New details emerge on proposed Amphitheater in Geddes

Artist rendering of proposed Amphitheater in Geddes.

Plans for the amphitheater in Geddes are moving forward. This is a first look at the new design.

Onondaga County says the new amphitheater could host concerts in 2015, in New York State approves the funding.

The Onondaga Lake Amphitheater could seat 5,000 people in a covered area, and another 12,000 on the lawn.

Plans also call for festival grounds, a waterfront pier and a smaller amphitheater nearby for community use. The amphitheater would give the Syracuse area a major outdoor concert venue, and could host shows in the spring summer and fall.

"People from here travel to Saratoga or Darien Lake or the Finger Lakes and we're missing that when we have a spectacular site for it," says County Executive Joanie Mahoney.

The exact costs of the amphitheater project are still being determined. The total will depend in part on how much environmental remediation needs to be done to this section of Onondaga Lakeâ??s west shore. Some of the money to pay for it will come from the $30 million Governor Cuomo committed to economic development in Geddes. Onondaga County is also allocating funds.

County Executive Joanie Mahoney says if state lawmakers give permission to move forward with the amphitheater in the next seven days, construction could start in time for a 2015 concert.