Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
Logo for 2016 Venue Rebranding
|Former names||Virginia Beach Amphitheater (1996, 2010-2011)|
GTE Virginia Beach Amphitheater (1996-2005)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Virginia Beach (2005-2010)
Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach (2011-2015)
|Address||3550 Cellar Door Way|
|Location||Virginia Beach, Virginia|
|Operator||Live Nation Entertainment|
|Seating type||Reserved and lawn seating|
The amphitheater opened in 1996, with 7,500 seats, under a pavilion and 12,500 general admission lawn seats, and since then, due to its size and target audience, has hosted concerts by large names in the music industry. In March 2010, the venue removed its corporate prefix ("Verizon Wireless") for the first time in its 14-year history, to be known simply as "Virginia Beach Amphitheater". In February 2011, the amphitheater was renamed "Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach", with naming rights coming from Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance. In January 2016, it was announced that the venue would be renamed "Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach."
The amphitheater has five dedicated adjacent parking lots, and parking fees are included in ticket prices for most shows. The facility has two main seating areas; the main fixed seating area beneath a canopy and secondly a lawn area behind the fixed seating and partially covered by the canopy. The facility rents small lawn chairs for patrons who have purchased lawn seats and allows concert-goers to bring blankets.
The amphitheater has played host to many music festivals, including Shaggfest, Crüe Fest, Crüe Fest 2, FM99 Lunatic Luau, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Honda Civic Tour, Lilith Fair, Lollapalooza, Mayhem Festival, Ozzfest, Projekt Revolution, Uproar Festival and Vans Warped Tour.
The Dave Matthews Band performed and recorded their show, on June 4, 1996, which was later released as a live album, entitled Live Trax Vol. 18.
Aerosmith were scheduled to perform during their Just Push Play Tour on September 11, 2001, with Fuel as their opening act, but the show was cancelled due to the 9/11 terrorist attacks; during their Honkin' on Bobo Tour on June 16, 2004, with Cheap Trick as their opening act, but the show was cancelled; and due to illness and during their Aerosmith/ZZ Top Tour on July 5, 2009, with ZZ Top as their opening act, but the show was cancelled, due to injuries sustained by frontman Steven Tyler.
P.O.D. also filmed the music video for their song "Satellite" on July 21, 2002, during the FM99 Lunatic Luau. They played the song 3 times with cameras rolling to make sure they had all of the footage they needed.
- "Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater". Virginia Beach Vacations. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- "Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater". Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach. Hampton Roads Visitor. Retrieved 20 September 2016.
- Fernandes, Deirdre (21 March 2011). "Virginia Beach venue no longer carries corporate name". The Virginian-Pilot. Landmark Media Enterprises. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- Ollison, Rashod (23 February 2011). "Va. Beach amphitheater gets new name: Farm Bureau Live". The Virginian-Pilot. Landmark Media Enterprises. Retrieved 25 April 2011.
- Green, Kevin. "Va. Beach amphitheater changes name, logo". WAVY-TV. Retrieved 2016-01-12.