The Cricket Wireless Pavilion
is an amphitheater
located in Phoenix, Arizona USA
which seats 8,000 under a pavilion roof and an additional 12,000 on a spacious hillside behind the main stands. It was formerly known as Desert Sky Pavilion
, and opened in November 1990 (Billy Joel
was the venue's inaugural performer). With a total capacity of 20,000, Cricket Wireless Pavilion's capacity is higher than US Airways Center
and Jobing.com Arena
. The amphitheater's season starts in April and closes in October.
The lawn at the amphitheater contains several video screens.
The amphitheater has been used to hold many famous concerts and tours, especially in the summer months of July and August when it usually hosts the Ozzfest
and Projekt Revolution
tours. In July of 2008, the amphitheater held the Phoenix date of the Mayhem festival
Fall Out Boy recorded their live album at Cricket Pavillion.