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Encyclopedia > Shoreline Amphitheater
Aerial photograph of Shoreline Amphitheatre, with the parking lots and the neighbouring golf course
Aerial photograph of Shoreline Amphitheatre, with the parking lots and the neighbouring golf course

Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater in Mountain View, California, USA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a capacity of 25,000 with 6500 reserved seats and the balance as unreserved lawn seating. It was built from 1985-86 by the city of Mountain View in cooperation with local promoter Bill Graham. The premier season was during the Summer of 1986 and opened with Julio Iglesias. Each row of fixed seating at the amphitheatre has a pitch of three feet providing ample legroom. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x948, 190 KB) Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1280x948, 190 KB) Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. ... The name amphitheatre (alternatively amphitheater) is given to a public building of the Classical period (being particularly associated with ancient Rome) which was used for spectator sports, games and displays. ... Mountain View is a city in Santa Clara County, in the U.S. state of California. ... USGS Satellite photo of the San Francisco Bay Area. ... Cover of Bill Graham Presents Bill Graham (January 8, 1931–October 25, 1991) was a well-known concert promoter, who flourished from the 1960s until his death. ...


The year it opened, a fan attending a Steve Winwood concert flicked a cigarette lighter and ignited methane that had been leaking from a landfill underneath the theatre. Several small fires were reported that season. After those incidents the city of Mountain View commissioned methane testing studies to define the locus of methane vapors emanating from the soil within the Shoreline Ampitheater[1]. These tests were used in developing a design for improved methane monitoring and more efficient methane extraction to assure the ampitheater became safe as an outdoor venue. Ultimately the entire lawn was removed to allow the installation of a gas barrier and better methane removal equipment. [2]. Stephen Lawrence Winwood (born May 12, 1948 in Great Barr, West Midlands) is an English singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who, in addition to his solo career, was a member of the bands the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic, and Blind Faith. ...


It has also been the site of every one of the Bridge School Benefit shows except one. The Bridge School Benefit is an annual non-profit charity concert thrown in Mountain View, California every October at the Shoreline Amphitheatre. ...


A close examination of the plan view of the site, i.e. the aerial photo, reveals that the amphitheater was a tribute to Bill Graham's favorite band. The design reflects the Grateful Dead's Steal Your Face logo.


See also

This is a list of contemporary amphitheaters, not to be confused with Roman amphitheaters Alpine Valley Music Theater Blossom Music Center Celeste Center Coors Amphitheatre (San Diego) Cricket Pavilion Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Darien Lake Performing Arts Center DTE Energy Music Theatre Greek Theatre (Los Angeles) First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre... A Concert hall is a cultural building, which serves as performance venue, chiefly for classical instrumental music. ...

References

  1. ^ Methane testing in the vicinity of landfill environs, EMI prepared for the City of Mountain View, Ca., 1986-87
  2. ^ "20 Things You Didn't Know About... Garbage" DISCOVER Vol. 27 No. 06 June 2006, URL (google cache) retrieved 23 June 2006

External links

  • Shoreline Amphitheatre website

 
 

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