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03-03-1999No Box Seats at Red Rocks

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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."