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Austin360 Amphitheater

9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd., Austin, TX, 78617
(512) 301-6600

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Austin360 Amphitheater
9201 Circuit of the Americas Blvd.
Austin, TX 78617
(512) 301-6600
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May 06, 2013 - TargetTCell
Amazing Place

Finally, something as hip as Austin's music scene. GREAT ACOUSTICS, comfortable leg room/reserved seats, spectacular and design.
No more trying to get successful acts to sound good in a basketball, hockey or rodeo arena!
I like the pre-concert game/picnic area.

Negative was the taco stand. Skip it. Stick to the big margaritas.

This place is among the best outdoor theaters I've been to - Hollywood Bowl doesn't touch it (except for its nostalgia). Red Rocks is the only setting that is as dramatic as this stage, at the base of the glowing tower.

Overall music and venue experience was outstanding.

May 03, 2013 - hallmark
COTA Tower Amphitheater a Total Ripoff

On April 26, a friend and I attended a concert by The Lumineers at the Tower Amphitheater at Circuit of the Americas, where we had purchased lawn tickets for a total of $38 each. The entire experience was AWFUL, except for the high quality of music provided by this talented band. Here are my gripes, in order of occurrence: (1) The cheapest parking was a whopping $20, and the attendant told us we were lucky because it’s $30 on race days. (2) Unlike circumstances at the vast majority of similar outdoor venues, guests are forbidden to take any beverages or food inside the gates. This forced us to purchase dinner and drinks onsite – which were outrageously overpriced ($9 for a lite beer, $8 for three ounces of crappy wine, $12 for a hamburger, etc.) and of horrible quality. My cheeseburger was charred to black; I threw it out after two bites and just ate popcorn (a relative bargain at $5/box) instead. (3) The sole option for bathrooms was a line of portables, which meant that being able to wash your hands was out of the question. Yes, you could walk to a permanent restroom located far away under the grandstand, but the lines there were hopelessly long. (4) The concert was slated to start at 8:00 PM, which it did – with a shamefully lame warm-up band that seemed to have been thrown together at the last minute with a ragtag ensemble of unemployed local musicians. We suffered through their music for one hour, then another warm-up band – The Tumbleweeds from Louisiana – played for yet another hour. The difference was, their music (mostly bluegrass) was quite good. (5) When the Lumineers finally appeared, shortly before 10:00 PM, every single person in the lawn area (which was packed to the gills and, we later learned, grossly oversold) STOOD UP, and remained standing for the 80 minutes or so that The Lumineers played. Since the lawn area is completely flat, that meant that unless you were at least six feet tall, your only view for the entirety of the concert was the backs of the people in front of you. Yes, there are large screens on either side of the stage – but since they’re not much bigger than the side of a semi-truck, and are mounted no higher than the floor of the stage, they are of absolutely no use when you’re stuck in the middle of a standing-only mob. Finally, we just gave up and sat on our blanket to listen to the music. (6) We waited in line for 20 minutes for a shuttle to take us back to our remote parking lot, even though we could see several shuttles in the distance that were simply idling on the curb. In summary, I can’t think of a single good thing to say about the venue. As I said, The Lumineers were great, but without being able to see the band, we might as well have stayed home and listened to their CD – and saved ourselves a bucketload of money. This is one Austin resident who will never, ever be suckered into attending a COTA event again.

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