Frost Amphitheater

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The Laurence Frost Amphitheater, commonly known as Frost Amphitheater is a prominent amphitheater of Stanford University. It first opened in 1937 and was the site of commencement ceremonies for the university from 1938 until 1984.[1] It can hold about 6,900 people.


The amphitheater built in 1937 was a gift of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Frost in memory of their son, John Laurence Frost who graduated in 1935 and died of polio in the same year.[2] It is a tree lined, grassy, tiered 20-acre (81,000 m2) bowl designed by landscape architect Leslie Kiler.[3]

Throughout the years, the amphitheater has been the host to many events including a prominent speech by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1992.[4]

Music venue[edit]

The Grateful Dead played 13 shows at the Amphitheater in 1982, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989.[5] Since 2012, the Stanford Concert Network has hosted the Frost Music and Arts Festival at the Amphitheater, which has featured headliners Modest Mouse, MGMT, and Dispatch.

The amphitheater usually hosts a concert (either jazz or classical) and fireworks on July 3.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Frost Amphitheater: A trove of Stanford history". Stephanie Condon. Archived from the original on 2008-06-17. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  2. ^ "John Lawrence Frost". Wheaton History A-Z. Wheaton College. Retrieved 2010-10-17. 
  3. ^ "Frost Amphitheater". Goldstar. Retrieved 2009-09-13. 
  4. ^ "Gorbachev defends pace of his reforms in Stanford speech". Stanford University. Retrieved 2008-02-22. 
  5. ^ Internet Archive - Grateful Dead shows at Frost Amphitheater. Retrieved May 2009.

Coordinates: 37°25′50″N 122°9′57″W / 37.43056°N 122.16583°W / 37.43056; -122.16583