Early in the morning of Saturday, January 13, 2018 the Merriweather Post Pavilion roof collapsed. The roof was in the midst of a weeks-long process of being raised as part of the renovation project at the amphitheater. There were no injuries.
Until a complete investigation has been completed, the precise cause of this accident cannot be known. That investigation is commencing as soon as possible, and in the meantime, the team at Merriweather will begin assessing next steps for the project.
While this development is unexpected and distressing, the board of directors and staff of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission are grateful that no one was injured in this incident and are committed to doing everything in our power to ensure Merriweather Post Pavilion can be safely and successfully rebuilt as soon as possible. We wish to assure everyone that we are as committed as ever to Merriweather and its future.