Public gives input to new concert venue in Dayton

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – A new concert venue is coming to Dayton and on Wednesday night, people got an idea of what it will look like, and made suggestions.

The Levitt Pavilion will be in Dave Hall Plaza right across from the convention center.

In a matter of months, the popular free entertainment spot in the heart of the city will be getting a multi-million dollar makeover.

“I’ve been to just about every performance that they’ve had down here for the last eight years and they’re absolutely fabulous but it’s about time we have something that’s more conducive to the crowd,” said Dayton resident Cynthia Taylor.

She was at the public input meeting Monday night to see what Levitt Pavilion, the new free concert venue, may look like.

“I love it, it looks fabulous,” Taylor said.

The renderings show are not the final plans.

Developers hope the end result will include different ideas from each of the three current renderings before construction is scheduled to kick off in the Spring of 2017.

In all of the options, the stage stood still and will be located in the southwest corner of the park, west of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

“The primary benefit is that through the power of free music it brings the community together. So all people can enjoy the music,” said Jeff Ireland with Friends of Levitt Pavilion – Dayton.

He is one of many leading the way to make the project a reality.

According to him $4.2 million of the $5 million goal has been raised.

“It’s a great family friendly environment and it has been proven successful in city after city after city and we’re just really lucky to have this opportunity in Dayton,” Ireland said.

One concern that citizens had was if this new venue would take away from other ones nearby, like the Fraze in Kettering, or the Rose Center in Huber Heights.

Officials don’t see it being an issue, because the concerts that will be held at the Levitt Pavilion will be free.

If all goes as planned, the new venue should be open for the summer of 2018. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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