A Look Behind the Scenes at the Centre of Tallahassee

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Posted at 5:00 PM, Oct 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-11-09 05:56:48-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- After months of construction, the Centre of Tallahassee is still coming together, and developers are excited about its future.

The amphitheater will hold more than 6,700 seats with a standing room capacity of up to 10,000. The city will vote on whether or not to approve that standing room only expansion on November 9.

The amphitheater is scheduled to open the first week of December, where The Tallahassee Ballet will perform "The Nutcracker."

Developers are making an effort to keep noise from disturbing the community by focusing sound within the amphitheater. Acoustic drapery will be installed at the top of the stage area, and bass tweeters will be put at the bottom.

Residents have voiced concerns over noise, and developers are encouraging them to tour the Centre this week. Alex Baker, the CEO of Blackwater Resources - the mall's developer, says he wants to assure the community that the Centre will be a welcome addition to the area. To sign up for a tour, contact the Centre at 850-385-7145.

On Tuesday, the Centre signed Garnet and Gold to lease a space by a new corridor being built. The business says this is in addition to the location at Governor's Square Mall.

On November 20, an indoor skating rink will open to the public. Developers say they may keep it open until Valentine's Day.

A trolley will pick up patrons and drop them off at various locations at the mall. The School of Arts and Sciences at the Centre will be based at the mall in January.

As for the amphitheater, Pepsi has signed on to be the main sponsor of an annual concert series. Developers hope to start the series in March 2016. The goal is to host 30 events in a full year. At this time, they have not released the names of any performers.

Tallahassee city commissioners are scheduled to vote on a noise ordinance policy Wednesday.

The mall's developers say they plan to announce a major tenant tied to the amphitheater pending that vote.