About Ak-Chin Pavilion
With a combined seating capacity of more than 20,000, the Ak-Chin Pavilion is pretty much the largest outdoor amphitheater in all of Phoenix, Arizona. This open-air pavilion has some stiff competition, too, so that’s a major accomplishment – in a neighborhood where major venues like the Talking Stick Resort and the Gila River Arena vie for attention, it takes a big bad mother to stand out. And you better believe that the Ak-Chin Pavilion does just that!
History of the Ak-Chin Pavilion
Opening in November of 1990 with a sold-out performance of Billy Joel, the Ak-Chin Pavilion hit the ground running. Designed to have around 8,000 seats set under its open-air pavilion and have room for another 12,000 on the expansive lawn surrounding it, the venue has been a rock-solid performance space for nearly three decades.
In fact, the only thing that has really changed over the years has been its name: first, it was just the Desert Sky Pavilion, then it was the Blockbuster Desert Sky Pavilion, and then it was the Cricket Pavilion for about five minutes before being renamed – wait for it – the Cricket Wireless Pavilion. Then it was known by the unfortunate name as the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion. You’d best believe there were a lot of sighs of relief when the Ak-Chin Indian Community stepped in to buy the naming rights in 2014!
What Makes Ak-Chin Pavilion Events So Special?
You wouldn’t think that Phoenix would be smack dab in the center of the music scene but thanks to the Ak-Chin Pavilion the city gets major names each and every year. This means that if you ever want to see your favorite famous band, you just need to wait for the warmer months – they’ll be paying a visit to the Ak-Chin Pavilion, guaranteed. What a time to be alive!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Ak-Chin Pavilion located?
This amphitheater is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
What kind of events does Ak-Chin Pavilion host?
The Ak-Chin Pavilion is the premier outdoor venue in Phoenix, and its April through October season crams in as many big names as you can think of every year. Ak-Chin Pavilion concerts are always lit, especially in the summer, and names like Van Halen, Nine Inch Nails, Metallica, Bon Jovi, and other arena rockers share the stage with regular stops for, The Vans Warped Tour, The Vote for Change Tour, Lollapalooza, The Gigantour, Crüe Fest, Lilith Fair, Ozzfest, Mayhem Festival, and Projekt Revolution.
Which team is playing at Ak-Chin Pavilion?
As this is a concert amphitheater no team plays here.
Where can I park for free at Ak-Chin Pavilion?
Parking is incorporated into the ticket price for the majority of Ak-Chin Pavillion events, so there is no extra charge at the venue. Parking lots open two hours before the start of the show.
What is the seating capacity of Ak-Chin Pavilion?
Ak-Chin Pavillion events can seat up to 20,106 screaming fans.
Who owns Ak-Chin Pavilion?
Ak-Chin Pavillion is owned by Live Nation Entertainment.
How do I get to Ak-Chin Pavilion using public transport?
There aren’t many public transport options available for Ak-Chin Pavilion events. However, the Valley metro and 83 bus will both drop you off right by the stadium. As parking is “free,” or pre-paid for in your ticket,” we recommend you drive, or carpool.