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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Maryland Heights, Missouri)

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Opened  14 June 1991
Phone  +1 314-298-9944
Capacity  20,000
Owner  Live Nation Entertainment
Former names  Riverport Amphitheatre (1991-2002) UMB Bank Pavilion (2002-06) Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis (2007-14)
Location  Maryland Heights, Missouri
Address  14141 Riverport Dr, Maryland Heights, MO 63043, USA
Similar  Klipsch Music Center, Farm Bureau Live at Vir, PNC Music Pavilion, PNC Bank Arts Center, Riverbend Music Center
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The Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (originally Riverport Amphitheatre and formerly UMB Bank Pavilion and Verizon Wireless Amphitheater St. Louis) is a 7,000-seat outdoor concert venue, with lawn seating for another 13,000, making it a 20,000 person capacity venue. It is located at 14141 Riverport Drive, Maryland Heights, Missouri, near St. Louis, one mile west of the I-270 and I-70 interchange, at I-70 and Earth City Expressway South (exit 231A).

Venue owner Live Nation announced Dec 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. The length of the agreement was not disclosed.

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

Shortly after opening, the amphitheater became the site of the infamous Riverport Riot, sparked by Axl Rose, during a Guns N' Roses concert, during their Use Your Illusion Tour.

In 1998, Contemporary Group, who built the amphitheater, was acquired by SFX. SFX corporate successor Live Nation Entertainment continues to own and operate the venue.

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.

In 2002, UMB Bank acquired the naming rights to the venue for five years. Verizon Wireless then purchased the naming rights in November 2006.

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.

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.

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Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (Maryland Heights, Missouri) Wikipedia


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