White River Amphitheatre, Auburn

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White River Amphitheatre is a Live Nation managed concert venue, located 8 miles east of Auburn, Washington and 7 miles west of Enumclaw, Washington on the Muckleshoot Indian Reservation. It is 22 miles northeast of Tacoma and 36 miles southeast of Seattle. The capacity is 16,000, with 9,000 covered seats. Completed in 2003, the 98-acre project cost more than $30 million and hosts musical events under an acoustically treated metal roof; it features two 30-by-40-foot video screens on either side of the stage.
White River Amphitheater opened on June 14, 2003. Home-town stars Heart were the opening act. Although ground had been broken eight years earlier, the project had been delayed due to the environmental impact statement and traffic concerns.
The Army Corps of Engineers signed off on construction in September 2002. In February 2003, the Washington State Department of Transportation "issued a permit allowing access from crowded, two-lane state Route 164."
When it opened, the venue was operated by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, Clear Channel Entertainment and Bill Graham Presents. Today it is operated by Live Nation; they reduced capacity from 20,000 to 16,000 in 2015. To mitigate traffic, the venue offers shuttles from (and to) the Auburn Super Mall, which was renamed The Outlet Collection Seattle for some concerts. Shuttles depart after they are filled, with 42 people per shuttle.
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  • Visited this location for a 5 band concert. Per reviews we showed up about 1 hr prior to the show and parking attendants had cars starting at the back of the lot first which was great for being one of...  more »
  • Beautiful facility and superb acoustics for a semi outdoor venue. Plus if you are working as a crew member for shows the loading/unloading bays are right next to the back of the stage and easy to access. The only semi difficult route is from the trucks to the sound booth area in the center of the seating area but it's nothing compared century link. Traffic sucks if you are there for a concert though. One long road in the middle of native American land, leave extra time for travel.
  • Loved the amphitheatre!! Beautiful night and great music!! Lady O and Russel, great time.. Parking was rough, as we had a handicap person with us.....no parking close.

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