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Xfinity Center (Mansfield, Massachusetts)

Xfinity Center
Great Woods
Amphitheatre shown during Lilith Fair, circa 1998
Former names Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts (1986-99)
Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (1999–2008)
Comcast Center (2008-13)
Address 885 S Main St
Mansfield, MA 02048-3148
Coordinates
Owner Live Nation New England
Operator Live Nation New England
Capacity 19,900
Construction
Opened June 13, 1986 (1986-06-13)
Renovated 2002
Expanded 1994
Construction cost US$13 million
($28.5 million in 2016 dollars[1])
Website
Venue Info

The Xfinity Center (originally the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts and commonly Great Woods) is an outdoor amphitheater located in Mansfield, Massachusetts; 35 miles southwest of Boston. The venue opened during the summer of 1986 with a capacity of 12,000. It was expanded in 1994 to 19,900; 7,000 reserved seats, 7,000 lawn seats and 5,900 general admission seats.[2] The season for the venue is typically from mid May until late September. In 2010, it was named Top Grossing Amphitheater by Billboard.[3]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Naming history 2
  • Notable performances 3
  • See also 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

History

The venue was proposed by Don Law, John E. Drew and Sherman Wolf in 1985. Originally, the suggested site was in Brookline, Massachusetts. At that time, the venue was planned to be a performing arts center, consisting of concert hall, auditorium and black box theater. After conducting research, Law concluded the New England region was in desperate need of an outdoors venue (at the time, the main outdoor venue was Tanglewood, Cape Cod Melody Tent and the South Shore Music Circus).[3] The performing arts center was converted into an amphitheatre. The site was moved to Mansfield to create a regional venue, being within 40 miles of Providence, Boston, Worcester and Cape Cod.

The venue opened June 13, 1986 as the "Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts"; with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.[3] It was one of the busiest venues in New England, hosting nearly 80 concerts per season. Over the years, additional amphitheaters were added to the region. The XFINITY Theatre in Hartford and the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston brought competition to the area, bringing the venue to an average of 36 events per season.[4]

In 1998, the owner of venue, Don Law Company, was sold to Comcast bought naming rights, with the venue becoming the Comcast Center in 2008. The company renamed the venue "Xfinity Center" in 2014, to correspond with its current product branding.[6]

Naming history

  • Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts (June 13, 1986—July 8, 1999)[7]
  • Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts (July 9, 1999—June 3, 2008)[8]
  • Comcast Center (June 4, 2008—December 31, 2013)[9]
  • Xfinity Center (January 1, 2014—Present)[10]

Notable performances

See also

References

  1. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "Comcast Center in Mansfield has new name: Xfinity Center".  
  3. ^ a b c Massimo, Rick (May 23, 2010). "Outdoor arena known as the Comcast Center marks 25th birthday". The Providence Journal. A. H. Belo Corporation. Archived from the original on April 9, 2014. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ Catlin, Roger (May 10, 1995). "Great Woods Not Sweating Meadows' Opening".  
  5. ^ Anderman, Joan (May 22, 2009). "Live-music czar Law returns to roots of his success". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Comcast Center in Mansfield renamed Xfinity Center".  
  7. ^ Foster, Catherine (June 12, 1986). "Open-air theater finds private-sector believers".  
  8. ^ Monahan, Kerri (March 25, 1999). "Great Woods announces lineup".  
  9. ^ Johnson, Carolyn Y. (June 5, 2008). "Comcast in, Tweeter out in Mansfield". The Boston Globe. The New York Times Company. Retrieved April 9, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Comcast Center Changes Name To Xfinity Center".  
  11. ^ Sleeping with the Past Tour
  12. ^ http://www.aeroforceone.com/index.cfm/pk/content/pid/804156
  13. ^ http://www.theprp.com/2010/04/15/news/avenged-sevenfold-added-to-mansfield-ma-mayhem-festival-date/

External links

  • Xfinity Center on Livenation
  • Xfinity Center
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