Ak-Chin Pavilion

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Ak-Chin Pavilion
Desert Sky Pavilion
An empty parking lot and the Ak-Chin Pavilion
Former names Desert Sky Pavilion (1988-96); (2013)
Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion (1996-2001)
Cricket Pavilion (2001-06)
Cricket Wireless Pavilion (2006-10)
Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion (2010-13)
Location 2121 North 83rd Avenue Phoenix, Arizona 85035
Coordinates 33°28′18″N 112°13′58″W / 33.471795°N 112.232906°W / 33.471795; -112.232906Coordinates: 33°28′18″N 112°13′58″W / 33.471795°N 112.232906°W / 33.471795; -112.232906
Owner Live Nation Entertainment
Type Outdoor amphitheatre
Seating type reserved, lawn
Capacity 20,000
Opened November 11, 1990

Ak-Chin Pavilion[1] (formerly known as the Desert Sky Pavilion, Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion, Cricket Pavilion, Cricket Wireless Pavilion and Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion) is an amphitheater located in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, which seats 8,000, under a pavilion roof and an additional 12,000, on a spacious hillside behind the main stands. It was originally known as Desert Sky Pavilion and opened on November 11, 1990 (Billy Joel was the venue's inaugural performer).[2] The current naming rights sponsor is the Ak-Chin Indian Community (the venue is not located on tribal land). With a total capacity of 20,000, its capacity is higher than US Airways Center and Jobing.com Arena. The amphitheater's season starts in April and closes in October.

The lawn at the amphitheater contains several video screens.

The amphitheater has been used to hold many famous concerts and tours, especially in the summer months of July and August, it has hosted Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, The Vote for Change Tour, The Vans Warped Tour, The Gigantour, Lollapalooza, Lilith Fair, Crüe Fest, Ozzfest and Projekt Revolution. It has hosted the Phoenix date of the annual Mayhem Festival since the tour's inception in July 2008.

Fall Out Boy recorded their live album, Live in Phoenix, at the amphitheatre on June 22, 2007.[3]

Green Day recorded their song, "Cigarettes and Valentines", for their live album, Awesome as Fuck, here.

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  1. ^ Morago, Kristina (21 June 2013). "Ak-Chin secures naming rights to Desert Sky Pavilion". Maricopa Monitor. Casa Grande Valley Newspapers Inc. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved February 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Joel `Starts The Fire' For Pavilion". Deseretnews.com. 1990-11-11. Retrieved February 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ 'Beat It' Cover Bolsters Fall Out Boy CD/DVD Billboard. Retrieved June 11, 2011.

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