First Niagara Pavilion

The First Niagara Pavilion is Burgettstown, Pennsylvania’s biggest outdoor amphitheater with a seating capacity of 23,000. Roughly 7,100 seats make up reserved open-air seating, and roughly 16,000 seats account for lawn seating. Owned and operated by Live Nation, the venue hosts some of the most popular names in music.

First Niagara Pavilion History

Located just 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, the venue first opened its doors in 1990. The original venue name was Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheater. Billy Joel was the venue’s first national performer, and his performance generated such a tremendous response that a second date was added.

The venue would be renamed twice over time. It was first renamed to Post-Gazette Pavilion and then again renamed in 2010 to its current name: First Niagara Pavilion.

Notable Concerts and Festivals At First Niagara Pavilion

Several world-famous acts have performed at the first Niagara Pavilion. With a high seating capacity, the venue is a popular stop on many national and international tours. Some of the most notable performers include:

  • Phish – The band performed and recorded their July 29, 2003 show. It would later be released as a live album.
  • Jimmy Buffet and the Coral Reefer Band have performed at the venue almost every year since its opening year.

Aside from individual acts, the venue has also hosted many popular music festivals, including the Family Values Tour, Crue Fest, Crue Fest 2, All That! Music and More Festival, H.O.R.D.E. Festival, Identity Festival, Lilith Fair, Ozzfest, Mayhem Festival and the Vans Warped Tour.

Janet Jackson was supposed to perform at the venue during her Rhythm Nation tour in 1990, but the show was canceled. Kings of Leon and Fleetwood Mac also had scheduled shows during their tours, but the shows were, unfortunately, canceled.

Despite the venue’s name changes, First Niagara Pavilion still remains as one of the top concert venues in the Pittsburgh area.

Latest news & announced events

Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival: Slayer, King Diamond, Hell Yeah & Devil Wears Prada
Saturday, Jul 18, 2015

Van Halen
Tuesday, Jul 28, 2015

Nicki Minaj, Meek Mill & Rae Sremmurd
Saturday, Aug 8, 2015

Zac Brown Band
Sunday, May 24, 2015

Kelly Clarkson, Pentatonix & Eric Hutchinson
Sunday, Jul 19, 2015

J. Cole, Big Sean, YG & Jeremih
Thursday, Jul 30, 2015

Kid Rock & Foreigner
Sunday, Jun 28, 2015

Toby Keith & Eli Young Band
Saturday, Sep 26, 2015

Florida Georgia Line, Thomas Rhett & Frankie Ballard
Saturday, Aug 15, 2015

Tim McGraw, Billy Currington & Chase Bryant
Sunday, Aug 30, 2015