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Red Hat buys naming rights to Raleigh Amphitheater

Posted September 4, 2012
Updated September 5, 2012

— Open-source software maker Red Hat Inc. has struck a deal with the City of Raleigh for naming rights on the downtown, open-air Raleigh Amphitheater. The city council unanimously approved the deal at a meeting Tuesday.

The five-year, $1.175 million deal is the latest between the technology company and the capital city. Red Hat is expected to complete the move of its headquarters from North Carolina State University's Centennial Campus to downtown Raleigh later this year, replacing Progress Energy in the 19-story building at 100 E. Davie St. and rechristening that Red Hat Tower. 

“This downtown venue, that offers the very best in entertainment in a uniquely Raleigh setting, is the perfect match for this uniquely Raleigh company,” Mayor Nancy McFarlane said in a statement.

The venue to be known as Red Hat Amphitheater opened in June 2010 across from the Raleigh Convention Center. It seats about 6,000 and has welcomed performers including Mumford & Sons, Chelsea Handler, Maroon 5, the Black Crowes and Barenaked Ladies.

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  • NCCaniac Sep 5, 3:34 p.m.

    "Wouldnt go downtown unless I was arrested and taken to jail."

    Good. It will then be one less person crowded for when others who want to go downtown and see a show end up going.

  • UpChuck Sep 5, 2:55 p.m.

    I just hope they keep putting good music there and more of it.

  • Pepe Silvia Sep 5, 11:35 a.m.

    "I hope they actually name it something cool instead of the egoist Red Hat Amphitheater. How boring and typical. Blah."- bitsyfae1

    If you are a company that spent $1.175 million to buy the naming rights of something what else would you name it besides your company name?

  • corey3rd Sep 5, 11:28 a.m.

    "Downtown boy-why compete with Walnut Creek- a much larger venue with much better accustics. Also-private venue vs. more government controlled venue???

    No brainer-advertise with my money somewhere else!!"

    Where did you get the idea that Walnut Creek is a private venue? Walnut Creek is owned by the city of Raleigh. Look it up. Live Nation leases the property from the City of Raleigh. The city gets kicked back a profit.

    Walnut Creek is not that private of a venue. Educate yourself. And acoustics? It's a tin roof shed. The rest of the place is open air. Acoustics?

  • commonsense4 Sep 5, 10:03 a.m.

    "The venue to be known as Red Hat Amphitheater opened in June 2012 across from the Raleigh Convention Center"

    No research on your stories WRAL? You don't even know when it opened? Once again awesome reporting by the biggest hack news org around!

  • commonsense4 Sep 5, 10:01 a.m.

    "Wouldnt go downtown unless I was arrested and taken to jail."

    You must be really adventurous!

  • cwood3 Sep 5, 9:35 a.m.

    Downtown boy-why compete with Walnut Creek- a much larger venue with much better accustics. Also-private venue vs. more government controlled venue???

    No brainer-advertise with my money somewhere else!!

  • mfarmer1 Sep 5, 8:51 a.m.

    Sounds Like A Waist of Money.

  • BigOski Sep 5, 8:44 a.m.

    Im pretty sure...I know...I have gone to shows there well before what WRAL is saying as the opening date of June 2012. It's been open at least a couple years.

  • LuvLivingInCary Sep 5, 8:26 a.m.

    hmmm. red hat amphitheater featuring bare naked ladies. sounds like the hot place to be.

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