History of Thunder Ridge Nature Arena


Thunder Ridge Nature Arena – a decade in planning, development, and construction with the ambition to create America’s most beautiful outdoor amphitheater -- is a one-of-a-kind immersive outdoor “musical postcard from Mother Nature.”

Located in Ridgedale, Missouri just a few miles from Branson, Thunder Ridge Nature Arena combines the natural beauty of the Ozarks with the stunningly beautiful architecture that seamlessly integrates into the surrounding environment.

“We all love our beautiful Ozarks and feel deeply proud to be able to share the beauty of the place we are blessed to call home with others around the globe for generations to come,” said noted conservationist and Bass Pro Shops Founder, Johnny Morris.

Morris, the driving force behind Thunder Ridge, calls the project, “A gift to the people and heritage of the Ozarks.”

A highly specialized team utilizing biomimicry architectural techniques has fused the musical showcase with a capacity of 18,000 into the world around it with every seat holding breathtaking views of 1,200 acres of Table Rock Lake, inlets, and infinite verdant forested Boston Mountain vistas.

Morris and his team believe Thunder Ridge Nature Arena will be an unparalleled outdoor live entertainment experience including a never-before-seen luxury box embellishment called “The Nature Tower.”  Rising 12-stories from the Ozark limestone and dolomite earth, four of its floors will contain VIP suites replete with bedrooms, unobstructed views of the performing stage and panoramic nature sightlines.

Industry giant ASM Global is contracted to manage and operate the facility and has partnered with Live Nation to produce live music events.   

Morris’ vision for creating “America’s most beautiful outdoor amphitheater” is deeply rooted in conservation.  The property’s land and all buildings and infrastructure have been donated and permanently set aside as part of a not-for-profit foundation committed to the cause of conservation.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management—delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention, and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.