Klipsch Music Center
|Address||12880 East 146th Street|
|Former name(s)||Deer Creek Music Center (1989-2001)
Verizon Wireless Music Center (2001-2011)
|Seating type||reserved, lawn|
The Klipsch Music Center (formerly Verizon Wireless Music Center and originally known as Deer Creek Music Center) is an outdoor amphitheater, owned by Live Nation, located in Noblesville, Indiana. The center is the largest outdoor music venue in the Indianapolis metropolitan area of central Indiana, with 6,000 seats under a pavilion and 18,000 general admission lawn seats. It is used mainly for large concerts, but is also frequently a host for high school graduations and political rallies. It opened in 1989 at a site along Sand Creek just north of Exit 210 on Interstate 69 near the junction of former Indiana State Route 238 (at the time also known as Greenfield Avenue; now rebuilt and renamed as Southeastern Parkway), 146th Street, and Boden Road. In 1997, Sunshine Promotions, which built the amphitheater, was acquired by SFX; corporate successor Live Nation Entertainment continues to own it.
Concerts and music festivals
The Klipsch Music Center is a large open-air concert venue capable of hosting live, high-profile concerts and outdoor music festivals, including Dave Matthews Band (who liberated "Typical Situation" in 2012), Projekt Revolution, Ozzfest, Crüe Fest, Lilith Fair, The Vans Warped Tour, The Mayhem Festival and Farm Aid.
The Grateful Dead performed on July 2, 1995. During their visit, a number of fans stormed a rear fence, attempting to enter without paid admission. As a result, The Dead's last concert at the facility, the following night, was canceled. Musician Keller Williams memorialized this gate-crashing event in his song, "Gate Crashers Suck."
2006-2007: Possible sale
On December 28, 2006, Live Nation, the owner of the music center, confirmed they were putting up for sale the 203 acres (0.822 km2) of land that constitutes the amphitheater complex, then known as the Verizon Wireless Music Center. Regardless of the sale, Live Nation said it was committed to the 2007 concert season.
As of June 9, 2007, the Indianapolis Business Journal, a local business newspaper, reported, "But no acceptable offers have been received, and several local brokers say the unofficial asking price of more than $40 million is outrageous."2
On August 15, 2007, the Indianapolis Business Journal had a new report stating "Noblesville's Verizon Wireless Music Center is no longer for sale and will host a full lineup of shows in 2008, the facility's general manager, Steve Finkel, told IBJ this afternoon."
- "Move over Verizon; new name will be Klipsch Music Center". The Indianapolis Star. Gannett Company. 27 October 2011. Archived from the original on 20 November 2011. Retrieved 20 November 2011.
- SFX BROADCASTING BUYING SUNSHINE FOR $50 MILLION
- USA Today. July 9, 2010 http://content.usatoday.com/communities/entertainment/post/2010/07/rihanna-cancels-two-more-tour-dates/1
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