Denver's landmarks commission shot down a plan Tuesday to install 368
box seats at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, saying the plan would detract
from the "integrity" of the stunning outdoor facility.
"I don't like the idea," said Commissioner Barbara Norgren.
The unanimous vote came amid growing public anger that Mayor
Wellington Webb's administration was trying to commercialize the
treasured venue, which is famous for both its outdoor rock concerts
and Easter services at sunrise.
"This is my favorite place to see a show," concertgoer Mark Lindfors
told the commission. "I would hate to see a Democratic mayor sell out
to corporate interests."
"We're not going to give up on Red Rocks," said Ron Bernstein, Denver's
Director of Arenas and Stadiums. "We know what we need to do, but we have
to figure out how to do it."