Conservation-inspired Thunder Ridge Nature Arena set to open in May

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Thunder Ridge Nature Arena, dubbed ‘an immersive outdoor music postcard from Mother Nature’, is set to open in May after a decade in planning, development and construction. 

The amphitheatre is located at Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Missouri, and has been created with the intention of combining the beauty of the surrounding Ozarks and architecture that is sympathetic to the backdrop. A specialised team utilising biomimicry architectural techniques has created an 18,000-capacity music venue that will still allow for the view of 1,200 acres of Table Rock Lake, inlets and forested Boston Mountain vistas.

“We all love our beautiful Ozarks and feel deeply proud to be able to share the beauty of the place we are blessed to call home with others around the globe for generations to come,” said conservationist, Bass Pro Shops founder and driving force behind the project, Johnny Morris.

The outdoor live entertainment experience will also include a luxury box embellishment called ‘The Nature Tower’, which will rise 12 stories from the Ozark limestone and dolomite earth. Four of its floors will feature VIP suites with bedrooms, unobstructed views of the stage and panoramic nature sightlines.

ASM Global has been contracted to manage and operate the facility, while Live Nation will produce live music events for the venue.

Country star Chris Stapleton is already scheduled to perform in July.

“We are so pleased to join with Johnny Morris to operate this unique and spectacular venue. This remarkable creation is more than a place to see a concert. It’s a destination in itself. A true experience unlike any other,” said ASM Global chief executive Rob Bension.

Live Nation’s president of US concerts Bob Roux added: “Thunder Ridge will absolutely be a must-stop for some of the biggest musical acts in the industry. The stunning surroundings, beautiful structures and the venue itself create an extraordinary musical moment for guests.”

The property’s land, buildings and infrastructure have been donated and included as part of a not-for-profit foundation committed to conservation.