Arts & Culture, Sports & Entertainment

San Diego Symphony, The Rady Shell at Jacobs Park

The San Diego Symphony’s exciting new venue is a redevelopment of Embarcadero Marina Park South where the seasonal Bayside Summer Nights is held. A new unique shape on the waterfront will now catch the eyes and ears of park visitors and boaters on the San Diego Bay.

The new Bayside Performance Park houses a 13,000sf performance stage, called the Shell, with a state-of-the-art acoustic sound system along with supporting facilities, including food pavilions and an additional 66 restrooms. Other improvements include a sloped seating area for easier stage viewing, added parking stalls, and other extensive renovations to the existing 10.8-acre park.

This park improvement project will allow the Symphony to enhance its musical presentations by replacing the temporary performance and event venue with a permanent architecturally remarkable and acoustically superior stage. The project will allow the park to become an important public resource as a site for a range of performances and transform it into a year-round community gathering space.

Project Highlights

  • 13,000sf of covered stage performance space and back-of-house facilities.
  • Bay viewing deck at the back of the performance stage for public use during non-event hours.
  • Temporary seating with lawns open to the public during non-event periods.
  • Event seating capacity up to 10,000.
  • New public restrooms.
  • Widened public promenades that will remain open to the public.
  • Environmentally sustainable landscaping.
  • Expanded parking.



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