Hayden Homes Amphitheater
|Address||344 SW Shevlin-Hixon Dr|
Bend, OR 97702
The Hayden Homes Amphitheater is an outdoor amphitheater built in the historic Old Mill District in Bend, Oregon. The amphitheater's name-in-title sponsor is Hayden Homes, a Central Oregon home builder established in Redmond, Oregon in 1989. The venue was formerly named the Les Schwab Amphitheater, named after Les Schwab, a Central Oregon businessman who was a graduate of Bend High School.
Opened in 2001, the venue accommodates approximately 8,000 people for concerts and other events in a casual outdoor setting. On the west bank of the Deschutes River, it sits at an elevation of 3,600 feet (1,100 m) above sea level.
Over the years, artists such as Phish, Coldplay, Willie Nelson, Dave Matthews Band and Bob Dylan have played at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater, and the venue has hosted events such as Bend Brewfest.
The venue was one of four finalists selected in the 2016 Sunset Magazine Awards in the "Best Outdoor Music Venue" category, which honors a Western theater, amphitheater or other outdoor concert site for constantly delighting music lovers.
In 2020, the venue was upgraded to accommodate larger productions. It re-opened for the 2021 concert season with new seating areas and a modified design for improved viewing.
In November 2021, the Les Schwab Amphitheater name was changed to the Hayden Homes Amphitheater. Live Nation announced that Central Oregon-based Hayden Homes will be the new name-in-title sponsor of the Old Mill District’s outdoor music venue, which was formerly known as the Les Schwab Amphitheater. They have been a long-time supporter of the concert venue. According to Bill Smith, developer of the Old Mill District, “Hayden Homes shares the same values we do. We named the venue after Les Schwab the man for 20 years, to honor his contribution to helping build the Old Mill District. Hayden Homes builds and invests in this community ... Passing the torch to Hayden Homes feels right."
A 2015 research study found that the Hayden Homes Amphitheater impacts the Central Oregon economy in the following ways:
- 125,000 visitors to the venue brought in an estimated 27 million dollars of revenue to the region
- Among the out-of-town visitors, 75 percent said they came specifically for the concert.
- The average length of stay for out-of-town concert attendees was 3.4 nights with 74 percent staying in Bend lodging accommodations, and the remaining 26 percent divided between surrounding communities of Redmond, Sunriver and Sisters.
- Total concert-related spending in the Central Oregon area was estimated to be nearly $19 million, spent on dining, shopping, lodging, recreation, groceries, gas stations, and a variety of other services.
- Total trip-related spending by out-of-town visitors attracted to Bend specifically to attend the concert series was $16 million.