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Northern side of Cruzan Amphitheatre before Projekt Revolution 2008.
|Former names||Coral Sky Amphitheater (1996-2000; 2002-03)
Mars Music Amphitheatre (2000-02)
Sound Advice Amphitheatre (2003-08)
|Address||601-7 Sansburys Way
West Palm Beach, FL 33411
|Location||South Florida Fairgrounds|
|Opened||April 26, 1996|
|Owner||South Florida Fair & Palm Beach County Expositions, Inc.|
|Construction cost||$10 million|
Cruzan Amphitheatre is a 19,000-seat open-air music venue in West Palm Beach, Florida. The facility, owned by the South Florida Fairgrounds, is a modern amphitheatre used primarily for concerts and other performances. The loading dock and backstage area is sometimes used for concerts that are general admission standing room only (mostly heavy metal concerts), while the amphitheater stage is used as the backstage area in these situations.
The venue opened on April 26, 1996. Since opening, the venue has gone through numerous name changes. It was initially named Coral Sky Amphitheatre because the seats face into the west, often in view of a colorful sunset. After many years becoming familiar with that name, people still use that name despite the various sponsorships and name changes since then. The first sponsor was Mars Music (making the venue Mars Music Amphitheatre on January 6, 2000) , but when Mars filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2002, the Mars Music name was removed in August 2002 and the venue reverted to its previous name until 2003. After a short return to the Coral Sky name, it changed again when Sound Advice became the new sponsor, and was renamed Sound Advice Amphitheatre on June 1, 2003. In early 2008, the venue was renamed again following a new sponsorship agreement with Cruzan Rum, becoming the Cruzan Amphiteatre on February 1, 2008.
On November 2, 1996, Phish played the amphitheatre as part of their 1996 fall tour. They were joined by Karl Perazzo (of Santana fame) on percussion for the entire show. Portions of this performance were released to the syndicated radio program The Album Network. This show was released as the Coral Sky DVD in 2010 and is available as a download from LivePhish.
The venue was scheduled to host the final Ozzfest tour date of 2004, on September 4, but the show was cancelled due to Hurricane Frances.
Because of the Palm Beaches' climate, many major concert tours that would visit arenas in other cities usually stop at Cruzan Amphitheater, enabling it to be used as an year-round concert venue.
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