Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (Maryland Heights, Missouri)

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Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Former names Riverport Amphitheater
(1991-2002)
UMB Bank Pavilion
(2002-06)
Address 14141 Riverport Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Location Greater St. Louis
Coordinates 38°44′39″N 90°28′10″W / 38.744304°N 90.469502°W / 38.744304; -90.469502Coordinates: 38°44′39″N 90°28′10″W / 38.744304°N 90.469502°W / 38.744304; -90.469502
Owner Live Nation
Capacity 20,000
Opened June 14, 1991

The Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (originally Riverport Amphitheater and formerly UMB Bank Pavilion) is a 7,000-seat outdoor concert venue, with lawn seating for another 13,000, making it a 20,000 person capacity venue. It is located at 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights, Missouri, near St. Louis, one mile west of the I-270 and I-70 interchange, at I-70 and Earth City Expressway South (exit 231A).

The venue was built for, approximately, $12 million and opened on June 14, 1991, with a performance by Steve Winwood.[1]

Shortly after opening, the amphitheater became the site of the infamous Riverport Riot, sparked by Axl Rose, during a Guns N' Roses concert, during their Use Your Illusion Tour.[2] This riot was the cause of the band's ban from St. Louis, disallowing them to play in the area.

In 1998, Contemporary Group, who built the amphitheater, was acquired by SFX.[3] SFX corporate successor Live Nation Entertainment continues to own and operate the venue.

In 2002, UMB Bank acquired the naming rights to the venue for five years.[4] Verizon Wireless then purchased the naming rights in November 2006.[5]

Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on June 23, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

On July 23, 2010, Kings of Leon abruptly ended their set, after only 3 songs, allegedly being pelted with feces by pigeons while onstage. The band gave fans their money back and later announced a makeup show for the pigeon-gate scandal. The new date was scheduled to be on September 25, 2010. Tickets were free for those who attended their last show and were $10.00 for other fans planning on attending.[6]

The amphitheatre has played host to many music festivals, including 60's Summer Spectacular, All That! Music and More Festival, Anger Management Tour, Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, Family Values Tour, Farm Aid, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, Pointfest, Projekt Revolution, Uproar Festival and Vans Warped Tour.

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  1. ^ Richmond, D; Schankman, S. (2008): "Produced By Contemporary", pp. 201-202, Virginia Publishing Co., St. Louis. ISBN 978-1-891442-47-6
  2. ^ Richmond, D; Schankman, S. (2008): "Produced By Contemporary", p. 207, Virginia Publishing Co., St. Louis. ISBN 978-1-891442-47-6
  3. ^ Contemporary bought by SFX for $90 million
  4. ^ "UMB Bank acquires naming rights to Riverport Amphitheatre", "St. Louis Business Journal", February 13, 2002.
  5. ^ "Verizon buys naming rights to Riverport venue", "St. Louis Business Journal", November 15, 2006.
  6. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1644393/20100726/kings_of_leon.jhtml

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