The Murfreesboro City Council voted recently to approve a finalized development agreement with Notes Live, Inc., to open a 4,500-seat, state-of-the-art open-air amphitheater in the Murfreesboro Gateway called The Sunset Music Colosseum on the Stones River.

The campus is set to be located at the southeast corner of Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Boulevard.

The multi-million-dollar Sunset Colosseum will host large touring acts on a live music entertainment campus featuring firepit suites alongside stadium-style seating and casual lawn seating, according to a press release by the city.

As previously reported by The Tennessee Star, the proposed music, entertainment, and dining project also includes a Bourbon Brothers Smokehouse & Tavern, an upscale, casual dining restaurant, while an adjoining Boot Barn Hall will hold up to 1,400 people indoors. In total, the venues are expected to hire 150 employees featuring weekly concerts. Additionally, Notes Live expects to see approximately 800,000 patrons per year across the venues.

“We are excited to finalize the agreement for the high-quality entertainment venture featuring live music in both indoor and outdoor settings,” Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland said in a statement. “The public-private partnership will add an attractive amenity to our City and elevate Murfreesboro in the Nashville music scene. On behalf of the City Council, I thank Notes Live for making this substantial investment. We can’t wait to see construction and live performances get underway along with necessary infrastructure enhancements to Medical Center Parkway.”

The development agreement calls for a number of offsite infrastructure improvements including additional signalization, median reconstruction, sidewalk, streetlights, drainage, irrigation, and needed utilities on Medical Center Parkway and Gateway Boulevard to sustain the future project. Additionally, as stated in the press release, the city and council have also identified the need to expand Medical Center Parkway to improve traffic flow with a three-phase road-widening project beginning in early 2023.

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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network.
Photo “Murfreesboro Amphitheater Concept” by City of Murfreesboro.