order," Michael Rapino, chief executive officer and president of Live Nation Entertainment, said in a statement Thursday.

"Of course, it was important to the artists who love to play at Jones Beach every summer and to the thousands of fans that come to a concert there. But it was also vital for the local community and the hundreds of employees who work at Jones Beach -- so we actually started preparing for the potential clean-up and reconstruction efforts before the storm even arrived. It's a testament to the single-mindedness and dedication of the entire reconstruction team that we were able to put Jones Beach back together in time for this summer's great lineup of shows."

Before repairs could even commence, more than 3 million gallons of sea water had to be pumped out of the venue, which then had to be cleaned from top to bottom. Hundreds of tons of debris and damaged structures and equipment also had to be removed from the site.

"It would be impossible for a project of this scope and under this kind of time frame to succeed without the intense collaborative effort between all of the companies and government agencies involved," said John Ahrens of Live Nation. "It shows how much can be accomplished if everyone involved shares the same vision."

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