America’s Cup venue music events given approval 

The 9,000-seat America's Cup Pavilion will hold as many as 30 concerts between May 31 through Oct. 15. - COURTESY RENDERING
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  • The 9,000-seat America's Cup Pavilion will hold as many as 30 concerts between May 31 through Oct. 15.

The entertainment permit that would allow dozens of concerts to be held at the America’s Cup Pavilion was approved unanimously Tuesday night by the Entertainment Commission, despite objections from surrounding neighborhoods.

As many as 30 nighttime concerts could be held at the 9,000-seat venue, located at Piers 27-29 as part of the America’s Cup Village. The venue will be used as a viewing area for races during the America’s Cup and related events this summer and fall.

Entertainment Commissioner Glendon Hyde applauded Live Nation’s outreach with neighbors before Tuesday’s hearing.

“I do understand it’s going to be an inconvenience,” he said. “But I would’ve rather seen the neighborhood lobbying their mayor and supervisor for money to go from this inconvenience to tackle the gang warfare from happening on Broadway. I don’t think stopping these concerts is the answer.”

Neighbors with the Telegraph Hill Dwellers submitted a letter to the commission, stating that while progress had been made, they’d still like to see more compromise from the venue and its organizers. Neighborhood groups hope to have the number of maximum events drop to 20 and have events end 30 minutes earlier than currently scheduled. Weekday events are expected to end by 10:30 p.m., while Friday and Saturday events are expected to end by 11 p.m., per the amended permit application.

Matt Prieshoff, chief operating officer for Live Nation, said the outdoor pavilion is a unique opportunity for The City.

“The most musical city in America is San Francisco,” Prieshoff said. “Two out of every 1,000 habitants are artists. The arts are incredibly important to San Francisco. It’s unique for San Francisco not to have an outdoor amphitheater.”

Concerts will start May 31 with Imagine Dragons. Sting, Jason Mraz, Steve Miller Band, Train and the Jonas Brothers, among others, have already been confirmed for shows throughout the summer. Concerts are not expected to be held past Oct. 15 since America’s Cup organizers need to turn the pier back over to the Port of San Francisco by Oct. 31.

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