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    Default How many people can each stage fit?

    Just asking out of curiousity.
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    I'm interested to know too. A few ideas floating around here: http://www.coachella.com/forum/showt...ahara+capacity

    This will be the biggest fest I've been to. ACL last year was around 60k - Coachella is supposed to be 85k right?

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Like on, as in the performance? Or in front of it, as in the crowd?
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    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Hahaha in front of it, as in crowd.
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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Not sure if anyone can answer this, at least not for the main and outdoor. It's GA and the crowd is in an open field, tough to get an actual number of capacity.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    I still stand by these undesputed numbers:
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    It’s just an estimate, but I counted* people in the Mojave, Gobi, and Sahara including those attempting to enjoy the set from outside each tent and here are my observations on how this year’s crowd differed from prior years. For a typical set at the day’s peak (assuming all 5 stages are going).

    I’m happy to adjust my assumptions based your observations.

    Gobi – 20% more crowded
    5,000 people previously, 6,000 this year (+1,000)

    Mojave: 13% more crowded
    7,000 people previously, 8,000 this year (+1,000)

    Sahara: No increase (but most volatile crowd size throughout the day)
    7,000 people previously, 7,000 this year

    Coachella Stage: No increase
    24,000 people previously, 24,000 this year

    Outdoor Theatre: 64% increase
    14,000 people previously, 23,000 this year

    Loitering, Eating, DooLabbing, Drinking, Camping, etc…: 57% increase
    7,000 people previously, 11,000 this year

    *It's not all that hard to count, considering there is a grid on the ceiling of each tent.
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    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Quote Originally Posted by PlayaDelWes
    *It's not all that hard to count, considering there is a grid on the ceiling of each tent.
    Dude, you just blew my mind. How the hell have I never noticed this?

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Funny, Wes, but there's no way the Mojave had more than the Sahara. Don't you know that realism and accuracy is the key to comedy?

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    The Mojave holds more than the Sahara?

    As Ray pointed out, I think its too difficult to measure the capacity of the outdoor stages. They both pretty much face the middle of the festival grounds. There was probably 30000 around the main stage for the Gorrilaz (festival closer) last year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by M Sparks View Post
    Funny, Wes, but there's no way the Mojave had more than the Sahara. Don't you know that realism and accuracy is the key to comedy?
    You are right, my figures above were based on crowd size estimates, not max capacity. Here's the best I can come up with as far as max capacity (inside only) each tent.



    Square feet per person estimates are based on standard crowd estimation assumptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dj12inches View Post
    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    dude, the sahara is WAY bigger than the mojave.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PlayaDelWes View Post
    You are right, my figures above were based on crowd size estimates, not max capacity. Here's the best I can come up with as far as max capacity (inside only) each tent.



    Square feet per person estimates are based on standard crowd estimation assumptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by baily View Post
    Smart man wins...and you are smart!
    He's smart, but not in the way you think. Bravo, Wes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by frozen pilgrim View Post
    dude, the sahara is WAY bigger than the mojave.
    I don't know man. I wouldn't say WAY bigger....but, it's clearly just as long, so I updated it's length to 275' and I added another 10' in width to so it's 30' wider than the Mojavi. 20% more square feet.



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    Quote Originally Posted by dj12inches View Post
    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    It's all about girth. That's where the Sahara really sets itself apart.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Oh, and here is the tally on the Outdoor and Main.

    Quote Originally Posted by rays8957 View Post
    Not sure if anyone can answer this, at least not for the main and outdoor. It's GA and the crowd is in an open field, tough to get an actual number of capacity.
    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

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    What makes me qualified? I've watched EVERY fucking episode of American Idol, and every single episode of The Voice...Forget that I won departmental music awards when I was in the 8th grade choir.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    Quote Originally Posted by PlayaDelWes View Post
    Oh, and here is the tally on the Outdoor and Main.


    Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
    Well done, although I'm pretty sure I said it would be tough to do, not impossible.

    I will still be smoking out of a pipe however, so thanks for the suggestion.

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    Default Re: How many people can each stage fit?

    gobi = 3500, mojave = 7000, sahara = 12000. outdoor is pointless since there is no limit to outdoors space if sound bleed isnt taken into account. the main for sure can hold 55,000. we know this because all 55,000 at stagecoach (except me and a few mexicans selling water) were at the `Mane` stage, after the tents closed just after dark. it was packed. waaaay more packed than any main stage act at coachella.
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