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Officials discussing plans for outdoor entertainment venue in Pikeville

PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - City officials in Pikeville say their hotels remain booked during the week but they want to get folks into their city on the weekends. Adding an outdoor entertainment venue is something they hope will help achieve this goal.

Pikeville officials say many changes have taken place their city through the years.

City Commissioner Barry Chaney says, "When people come into this city, if they haven't been here in awhile they can't believe the change and if they've never been here they fall in love with it."

Much of that is due to an increase in tourism. Thanks to events like the many Hatfield and McCoy events, Muscle on Main, Hillbilly Days, and the addition of drag races.

Administrator of City Operations Sean Cochran says, "Looking at last year and the events we had....every year they get better and better, more and more people coming to visit."

Officials show no signs of slowing down wanting to build on the success and now discussing plans turn the riverfill into an entertainment venue.

Plans that include transforming the riverbank into amphitheater style seating...creating an outdoor venue right in the middle of Downtown Pikeville that will hold approximately 2,500 people.

The seating will overlook the entire riverfill lot that will become a versatile stage.

Chaney says, "Available for groups who want to put on events like evangelistic outreach, outdoor concerts, outdoor theater and of course drag races will still be down here."

Officials say this will open up the city to host a wide variety of events, in hopes of bringing more folks into Pikeville.

The City Commission says they will now look at bids for construction and look to see if this project will be able to pay for itself, making it beneficial for both the city and its citizens.

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