GEDDES, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) –It’s been years since Luke Bryan performed at Saint Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview. 

But this Thursday, he’ll get a chance to sing to The Salt City once again. However, that experience will be a little different for fans this year, starting with new barriers at the entrance.

“Certainly when you look at a venue that has a lot of people, you just want to do everything you can to be proactive to eliminate as much risk as possible,” said Onondaga County Executive, Ryan McMahon.

That includes a clear bag policy and added security throughout the venue. 

The time off also made room for improvements. There’s a new deck with spots available through Live Nation for concerts and an added seating area for VIP guests. But, McMahon said all VIP spots have been taken for the season.

“It’s about the experience. And I think the more amenities we have, the more experience options we have, the more success we’ll have selling tickets. Which is very good for our local economy,” said McMahon. 

Along with additional ammeninites, there’s a new on-ramp to help solve any traffic issues. It connects drivers back to 690 East to avoid backups when guests are leaving the amphitheater. There’s also a new pedestrian bridge right alongside the on-ramp which takes walkers back to the pink lot near the fairgrounds. They’re asking that all drop-offs and pickups from the amphitheater take place there. That involves ridesharing services, too.

“But we do just want to remind the public, any time you’re attending the event with 10,000 people getting in and out of the venue, please give yourself some extra time to get here, and please anticipate some time to get out of here as well,” McMahon said. 

This is especially true with people coming from all over. McMahon estimates ticket holders are coming from about 49 different states to see concerts here each year. 

Though this season won’t be as busy, it will be an extended one, running into October.

“I think it is another symbolic event on Thursday. From where we’ve come, how far we’ve come, and the fact that we’re back,” said McMahon.

The Luke Bryan concert is Thursday, the 8th at the amphitheater. Bryan will take the stage at 7 p.m., but the lots open at 4 p.m. Tickets are still available through Live Nation. The amphitheater is now taking on a mobile ticket policy, so be sure to bring your phone.