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Northern side of Cruzan Amphitheatre before Projekt Revolution 2008.
|Address||601-7 Sansburys Way|
|Location||West Palm Beach, Florida|
|Owner||South Florida Fair and Palm Beach County Expositions
(operated by Live Nation)
|Former name(s)||Coral Sky Amphitheater, Mars Music Amphitheater, Sound Advice Amphitheatre|
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.
Since opening, the venue has gone through numerous name changes. It was initially named Coral Sky Amphitheater because the seats face into the west, often in view of a colorful sunset. It was Sony Blockbuster Coral Sky originally. 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 Amphitheater), but when Mars filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2002, the Mars Music name was removed. 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. In early 2008, the venue was renamed again following a new sponsorship agreement with Cruzan Rum.
Other events include The Buzz Bake Sale, Curiosa, Lilith Fair, The Gigantour, Projekt Revolution, Ozzfest, Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, The Mayhem Festival and The Vans Warped Tour, among others. On June 15, 1998 the Spice Girls performed there first American Concert of the Spiceworld: The Tour there. Two weeks before that, Geri Halliwell had left the Spice Girls short before the sold out leg of their Worldtour.
The venue was scheduled to host the final Ozzfest tour date of 2004, on September 4th, but the show was cancelled due to Hurricane Frances.
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