Tuscaloosa Amphitheater

Tuscaloosa, Alabama
City of Tuscaloosa Completed 2010

The City of Tuscaloosa has recently opened its Tuscaloosa Amphitheater overlooking the Black Warrior River northwest of downtown. Davis Architects placed the proscenium stage, flanking support buildings and seating for 7,470 to create a welcoming compound that will host a wide range of events. Located on a 15-acre site along the city’s Riverwalk developed over the past several years, the amphitheater adds a dynamic new anchor to the linear park with its 3 miles of trails, picnic shelters and other features. A monumental entrance framed by walls of native sandstone, exposed steel structural elements and metal panels leads to the bowl of tiered seating. The support buildings that house concessions, restrooms and other functions are fronted by steel-framed porticos that shelter pedestrian circulation and dining areas. These also mediate between the stage structure and the lower wings bringing visual coherence to the whole.