Red Hat Amphitheater

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Red Hat Amphitheater
Red Hat Amphitheater.jpg
Former namesRaleigh Amphitheater (2010-12)
Address500 South McDowell Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
OwnerCity of Raleigh
(operated by Live Nation)
OpenedJune 4, 2010 (2010-06-04)
Venue website

The Red Hat Amphitheater (formerly the Raleigh Amphitheater) is an amphitheatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. It is adjacent to the Raleigh Convention Center.

The Raleigh Amphitheater books acts through an agreement with Live Nation, and is owned and operated by the City of Raleigh. The Amphitheater’s season currently runs from April through October. Capacity is 5,990: 1,800 fixed seats; 2,700 movable seats; and lawn space for 1,000.[1][2]

The venue's name has changed several times during its construction and first few months of operation. Plans to accept $300,000 from the local Budweiser distributor to name the venue the Bud Light Amphitheater fell through when the North Carolina Alcohol Control Board refused to grant an exception to rules which disallow naming rights for public facilities to be sold to alcohol manufacturers.[3] On September 4, 2012 Red Hat struck a deal with the City of Raleigh for naming rights to the amphitheater. The company paid the city $1.175 million for the deal.[4]

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  1. ^ Menconi, David (2010-06-04). "It's showtime for the Raleigh amphitheater - Local/State". News & Observer. Archived from the original on 2010-06-07. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  2. ^ "Raleigh amphitheater celebrates opening night". WRAL. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  3. ^ Cornell, Rick. "Why the Triangle still doesn't have the perfect amphitheater | Music Feature | Independent Weekly". Indyweek. Retrieved 2010-08-29.
  4. ^ "Red Hat buys naming rights to Raleigh Amphitheater". WRAL. Retrieved 2012-09-04.

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Coordinates: 35°46′25″N 78°38′34″W / 35.7736°N 78.6428°W / 35.7736; -78.6428