Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater

June 7th, 2010

I know visitors come to for pictures of the Backstreet Boys, so I won’t disappoint you. I captured a few images during the last few songs on Sunday night at the Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater from the adjacent Convention Center parking garage.

Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater crowds

Backstreet Boys at Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater

Backstreet Boys in Raleigh

Lets just call it the Bud Light Raleigh Amphitheater and be done with it

Some empty seats after the rain

Fans leaving the Raleigh Amphitheater

Aftermath surrounding the Downtown Raleigh Amphitheater

They finished up the work on the Amphitheater with little time to spare. This is two days before opening:
Wednesday before the show at Raleigh Amphitheater

Animated Backstreet dance


  1. Anonymous says:

    June 7th, 2010 at 6:40 pm (#)

    Nice pictures. I some how knew you would come thru with pictures!!

  2. Anonymous says:

    June 8th, 2010 at 7:55 am (#)

    excellent once again

  3. Anonymous says:

    June 8th, 2010 at 9:23 am (#)

    I’m still trying to figure out why they built this ampitheater. What is wrong with Walnut Creek??

  4. Anonymous says:

    June 8th, 2010 at 10:03 am (#)

    Matt, your photos surpassed my expectations, and believe me, I expected perfection 🙂 What is not known to most is that the wind – weather conditions, in general – made the job very tough. The angle from the parking deck was excellent, IMO, and your tripods were strong enough, but even so, taking photos on a windy night like that was a big challenge. Mine didn’t turn out bad – damn the aperture I used – but once more you demonstrated to me that taking plenty of photos is not what counts. It is the quality of a few good shots that matters, and I can only imagine how many more excellent shots you could have gotten if the weather was better and you had more time in your hands.

    Regarding the amphitheater, I can see why many people react and I will try to explain my view as briefly as I can. First of all, it is a great venue. It will bring more people downtown, without a doubt. Second, it is better than looking into an empty parcel, which will remain undeveloped for the years to come. Third, it will demonstrate how nice it is to host concerts near the core and not far from it. Fourth, not every band can fill the Walnut Creek Amphitheater. Scattered fans don’t usually create a positive image for a band. Also, many bands need more space than the nearby Lincoln Theater can provide. This Amphitheater is a “compromise”, but also a way to test the waters. If we cannot handle 5500 people (the maximum capacity) then how can we expect to handle more, if we add an arena nearby, in the future? Sure, we could get better venues, but this is a safe bet and I applaud the city leaders for making this move.

  5. Anonymous says:

    June 11th, 2010 at 12:48 am (#)

    Darren, I think the better question is “why didn’t they build Walnet Creek in DT Raleigh?” The ampitheatre is a good first step though.

  6. Anonymous says:

    June 11th, 2010 at 9:41 am (#)

    It would take half downtown proper. Plus, it would keep the NIMBYs awake all the time… Now, we don’t want that, do we? 😆

  7. Anonymous says:

    August 22nd, 2010 at 10:12 am (#)

    Darren, This Venue is a complementary venue to Walnut Creek that brings in acts that wont sell well / arent big enoughto be hosted at walnut creek. It is going and already has brought in some very good mid tier acts. RDTA- 5,000 Capacity….WC – 20,000. Only downside ive seen is that the shows have to end fairly early due to noise ordinances.

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