“Former glory” has summed up the story of Frost Amphitheater for many years. But the nostalgic venue—arguably best known for long-ago rock ’n’ roll concerts featuring iconic bands such as the Grateful Dead—is getting a renovation that “will provide unique experiences we have yet to fathom.”
That summary of the performance site’s potential comes from Elaine Enos, executive director of the Office of Special Events & Protocol, who calls the gently sloped and tree-lined outdoor bowl “a hidden jewel on the Stanford campus.” The enhancements, aimed for completion in the spring of 2018, will provide better access for the disabled and more bathrooms for audiences, and improve the main entry plaza on Lasuen Mall. The stage will be reconfigured with a distinctive permanent canopy, and a back-of-the-house building will include a green room for artists and catering space.
It’s a tune-up, says Enos, that will “accommodate more expansive arts performances and concerts,” plus large institutional events and notable speakers. Expect the “memorable.” Just like back when.