Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
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|Address||2002 Lakewood Ave SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
|Owner||City of Atlanta
(operated by Live Nation)
|Construction cost||$10 million|
|Former name(s)||Pace Amphitheater (planning/construction)
Lakewood Amphitheatre (1989; 2000; 2008-09)
Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre (1989-2000)
HiFi Buys Amphitheatre (2001-08)
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, a concert venue in located in Atlanta, Georgia, since 1989. The amphitheatre seats 19,000. (7,000 seats under cover; 12,000 on the huge lawn behind the seating area). It was designed to offer a state-of-the-art musical experience for both music fans and artists. The venue was built specifically for popular music.
The amphitheatre is located approximately 4 miles south of downtown Atlanta, at the Lakewood Fairgrounds. Phish, among others, have called the amphitheatre one of their favorite venues to play at, due to the quality of the acoustics rarely found at lower-level roofed amphitheatres. Linkin Park used their performance of "One Step Closer" from Projekt Revolution 2004 on their LPU 4 CD and also used their performance of "The Little Things Give You Away" from Projekt Revolution 2007 on their LPU 7 CD. In 2008, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park opened in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb on the north side of Atlanta. This gave Metro Atlanta another premier outdoor venue along with Lakewood, Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Buckhead/Sandy Springs and the "Fred" amphitheater on the south side in Peachtree City.
History of name changes
The venue opened as the Lakewood Amphitheatre in 1989. At some point, it became the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre and retained that name until 2000, when the name was changed back to Lakewood Amphitheatre. In 2001, the venue became known as HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. As of the 2008 season, the venue was once again known as Lakewood Amphitheatre, due to HiFi Buys filling for bankruptcy. The facility utilized a logo similar to the one used before the name-change to HiFi Buys Amphitheatre. In May 2009, a naming-rights agreement was formed with Aaron's, and the venue is now called Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood.