July 20, 2012
The Mann Center Undergoing Improvements For Summer 2013 Including A Second Stage With A Breathtaking Skyline View, Widened Lawn Seating, Enhanced Audio System, Three Brand New Video Screens And More
Back in May, we got intel that the Mann Center in Fairmount Park would be debuting an awesome brand new stage this season, called the Skyline Stage and Lawn, opening at the end of July with two concerts by Sigur Rós.
But the Mann Center, Philadelphia’s destination outdoor concert venue, recently released even more exciting news: there is a whole slew of updates and expansion planned for summer 2013.
Here’s a look at what the Mann Center plans to bring Philadelphia concert-goers by summer 2013:
Brand New Skyline Stage
The Skyline Stage @ the Mann (being used at the end of this month, then in more regular use next summer) will be located at the top of the Mann’s Fairmount Park grounds behind the Crescendo restaurant tent. It’s set to accommodate anywhere between 500 and 4,000 patrons in a general admission setting.
The Skyline Stage’s lawn, where listeners will stand, is actually larger than the current Mann Center lawn, and the stage is smaller and portable, making for a true festival feel where audiences stand up close to the performers on the grass, in the park, framed by a breathtaking skyline view (hence the name).
Enlargement of the Lawn
The current lawn will be expanded by eliminating some terrace seating and bringing the grassy semicircle closer to the back edge of the theater. According to the Inquirer, the current sea of 4,800 green plastic seats will be removed, replaced with 2,000 new seats.
Brand New Video Screens
As Mann Center CEO Catherine Cahill told the Inquirer, the visual element of the Mann experience is more important than ever before as younger, more visual generations become the prime audience target. To wit, three new video screens will be mounted for lawn viewers’ benefit.
Better Audio for Lawn Seats
Watching a summertime concert on the lawn is a quintessential warm weather experience, with the only downside being the sacrifice of pristine audio quality. Luckily, a new sweeping sound system is being designed for the Mann Center that will heighten your experience.
Very cool stuff is in store to enhance your Mann Center experience, with the Skyline Stage already set to be debuted in just over a week.
You can take an incredibly cool 360-degree virtual tour of the Mann Center here — the top of the hill is where the Skyline Stage will be set up — but you really need to see it for yourself to appreciate its dynamism.
Want to leave your mark on the Mann? Name a Paving Stone, Bench, Tree, or Terrace Seat and help sponsor the renovations.
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