ANDOVER – Across the nation, many venues are sponsored. The new city amphitheater at Central Park will be no exception following an announcement at Monday night’s meeting of the Andover City Council. The new complex will be named the Capitol Federal Amphitheater, as the bank will invest some $750,000 over the course of a ten-year agreement to become the facility’s title sponsor.
Those attending Monday night’s meeting included CapFed First Vice President and Area Coordinator Rhonda Dennis, and bank employee Brandy Mitchell, who serves as chairperson of the Andover Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
“On behalf of the City Council, the Convention and Visitors Bureau and the citizens of Andover, we would like to thank John B. Dicus, Chairman, President & CEO of Capitol Federal®. A partnership between one of the state’s strongest banking institutions and one of the state’s best cities is destined for success,” stated Mayor Ben Lawrence.
Construction on the amphitheater started in early July and should finish this year. The amphitheater will not only provide a versatile venue but a beautiful attraction for the Andover community. It will include a dock, control area, and a flat concrete seating area in front of the stage, all surrounded by a slightly graded grass bowl.
Upon completion, the amphitheater will be able to hold over 10,000 attendees for events like concerts and festivals.
“Capitol Federal® is no stranger to supporting Andover. They donated the giant 20-foot Christmas Tree which is lit each year in Central Park during Hometown Christmas.” the city said in a statement Tuesday. “They also gifted the City one of the current K-9 police dogs, Thor.”
The city is already expressing gratitude to both Capitol Federal, and Westar Energy who will become an ancillary sponsor of the facility after they donated some of the electrical infrastructures to provide the facility with the power they need for large scale events.
“It is an exciting time in Andover. We literally have private partners lining up to be a part of this project and first class facility,” Lawrence shared.
“Westar Energy is proud to partner with the City of Andover in bringing a source of positive energy to the new Amphitheater! We look forward to more great partnerships in the future,” said Bridget Bowman, Business Manager.
The city notes that residents can keep up with the project’s progress by following the Capitol Federal Amphitheater Facebook page.