More than 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater proposed for Southwest Austin

The new venue will hold a minimum of 20,000 people, developer Craig Bryan said. (Courtesy of Craig Bryan)
The new venue will hold a minimum of 20,000 people, developer Craig Bryan said. (Courtesy of Craig Bryan)

The new venue will hold a minimum of 20,000 people, developer Craig Bryan said. (Courtesy of Craig Bryan)

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Residential towers will host guests for shows. (Courtesy of Craig Bryan)
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Developer Craig Bryan said trees lining the towers will reduce the development's carbon footprint. (Courtesy of Craig Bryan)
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Enclosed VIP boxes above will be climate controlled, with open air VIP boxes hanging below. (Courtesy Craig Bryan)
Developer Craig Bryan said he hopes the Violet Crown Amphitheater in Southwest Austin will help the city live up to its name as the live music capital of the world, even as the population soars.

The more than 20,000-seat outdoor amphitheater is set to fit more spectators than the Hollywood Bowl. The venue, northwest of Hwy. 71 and Southwest Parkway, will be uphill from Austin’s downtown and will overlook the skyline.

Bryan, a developer with International Development Management Co., said the venue takes inspiration from the Hollywood Bowl and Red Rock Amphitheater outside of Denver, Colorado.

Developers aim to open the amphitheater with a concert on Labor Day in 2023. Communication with entertainers is already in the works, Bryan said, as top tier performers generally book venues one or two years in advance.

International Development Management Co. is planning an entertainment district centered around the venue, with the first element—a golf-style driving range—planned to open in spring 2023, Bryan said. Around the same time, a distillery and tasting room will open.

The site will also include two residential towers with trees and shrubbery built into the outside of the building, which could create short-term renal options, Bryan said.

Bryan said a portion of ticket sales for each concert will go to local charities, including the Hill Country Conservancy, Health Alliance, local symphonies and first responders.
By Maggie Quinlan

Reporter, Southwest Austin/Dripping Springs

Maggie joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in July 2021 after a year spent covering crime, courts and politics at The Spokesman-Review in Spokane, Washington, near the border with Idaho. In Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs, Maggie covers education, business, healthcare, transportation, real estate development and nonprofits. Prior to CI, she graduated from Washington State University, where she was managing editor of the student newspaper and a section editor at her hometown newspaper based in Moscow, Idaho. Maggie dreamed of living in the Austin area for years and feels honored to serve the communities of Southwest Austin and Dripping Springs.