LACONIA — The Weirs Drive-In Theater will become a venue for live music and boxing matches during the the 92nd running of Motorcycle Week, the world's oldest motorcycle rally.
Vesslarglobal Partners, LLC of West Jeffereson, North Carolina has leased the property from its owner, Patricia Baldi, and this week has submitted a proposal to stage concerts on each of the last four days of the rally, along with a boxing exhibition on Friday.
A stage, 160 by 100 feet, will be erected in front of the main screen on the west (uphill) side of theater. The boxing ring, surrounded on four sides by seating, will be set up and broken down on Friday. Two bars, one 50 feet and another 20 feet, are planned for the site, which will also feature 10 beer "tubs" scattered throughout the venue.
Concerts are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., with bands playing until midnight, except on the Thursday when the music will stop at 10:30 p.m. The line-up of bands has yet to be announced.
According the the permit application form filed with the city, concert attendance is projected to begin at 5,000 people on Wednesday, climb to 8,000 to 10,000 on Thursday, reach 15,000 to 20,000 on Friday and jump to 30,000 on Saturday, the last night of the rally.
Planning Director Shanna Saunders said that the proposal will be presented to the Motorcycle Technical Review Committee on Wednesday, May 6.
In the past, the Weirs Drive-In Theater has been a popular site for vendors and motorcycle parking, but their numbers have diminished in recent years as attendance at the rally has fallen.