PICS: New Del Mar Fairgrounds Live-Music Venue Planned

An architecture firm hired by Del Mar Fairgrounds owner/operators have revealed designs for a new 1,900-seat music venue at the site.

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The plans, which were unveiled at a 22nd District Agricultural Association’s board of directors meeting (the body that operates the Del Mar Fairgrounds) on April 11, are for an extensive remodel and renovation of the Fairgrounds’ Surfside Race Place (SSRP) location.
In January, the board approved preliminary design work (in the amount of $250,000) for SSRP's renovation (location viewed through Google Maps).
The under-used satellite wagering center has the capacity to host 5,000 visitors per day, but currently only ever hosts a fraction of that amount.
At the April 11 meeting, the board approved an additional $271,382 to be spent on further designs from Bastien and Associates and the acoustics firm of Veneklasen Associates. Current designs boast a 1,900-seat layout.
Second-floor seating is in the works. Another vote is set for May 23 in order to approve the overall project.
According to documents submitted at last month's meeting, the SSRP project would have a $11.95 million total cost -- with a preliminary timeline that has construction commencing by October 11, 2017 and a May 1, 2018 finish date.
During the April 11 meeting, Bastien and Associates included a portfolio of some of their prior notable work -- which happens to include the 25,000-seat, 72-acre Coors Amphitheatre (now known as Mattress Firm Amphitheatre).
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