After signing a new lease with AEG Live Rocky Mountains, demolition to parts of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood Village has begun, making room for $5 million in improvements, according to Cynthia Madden Leitner, CEO of the Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA), which owns the facility. She said improvements are planned to be completed by May 15.
In August, MOA signed a 15-year lease with the Rocky Mountain division of the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) Live. The venue, which this year hosted Maroon 5, Kid Rock, Oddball Comedy Festival and more, was previously under the control of Live Nation.
“It’s an exciting collaboration to bring Fiddler’s Green into the 21st century,” Madden Leitner said. “MOA is working together with AEG to restore Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre and upgrade its ambience aesthetically and functionally. We’re building a state-of-the-art facility to take its place as one of the premiere amphitheaters worldwide.”
Improvements emphasize sustainability, with the addition of solar panels and a living wall, she said.
“The expanse of the main eastern wall — about 750 lineal feet — will have a vertical living wall with up to 25,000 varying plants that flourish in the dry climate of Colorado,” Madden Leitner said. “We’re adding an iconic and compelling floral piece that envelopes Fiddler’s Green with lush, soft, colorful patterns and textures.”
The living wall will be irrigated with water recycled from nearby detention ponds, Madden Leitner said.
Paul Kephart, with Rana Creek Design in California, will design the living wall.
“The wall has been envisioned for quite some time as a mosaic piece that creates a pattern across the grand expanse of the eastern wall,” Kephart said.
Additionally, plans call for revamped concession plazas at the venue, with a focus on accommodating patrons more expediently.
“The back of house will be completely redesigned and expanded to better serve the artists and their production crews,” Madden Leitner said.
MOA and AEG hope to book new and different acts in the improved amphitheater.
“Upgrading the facility will help attract performing artists whose shows were previously not able to be accommodated by the facility,” Madden Leitner said. “Fiddler’s Green will have the amenities to compete with other facilities on a more grand scale.”
Madden Leitner co-founded the facility, built in 1985, with her father, the developer John Madden. Madden Leitner’s son, Sky Madden, will serve as MOA’s project manager.
The amphitheater will continue to honor local noise ordinances, which vary and will remain in place, she said.
Colleen Smith is a longtime contributor to The Denver Post and the author of the acclaimed novel “Glass Halo” and “Laid-Back Skier” by Friday Jones Publishing.