Part of American Family amphitheater roof raised
Higher structure to improve stage capabilities

By Freeman Staff

Feb. 6, 2019

Construction is underway Tuesday on the roof for the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee.
Submitted photo

MILWAUKEE — A portion of the American Family Insurance Amphitheater roof on the Summerfest grounds was lifted Tuesday to almost double the height of the existing roof. It went from 39 feet to 65 feet.

The higher roof will increase stage production capabilities in the amphitheater, which will now have the ability to host larger and more complex tours. This portion of the project marked an engineering and design milestone of phase one of the redevelopment of the amphitheater.

About half of the current roof was raised, from the stage out to the end of the current reserved seating sections 1-3. The area that was listed was about 24,100 feet (1/2 acre) and weighed 607,000 pounds.

ALE HeavyLift, an international company, based in Houston, Texas, carried out the amphitheater roof lift. Some local companies that worked on Tuesday’s lift were Hunzinger Construction Company, Eppstein Uhen Architects, Larson Engineering, Inc., and Staff Electric.

Now the project will move to the completion of the backstage dressing room building.