Northeast State opens new Amphitheater at Blountville

As Western civilization’s earliest venue for gathering and drama, Northeast State officials hope the ancient Greeks and Romans would approve of the College’s newest outdoor space.

Northeast State unveiled its new outdoor amphitheater at a grand opening event on Sept. 10 at the Blountville campus. Located between Wayne Basler Library and the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts, the College broke ground on the amphitheater’s construction earlier this summer. Northeast State President Dr. Janice H. Gilliam praised the project’s development and completion as a new space for students on the growing Blountville campus.

The amphitheater seats an audience of more than 400 people. Armstrong Construction Co. of Kingsport won the bid and completed construction of the amphitheater in early September. The amphitheater features multiple seating levels constructed of brick and concrete.

Good weather conditions throughout the summer kept the amphitheater construction on schedule. The open air amphitheater will be used for classes, Northeast State Theater performances, and other outdoor events.

President Janice Gilliam talks about the new outdoor amphitheater.
President Janice Gilliam talks about the new outdoor amphitheater.

The amphitheater creates a new space of association for students and special events on campus. The warm weather of late summer made the amphitheater a popular destination for students in between classes.

Northeast State strives to provide the best environment possible to students with indoor classrooms and study areas as well as outdoor space to decompress and fellowship with other students.

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