Owner of Gorge Amphitheater Looking to Expand
On concert weekends, the Gorge Amphitheater becomes the largest community in rural Grant County.
Now owner Live Nation wants to improve and expand the scenic venue, upsetting residents who are tired of battling the crowds, the drinking and trespassing that often accompany the concerts.
The Gorge is one of the nation's most unique major concert sites. It is far from the state's population centers and perched on a spectacular cliff above the Columbia River near the small town of George. Up to 27,500 people can attend concerts, even though the facility is fairly rustic.
Grant County Commissioner Cindy Carter, whose district includes The Gorge, ticked off the issues facing neighbors: traffic, littering, noise and trespassing.