Monday afternoon linksters at Westridge Golf Course had their putts serenaded by recorded strains of Kenny G.
Play a round about this time next year, and you may hear the real thing.Amid the jazzy music, West Valley civic and business leaders announced plans Monday to construct a 17,000 capacity outdoor concert amphitheater, to be dubbed "The Ridge," on city property just west of the golf course at 5950 W. 5055 South.
The site is expected to host its first event in the summer of 1999.
"This is another red-letter day in West Valley City history," said City Manager John Patterson at Monday's gathering.
Patterson said planners and architects are designing a concert venue that promises to afford visitors a superb view of the Wasatch and Oquirrh Mountains and entire Salt Lake Valley.
The facility will include fixed seating for 5,000 and room for 12,000 on grassy slopes.
Concertgoers will be able to access the future amphitheater from I-215 or I-80 via 5600 or 6400 West. A parking area for 8,000 vehicles is in the works.
Large amphitheaters don't come cheap.
Construction of the venue is expected to cost between $6 million and $8 million funded by revenue bonds.
"There won't be any sort of tax hike for city residents," said West Valley City spokesman Edward Quinlan.
The facility will be managed by David Elmore and Donna Tuttle, owners of Centennial Management Group, which now operates West Valley's E Center and the Utah Grizzlies hockey club.
A promotional agreement has also been established with Magicworks Entertainment, Inc., a booking agent that has recently handled acts like Janet Jackson, Aerosmith and Liza Minelli.
Utah Symphony spokesman David Anthony added the symphony will have the new facility in mind as it plans its 1999 season. "We'd love to perform here," Anthony said.
Tuttle said the future amphitheater strengthens West Valley's bid to become a sports and entertainment center.
"A great venue attracts great people," promised Steve Boulay of Magicworks.
When asked about the revenue possibilities of the venue, Quinlan said the city does not anticipate making money. Providing an entertainment service is the primary focus, he added.