Sold out performances by Sting and Imagine Dragons mark the opening of America’s Cup Pavilion

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The America’s Cup Pavilion, a striking open air, waterfront, 9,000-seat amphitheater opened over the weekend with sold out shows by Imagine Dragons (Friday) and Sting (Sunday).

Tickets were hard to come by as both shows sold out quickly with music fans eager to get a look at San Francisco’s newest concert venue. Imagine Dragons and Sting are the first of upwards of 25 shows planned at the America’s Cup Pavilion over the summer, before the temporary facility comes down in October, following the America’s Cup racing.

“We couldn’t be happier with the opening concerts,” said Aaron Siuda, Vice President of Live Nation Northern California. “Both performers enjoyed playing the venue and the crowd response has been phenomenal.”

The weekend concerts attracted enthusiastic music fans and VIPs alike. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee spoke about how the America’s Cup Summer of Racing would impact San Francisco this summer.

“We're all extremely fortunate to have the America’s Cup and the Concert Series right here in San Francisco,” he said. “It's a huge draw that will generate hundreds of million of dollars and thousands of jobs. To be able to have all this where people live and work is just incredible.”

© ACEA / Gilles Martin-Raget © ACEA / Gilles Martin-Raget


The opening weekend of concerts come just one month ahead of opening day at the America’s Cup Park, which is scheduled for July 4th. The America’s Cup Concert Series is an integral component of the ‘Summer of Racing’ providing live entertainment across a wide variety of genres at the new venue along San Francisco’s famed Embarcadero. A full list of acts is available here.

The next concert is the Steve Miller Band and The Doobie Brothers, scheduled for June 21st. Tickets are available here.

A portion of ticket proceeds from all performances at the America’s Cup Pavilion will be donated to charities and community groups. This weekend’s shows will benefit a fund in the name of Andrew Simpson to benefit youth sailing, as well as the Bay Area Association of Disabled Sailors.