Dayton leisure venues stay up for elevated capability for indoor, out of doors performances

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Officials from Dayton Live and Levitt Pavilion both said the state’s increase in audience capacity was long awaited. Although capacity is limited, they already have plans to make the most of it.

“We are hopeful and extremely optimistic,” said Lisa Wagner, Executive Director of the Levitt Pavilion.

Live music will return too Levitt Pavilion 12th of June.

“We need live music now more than ever and we can’t wait to bring our community back together, but we’re naturally focusing on safety,” said Wagner.

Wagner said they are in a good position financially to reopen this summer.

The venue will have a cast of 40 concerts and they are currently working on plans to socially distance the outdoor venue and 30% capacity utilization.

“It may not be like 2019, but that’s fine, we will still do it and we will still have live music,” said Wagner.

Dayton Live have already opened some of their seats to the live audience this winter. They were previously limited to 15% capacity.

“For the most part, we’re running maybe 5% of what we normally would, but we see a lot of hope on the horizon,” said Ty Sutton, President and CEO of Dayton Live.

While increasing capacity to 25% is a start, Sutton said struggling indoor venues will take more than that to survive the pandemic.

“I have to say Ohio has been very helpful with dollars and that kind of support, but it’s time we have real conversation,” said Sutton.

Dayton Live plans to fully reopen theaters this fall, according to Sutton.