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Shoreline Amphitheatre
Coordinates 37°25′36″N 122°04′51″W / 37.426778°N 122.080733°W / 37.426778; -122.080733Coordinates: 37°25′36″N 122°04′51″W / 37.426778°N 122.080733°W / 37.426778; -122.080733
Type Outdoor amphitheatre
Opened 1986
Location Mountain View, California
Seating type reserved, lawn
Capacity 22,000
Shoreline Amphitheatre as seen from ground level
Aerial photograph of Shoreline Amphitheatre, with the parking lots and the neighboring golf course.

Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater in Mountain View, California, USA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a capacity of 22,000, with 6,500 reserved seats and 15,500 unreserved lawn seating.



The Amphitheatre was built from 1985 to 1986 by the city of Mountain View in cooperation with local promoter Bill Graham as part of the Shoreline Park project. The premiere season was during the Summer of 1986; it was planned to open with the Grateful Dead, who had to cancel due to Jerry Garcia's coma. Graham designed the amphitheatre to resemble the Grateful Dead "steal your face" image. Each row of fixed seating at the amphitheatre has a pitch of three feet, providing ample legroom and space for dancing.

Built on a landfill

In its opening year, a fan attending a Steve Winwood concert flicked a cigarette lighter and ignited methane that had been leaking from a landfill underneath the theatre. Several small fires were reported that season. After those incidents the city of Mountain View commissioned methane testing studies to define the locus of methane vapors emanating from the soil within the Shoreline Amphitheater.[1] These tests were used in developing a design for improved methane monitoring and more efficient methane extraction to assure the amphitheater became safe as an outdoor venue. Ultimately the lawn was removed to allow the installation of a gas barrier and better methane removal equipment.

See also


  1. ^ Methane testing in the vicinity of landfill environs, EMI prepared for the City of Mountain View, Ca., 1986-87

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