Danielle Radin

Do You Want A New Concert Hall In Del Mar?

Many residents expressed interest in having a concert hall in Del Mar.

Del Mar could soon be getting a new concert hall.

Organizers with the Del Mar Fairgrounds said they are considering turning the Surfside Race Place into a 1,900 seat music venue.

The hope is to bring more people to the fairgrounds. When built, organizers say the venue would bring 80 concerts to the seaside town. 

Many residents in Del Mar expressed interest in having a concert hall in Del Mar. 

"I'm on board," said Sandy Desantis, a Del Mar resident. "Without a concert hall or music hall, Del Mar is just such a desolate wasteland.”

The project is budgeted to cost $19 million. Officials with the Del Mar Fairgrounds said they are hoping that money will come from private funding.

The Del Mar City Council will bring up concerns about the potential project at their council meeting Monday night. Some reservations come from possible traffic and noise that will come with a concert hall.

But officials with the Fairgrounds said there will not be a traffic issue, because the Fairgrounds has plenty of parking to accommodate the incoming cars.

For now, the project is just a proposal. The City of Del Mar said the next step is for the council to form a committee to address their concerns. 

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