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Downtown Raleigh amphitheater to open in June

Posted April 20, 2010
Updated April 21, 2010

— The 5,000-seat amphitheater in downtown Raleigh is slated to open in early June, when the pop group Backstreet Boys headlines the inaugural concert, officials said Tuesday.

Raleigh officials signed a deal Tuesday with concert promoter LiveNation to bring 15 to 20 events each year to the amphitheater. In addition to the June 6 concert by the Backstreet Boys, four other shows have already been booked for the venue, officials said.

Tickets are already available for a July 23 concert by the pop rock band, Paramore and an Aug. 10 concert by the rock group O.A.R. Tickets for an Aug. 25 concert by electronic music group STS9 will go on sale Wednesday, and Backstreet Boys tickets go on sale Friday.

A concert date by classic rockers Heart hasn't been set, although officials said the group has confirmed it will play at the amphitheater.

The city-owned amphitheater, which is located across McDowell Street from the Raleigh Convention Center, will also host local events. Officials said they expect the venue to turn a $500,000 annual profit and add to the downtown entertainment scene.


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  • delilahk2000 Apr 21, 2010


  • Shadow213 Apr 21, 2010

    despite all the whining here, i'm actually pretty excited. i dont really see this as competition for walnut creek, but for koka booth ampitheatre in cary. i personally, live much closer to downtown raleigh and like the fact that there is a ton of nightlife within walking distance of the new ampitheatre. the tickets seem pricey, but perhaps with the other outdoor venues being so close, competition will quickly drive down prices...

  • garnerCanesFan Apr 21, 2010

    Now who do they expect to sign? Hey 'Big famous Band'. come play our lovely new Ampitheatre. It seats a whopping 5,000
    Pleeeease. Walnut Creek is perfect for most major acts. Then you also have the RBC Centre and for the few that can actually pack a stadium there is Carter Finley.

  • colliedave Apr 21, 2010

    ....I know war is so much more fun, but art is nice too.

    art will not keep you safe from someone who would prefer to decapitate you

  • farm Apr 21, 2010

    Mayor Geeker ought to let Randy Parton run it.......

  • dwntwnboy Apr 21, 2010

    "Not a place that I'd like to be walking around in after dark"- the new downtown RPD office is overlooking this site- not a safer place in all of downtown- cops EVERYWHERE.

  • manofjustice Apr 21, 2010

    Teena Marie and Snoop Dogg would raise a lot of money. We need good groups. Not backstreet boys!!! Lil Kim or Too Short. Dang people what is wrong with Raleigh?

  • WRALblows Apr 21, 2010

    "Nobody drank alcohol at downtown live. nope. Not one person. I'm sure of it."

    Then you were not at the same Downtown Live as me.

  • midnightclay Apr 21, 2010

    Just what we need - Walnut Creek isn't enough? Hope all the concerts are during daylight hours. Not a place that I'd like to be walking around in after dark. But then I guess I don't have to attend, just pay for another white eliphant!

  • dwntwnboy Apr 21, 2010

    "Another waste of money, like the art museum"- you would rather see your money go by the BILLIONS to wars in countries that are NO threat to us? I personally would rather see a few drops from the mighty military bucket be used for arts and other non-violent things....I know war is so much more fun, but art is nice too.