America’s Cup planners and Live Nation announced today that San Francisco will host a temporary waterfront venue between Piers 27/29 with a capacity up to 9,000 seats.
The venue will serve as the home for America’s Cup, and will debut with a performance by Sting in June.
The venue will roughly be the size of the Greek Theater in Berkeley and will host ticketed and non-ticketed events such as concerts, comedy performances, family shows and America’s Cup-related events.
“An outdoor venue in the city of San Francisco is long overdue,” said Jodi Goodman, president of Live Nation Northern California, in a statement about the venue.
Stephen Barclay, CEO of the America’s Cup Event Authority, said the venue would offer “both entertainment and educational opportunities in the family friendly environment of the America’s Cup Park.”
Sting will kick off his critically acclaimed Back to Bass world tour at the venue on the Embarcadero on June 2. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 22.
The outcome of the venue is still ambiguous, as it is deemed “temporary,” but events have been booked until October, coinciding with the Louis Vuitton Cup (the America’s Cup Challenger Series), the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup and the America’s Cup Finals.
Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring 2013.