Young guests get front row seat to Summerfest stage demolition

Posted at 10:16 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-27 23:16:34-04

It's out with the old and in with the new as the U.S. Cellular Connection Stage on Summerfest grounds gets a new look.  

It's the latest addition to a string of upgrades throughout the venue.  The stage was built in 1993 and it's been named U.S. Cellular for the last 12 years.  

The new stage will have better sound and the latest in wireless technology.  It will have the biggest LED screen on the grounds. The backdrop will showcase the skyline and lakefront.  

A group of kids from Milwaukee's Boys and Girls Club got a front row seat to the demolition Wednesday.

"It's spectacular," said Alexis Solano, 6th Grade.

"It's like so cool," said Ivan Avendano, 5th Grade.

They watched as the giant claw attacked the stage and listened as those close to the project talked about what it takes to tear down the stage and prepare for a new one.

"They're here today to try to learn with us and understand how this stage behind me is going to be demolished and what science is behind the demolition of that stage," said Don Smiley, the Summerfest CEO.

The 8 to 11-year-old's are part of a STEM program with Don & Sallie Davis Boys and Girls Club. Their instructor said it's important the kids experience real world application.

"I think this is a really great experience for them to get outside of the classroom and see in real life what stem careers can lead to in a way that can really captivate their attention," said David Cassini, the Don & Sallie Davis Boys & Girls Club STEM supervisor.

The new U.S. Cellular Connection stage will be ready by Summerfest 2018.