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fikus222
04-03-2008, 10:28 AM
So I found this article from 2004 that lists America's top 10 outdoor venues:

http://www.glidemagazine.com/articles/47679/outdoor-venues-glides-best-of-the-us.html

The ranking:

1. The Gorge
George, Washington
Capacity - 20,000

2. Red Rocks Ampitheatre
Morrison, Colorado
Capacity 9,240

3. Verizon Wireless Music Center
Noblesville, Indiana
Capacity - 18,244

4. Shoreline Ampitheatre
Mountain View, California
Capacity 22,000

5. Alpine Valley Music Theatre
East Troy, Wisconsin
Capacity 35,000

6. Greek Theater
Berkeley, California
Capacity 8,000

7. The Backyard
Austin, Texas
Capacity 5,000

8. Coors Ampitheatre
Chula Vista, California
Capacity - 20,000

9. Starlight Theatre
Kansas City, Missouri
Capacity 7,900

10. Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Saratoga Springs, New York
Capacity 20,000


Do we agree with this assessment ? If not, which should be added or taken off of this list ?

I have been to 5 of these and have mixed feelings of this assessment.

braundiggity
04-03-2008, 10:29 AM
Shoreline does NOT belong on that list.

Wolf Trap in DC might, though

algunz
04-03-2008, 10:30 AM
Where's The Bowl?

fikus222
04-03-2008, 10:32 AM
Shoreline does NOT belong on that list.

Wolf Trap in DC might, though

The Shoreline has been renovated in recent years. They have upgraded the sound system and have placed LCD screens in the Lawn area.

I have a love/hate relationship w/ the Shoreline, its great in the 100 level and parts of the 200 level seats, but does that really earn it a no. 4 spot ? Probably not.

fasttrack
04-03-2008, 10:33 AM
i saw cyndi lauper in las vegas a couple years ago at the mandalay bay beach. it was awesome watching a show while standing in knee high water.

fikus222
04-03-2008, 10:33 AM
Where's The Bowl?

Yeah I know, is it really that good ?

fikus222
04-03-2008, 10:33 AM
i saw cyndi lauper in las vegas a couple years ago at the mandalay bay beach. it was awesome watching a show while standing in knee high water.

That's weird and definitely unique.

ThomThom
04-03-2008, 10:34 AM
Shoreline sucks ass.

tubescape
04-03-2008, 10:35 AM
Santa Barbara Bowl should be on that list. The Greek in LA is pretty sweet too.

algunz
04-03-2008, 10:39 AM
Yeah I know, is it really that good ?

I think The Hollywood Bowl is fantastic, and it's in the heart of an urban area. It seems easy to make a nice outdoor venue when you are in the middle of nowhere.



The Greek Theater in LA would be nice, but the parking makes that place suck serious balls.

ThomThom
04-03-2008, 10:39 AM
Santa Barbara Bowl should be on that list. The Greek in LA is pretty sweet too.

They should both be on that list, including The Bowl.

TeamCoachellaHellYeah
04-03-2008, 10:40 AM
WTF? Red Rocks at #2?

GnarVee
04-03-2008, 10:41 AM
The Berkeley Greek > Shoreline

Pixiessp
04-03-2008, 10:41 AM
Santa Barbara Bowl should be on that list. The Greek in LA is pretty sweet too.

SB bowl is one of the most beautiful venues for a show.
If you've been there you know what I mean.

chiapet
04-03-2008, 10:42 AM
Yea, if Shoreline is #4, then that is a sad commentary on outdoor venues in the US. I don't *hate* Shoreline, but it's not that good, and I've been to far better outdoor venues in the midwest (but that goes back to the comment "if you're in the middle of nowhere"). I'd put the Greek in Berkeley above Shoreline, and that's not saying that much. :)

samiksha
04-03-2008, 10:51 AM
Rush said that the DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan is their favorite venue in the U.S. so it deserves a spot.

Cammo
04-03-2008, 10:52 AM
Red Rocks is bad ass!

bmack86
04-03-2008, 10:55 AM
The Hollywood Bowl in2004 wasn't as good as the Hollywood bowl now, with all the renovation they've done recently.

C DUB YA
04-03-2008, 11:09 AM
Shoreline off the list. Blossom on.

Take off Verizon in Indiana as well - sucky.

suprefan
04-03-2008, 11:15 AM
Dude, shoreline? Who votes for this stuff? Hollywood Bowl denied? Anyone notice they are all pretty much Live Nation venues? Hmmmmmmm. How could SB not be on there either its tiny as hell and has a great view from the top. I have been to 3 on the list, including the # 1, Ill take care of Coors this summer though.

bballarl
04-03-2008, 11:19 AM
Shoreline does not belong. But the Greek in Berkeley rules.

wmgaretjax
04-03-2008, 11:51 AM
The Greek, Gorge, and Red Rocks are all fantastic.

woogie846
04-03-2008, 12:04 PM
Nothing can top the Hollywood Bowl. It's easy in the likes of transportation, you can bring your own food into the venue, it's beautiful, the sound is great, and for the most part, the Bowl is really consistent with booking good acts.

ThomThom
04-03-2008, 12:08 PM
I think The Greek in Berkeley is the best outdoor venue in California.

superdeluxe
04-03-2008, 12:26 PM
I have no problems with the Gorge being #1.

fikus222
04-03-2008, 12:29 PM
Their capacity numbers are off too, when I saw Phish at Alpine Meadows there were 70k there. Plus I couldn't see the stage from the lawn, its so huge that there is enough room for a giant oak tree out in the middle.

algunz
04-03-2008, 12:34 PM
The Hollywood Bowl in2004 wasn't as good as the Hollywood bowl now, with all the renovation they've done recently.

That's a good point, but even then it still easily trumped a few of those on the list.

invisiblerobots
04-03-2008, 12:41 PM
i saw cyndi lauper in las vegas a couple years ago at the mandalay bay beach. it was awesome watching a show while standing in knee high water.

I saw Rick Springfield at the same place. He came down in the water with us during Jesse's Girl. He even slapped me a high five.

And yay for the Gorge @ #1!

dakid21
04-09-2008, 11:17 AM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v119/dakid21/IMG00230.jpg

:thu

fikus222
04-09-2008, 11:42 AM
Yeah the Gorge and Red Rocks are on my to-do list, which would make 7 of the listed venues that I have been to. Luckily I am moving to Seattle in September.