Shoreline Amphitheatre

Coordinates: 37°25′36″N 122°04′51″W / 37.426778°N 122.080733°W / 37.426778; -122.080733
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Shoreline Amphitheatre
Shoreline Amphitheatre as seen from ground level
AddressOne Amphitheatre Parkway
LocationMountain View, California
Coordinates37°25′36″N 122°04′51″W / 37.426778°N 122.080733°W / 37.426778; -122.080733
OwnerCity of Mountain View
OperatorLive Nation
TypeOutdoor amphitheatre
Seating typereserved, lawn
Aerial photograph of Shoreline Amphitheatre, with the parking lots and the neighboring golf course.

Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater located in Mountain View, California, in the San Francisco Bay Area. The venue has a capacity of 22,500, with 6,500 reserved seats and 16,000 general admission on the lawn. When the parking lot is utilized for festival stages, the total capacity of the venue can reach 30,000. The venue has hosted popular music festivals such as Lollapalooza and Ozzfest, and also developer conferences such as the Google I/O.


The amphitheatre was built in 1985–1986 by the city of Mountain View, in cooperation with local promoter Bill Graham, as part of the Shoreline Park project. Graham designed the amphitheatre to resemble The Grateful Dead's "steal your face" logo.[1]

The premiere season was during the summer of 1986, it was planned to open with a concert by The Grateful Dead, who had to cancel as a result of Jerry Garcia's coma. The first performance at the amphitheater was comedienne Roseanne Barr,[citation needed] opening for Julio Iglesias on June 29, 1986.[2]

The amphitheatre hosted the "Bay Area" edition of large hip-hop music festival Rolling Loud from October 21–22, 2017. Headliners included Travis Scott, Lil Wayne, and Schoolboy Q.

The amphitheatre was the site of two homicides. In 2015, a man was fatally shot backstage during a Wiz Khalifa concert.[3] In 2022, a man died as a result of a fistfight involving the Hells Angels durring a Chris Stapleton concert.[4]

Built on a landfill[edit]

In its opening year, a fan attending a Steve Winwood concert flicked a cigarette lighter and ignited methane that had been leaking from a landfill beneath the theater. Several small fires were reported that season. After those incidents, the city of Mountain View commissioned methane testing studies to define the location of methane vapors emanating from the soil within the amphitheater.[5] These tests were used in developing a design for improved methane monitoring and more efficient methane extraction to ensure the amphitheater became safe as an outdoor venue. Ultimately, the lawn was removed, a gas barrier and methane removal equipment were installed, and then the lawn was re-installed.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (May 27, 2011). "25 years, 25 fabulous Shoreline Amphitheatre facts". SFGate. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ "The Best Amphitheaters in America". Rolling Stone. June 20, 2013. Retrieved May 7, 2020.
  3. ^ Nelson, Katie (February 3, 2015). "Police release sketch of suspect in August killing at Shoreline Amphitheatre". East Bay Times. Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  4. ^ Martin, Malea. "Police raid SF Hell's Angels club, arrest five after man killed at Shoreline Amphitheatre show in June". Retrieved March 29, 2023.
  5. ^ Methane testing in the vicinity of landfill environs, EMI prepared for the City of Mountain View, Ca., 1986-87

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