TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Despite construction delays and concert postponements last year due to the pandemic, the Mill Event Center and Amphitheater is preparing for a busy concert season.
Tim Drake, owner of The Mill, created big buzz around town when he announced that Nelly would be the first performing artist at the venue in June. Drake said that after the setbacks other concert venues across the state have seen, bringing the “Hot in Herre” singer to town is a huge milestone.
“We’ve put everything we have into this venue and everything we don’t have into this venue,” Drake said. “So we’ve really jumped off and gone for it as big as we can during this crazy time.”
Drake worked with the Vigo County Commissioners Office for over two years to get this project finalized. Licensing, zoning, approvals and construction were all delayed due to the pandemic. A half a million dollars is being invested in construction on 64 acres. Plans for an indoor venue have currently been postponed.
“We’re glad we pressed pause at the right time,” Drake said. “It’s allowed us to tread water up until now.”
After a year of social restrictions, some residents believe the gatherings the Mill will offer are necessary.
“This gives the Terre Haute people the opportunity of coming back out and exploring their city,” said Terre Haute resident Dejanee Joshua. “Things have changed. It’s like a completely different city — it gives them an insight on what they’ve been missing for the past year.”
Concerts at the outdoor amphitheater will temporarily be at 50% capacity.
“I will feel very comfortable out there,” Joshua said. “COVID has been there for about a year, we should have a pretty good hand on what you should do in these situations. Everybody should have extra sanitizer and masks.”
Officials have not confirmed a name yet, but said the next Mill performer will also be a major recording artist.