Santa Barbara Bowl

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Santa Barbara Bowl
The Bowl
Location Santa Barbara, California
Owner Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation
Type Outdoor Amphitheater
Seating type Seats
Capacity 4,562
Construction
Built 1936
Renovated 1994 - 2012
Website
Santa Barbara Bowl

The Santa Barbara Bowl is a 4,562-seat amphitheater, located in Santa Barbara, California.

The Santa Barbara Bowl is open for concerts from approximately April through approximately October with an average of about 27 concerts per season. Booked exclusively by Nederlander Concerts in Los Angeles, the Bowl hosts primarily popular music concerts.

History[edit]

It was carved into the hillside, in 1936, as a WPA project. It was originally built as the home for the final pageant of Old Spanish Days - Fiesta.

The amphitheater's original stage was a revolving wooden stage that washed out during El Niño rains in 1939. The stage was replaced with a concrete slab that was in place until renovation in 2001.

Prominent concerts[edit]

The British band Tears For Fears peformed at the amphitheatre in May 1990, which was filmed for their Going To California concert video (the American vocalist/pianist Oleta Adams appeared with them).

The British band Depeche Mode performed at the amphitheatre three times: the first one was on August 5, 2001 during their Exciter Tour. The second one was on August 20, 2009 during their Tour of the Universe, in front of a sold out crowd of 4,937 people. The third one was on September 24, 2013 during their Delta Machine Tour, in front of a sold out crowd of 4,959 people. The 2009 show was recorded for the group's live albums project Recording the Universe.

Mission Statement[edit]

Since 1991, The Santa Barbara Bowl has been managed by the not-for-profit Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation.

Renovations[edit]

The Santa Barbara Bowl has undergone over $25 million in renovations since the establishment of the Foundation in 1991.

Year Renovation Project
1991 Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors regained control of the Bowl from Old Spanish Days
1992 Renovation and Restoration Master Plan developed by the Foundation
1994
  • Foundation granted responsibility for the Bowl
  • Infrastructure Renovations – Power, water and sewer upgraded
1995
  • Temporary production roof
2000
  • New storm drain and more efficient drainage systems
  • Bus Electrical Project
  • Marquee
2002 The stage and backstage facilities reconstructed increasing the overall usable square footage by +300% (3,000 sq. ft. to 10,000 sq. ft.) (Master Plan Phase 1A}
  • Upgraded dressing rooms
  • Enlarged and improved restroom facilities
  • Food concessions (under the Stage)
2003 Seating Upgrades
  • Permanent, disabled seating platform (Master Plan Phase 1C)
  • Floor Section (Master Plan Phase 1C)
  • Grand Staircase (Master Plan Phase 1C)
2004
  • The Wendy McCaw Terrace for donor and cultivation receptions (Master Plan Phase 1C)
  • Beverage Concessions (under the Wendy McCaw Terrace) (Master Plan Phase 1C)
2005
  • The Canteen – Food service upgrade and Food Carts (Master Plan Phase 1D)
  • Hand-rail Project
2006
  • Backstage Retaining Wall


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