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Proposed San Diego Symphony Bayside Performance Center

The San Diego Symphony has a long-standing commitment to the area’s diverse communities and a mission to broaden audiences and access to the arts in the San Diego region. After 12 years of presenting its highly popular Summer Pops series at the Embarcadero Marina Park South, the Symphony has provided a proposal to the Unified Port of San Diego (Port) for the development of a permanent, highly-innovative outdoor concert venue called the San Diego Symphony Bayside Performance Center. This significant park improvement project will allow the Symphony to elevate its musical presentations with an architecturally remarkable and acoustically superior stage, allow the Park to become an important public resource as a viable site for a wider range of performances, and activate it year-round as a community gathering space and a landmark attraction.

The San Diego Symphony Bayside Performance Center would fill the gap as a venue for medium-sized concerts and events that currently have no viable option in the region. This new venue could be used as additional rental space for conventions or performances; as a site for celebrations, festivals, children’s programs; and as a community gathering space. Importantly, the proposed approach makes it possible to create a permanent, outdoor stage with the elegance and beauty deserving of the site and uses sophisticated acoustical technology that will deliver superior performances while minimizing sound bleed to nearby neighbors.

With Port approval, the Symphony will present the San Diego Symphony Bayside Performance Center as a gift to the community, providing significant financial support without the need for taxpayer dollars.

The Symphony looks forward to working closely with the Port on next steps and to the potential of creating an aesthetically spectacular destination that marks the importance of the outdoor experience and encourages people to celebrate their cultural experiences and their communities, together.


Images courtesy of Tucker Sadler Architects

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