Massive entertainment amphitheater opens on iconic Coney Island Boardwalk

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CONEY ISLAND -- There’s now one more reason to visit Coney Island’s iconic boardwalk this summer – a brand new, 5,000 seat amphitheater that promises more excitement to a neighborhood that already has everything.

Mayor Bill de Blasio was among those on hand Wednesday for the unveiling of the Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk.

The state of the art covered, open-air venue is the first of its kind in the tri-state area.

“The legend of Coney Island is a legend that grows now,” the Mayor told reporters at the unveiling. “This is going to be one of those special places in New York City.”

In addition to an eclectic lineup of performers secured by Live Nation, the venue will host free concerts, as well as a variety of community-based cultural, educational and sporting events throughout the year.

The Grand Opening celebration schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 1 – The weekend kicks off with a comedy performance from the stars of truTV’s “Impractical Jokers,” and New York natives, The Tenderloins.

Sunday, July 3 – Two of music’s most iconic artists – Sting & Peter Gabriel – will unite for a landmark concert singing all their hits on the boardwalk stage.

Monday, July 4 – Rounding out the weekend, Rock & Roll Hall of Famers The Beach Boys will perform on the Fourth of July before a celebratory firework show.

Ford Amphitheater at Coney Island Boardwalk 2016 Summer Concert Series:

1-Jul The Impractical Jokers
3-Jul Sting & Peter Gabriel
4-Jul The Beach Boys
9-Jul Maxwell with Ro James
10-Jul Hollywood Vampires - Alice Cooper, Joe Perry, Johnny Depp
13-Jul Culture Club featuring Boy George
15-Jul Jane's Addiction with Dinosaur Jr. and Nothing
16-Jul 311 with special guest Matisyahu
17-Jul Kidz Bop Kids (2pm)
21-Jul Billy Ocean – Seaside Summer Concert Series
23-Jul Slightly Stoopid with SOJA, Zion I, The Grouch, Eligh
26-Jul Travis Scott with special guests Metro Boomin and Madeintyo
28-Jul Latino Music By The Sea Starring Victor Manuelle – Seaside Summer Concert Series
29-Jul The Art of Rap Festival featuring Public Enemy, Ice -T, Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio, Naughty by Nature and more!
30-Jul Andrew Dice Clay - Back to Brooklyn
31-Jul Dark Star Orchestra - Tribute to the Grateful Dead
2-Aug Fifth Harmony - The 7/27 Tour featuring JoJO & Victoria Monet
3-Aug Erykah Badu with Hiatus Kaiyote
4-Aug New Kids On The Block
5-Aug Deftones with special guest Refused
6-Aug O.A.R. with The Hunts
7-Aug The Carnival of Madness Tour featuring Shinedown with Halestorm, Black Stone Cherry & Whiskey Myers
8-Aug Volbeat with Killswitch Engage and Black Wizard
10-Aug Boston - 40th Anniversary Tour with The Dirty Pearls
12-Aug Funk Fest featuring Kool & The Gang, Bootsy Collins, Morris Day and The Time, Doug E. Fresh
13-Aug The Avett Brothers
14-Aug Jill Scott
14-Aug ABBA The Concert: A Tribute to ABBA – Seaside Summer Concert Series
16-Aug Counting Crows & Rob Thomas
17-Aug My2K Tour: 98 Degrees with O-Town, Dream and Ryan Cabrera
18-Aug Rick Springfield with Night Ranger & The Romantics
19-Aug Flogging Molly and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls
20-Aug The Disco Biscuits Present: City Bisco
27-Aug The Dresden Dolls woth PWR BTTM
3-Sep Freestyle Funhouse featuring TKA, George Lamond, Judy Torres & more
4-Sep Reggae By The Sea with Bunny Wailer, Tarrus Riley and Capleton
7-Sep Bryan Adams: Get Up!
8-Sep Culture Club
9-Sep Widespread Panic
10-Sep Widespread Panic
13-Sep Willie Nelson & Family with special guest Aaron Lewis
14-Sep Phil Lesh & Friends
15-Sep Phil Lesh & Friends
21-Sep Don Henley