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Multimillion-Dollar Amphitheater Headed To McKinney Following Approval Of Development Agreement

A Colorado-based entertainment and hospitality firm is bringing the largest music venue in its portfolio to North Texas.

A rendering of Notes Live in McKinney

Notes Live will debut its $220M Sunset Amphitheater in McKinney following approval of a development deal for the project. The open-air venue at the northeast corner of US 75 and the Sam Rayburn Tollway will hold up to 20,000 guests and is expected to open in 2026, according to a news release.

The 46-acre facility will include 250 luxury fire pit suites, a reserved seating area, a landscaped grass berm and owners suites. The venue is designed to accommodate major touring acts and is slated to put McKinney on the map as a live music destination.

McKinney was chosen as Notes Live’s fifth venue because of its rapid growth, per the release. The city’s population increased by nearly 20% to more than 196,000 between 2017 and 2022, Community Impact Newspaper reported.

“They say everything’s bigger in Texas, and for the Sunset Amphitheater in McKinney, that was our guiding principle – bigger, and better,” Notes Live founder and CEO JW Roth said in a statement. “McKinney is an incredible community, and we can’t wait to build the most over-the-top venue on earth.”

Notes Live is expected to be a boon for prosperity in McKinney, injecting more than $3B into the local and regional economy in its first 10 years and creating more than 1,300 jobs. More than $50M in grants and incentives were awarded to the developer at the April 16 council meeting.

Construction is slated to kick off in August.