Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Maryland Heights, Missouri)

Coordinates: 38°44′39″N 90°28′10″W / 38.744304°N 90.469502°W / 38.744304; -90.469502

The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (originally Riverport Amphitheatre and formerly the UMB Bank Pavilion and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater) is an outdoor concert venue in Maryland Heights, Missouri, near St. Louis.

Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre.jpg
Venue before a concert (c.2017)
Former namesRiverport Amphitheatre (1991-2002)
UMB Bank Pavilion (2002-06)
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater (2007-14)
Address14141 Riverport Dr
Maryland Heights, MO 63043-4807
LocationGreater St. Louis
OwnerLive Nation
Capacity20,000
Construction
OpenedJune 14, 1991
Construction cost$12 million
($22.5 million in 2019 dollars[1])

HistoryEdit

The venue was built for approximately $12 million, and opened on June 14, 1991, with a performance by Steve Winwood.[2]

Shortly after opening, the amphitheater became the site of the infamous Riverport Riot, July 2, 1991, during a Guns N' Roses concert, during their Use Your Illusion Tour.[3]

In 1998, the local promoter Contemporary Group, who built the amphitheater, was acquired by SFX.[4] 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.[5] Verizon Wireless then purchased the naming rights in November 2006.[6]

Venue owner Live Nation announced December 17, 2014, that they had signed a multiyear agreement with Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, which is owned and operated by Penn National Gaming, to be the amphitheater's title sponsor.[7] The length of the agreement was not disclosed.[8]

Notable eventsEdit

On June 9, 2000, the bands REO Speedwagon and Styx performed at the venue together and released Arch Allies Live at Riverport and releasing 2 single-disc versions for Styx and one for REO.

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 three songs, allegedly being pelted with feces by pigeons while onstage. The band gave fans their money back and later announced a makeup show. 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.[9]

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.

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  2. ^ Richmond, D; Schankman, S. (2008): "Produced By Contemporary", pp. 201-202, Virginia Publishing Co., St. Louis. ISBN 978-1-891442-47-6
  3. ^ Richmond, D; Schankman, S. (2008): "Produced By Contemporary", p. 207, Virginia Publishing Co., St. Louis. ISBN 978-1-891442-47-6
  4. ^ Contemporary bought by SFX for $90 million
  5. ^ "UMB Bank acquires naming rights to Riverport Amphitheatre", "St. Louis Business Journal", February 13, 2002.
  6. ^ "Verizon buys naming rights to Riverport venue", "St. Louis Business Journal", November 15, 2006.
  7. ^ "Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre - St. Louis, MO". Retrieved 18 July 2015.
  8. ^ http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/news/2014/12/17/verizon-wireless-amphitheater-gets-new-name.html
  9. ^ http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1644393/20100726/kings_of_leon.jhtml