Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre is a 17,916 capacity amphitheatre located in Greenwood Village, Colorado. It is the largest outdoor amphitheatre in the Denver metropolitan area. The amphitheatre is generally open every year from May to September.
It features 7,500 fixed seats and a general admission lawn section. The amphitheatre is nestled in Greenwood Plaza near the Denver Technological Center amongst office buildings. It opened in 1988 under the original name of Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre with a performance by Dan Fogelberg on June 11, 1988. It was later renamed to Coors Amphitheatre and had an exclusive operating contract with House of Blues until its sale to the new operator Live Nation. John Mayer and Counting Crows opened their 2003 tour with Maroon 5 on July 7, 2003 at Coors Amphitheatre with pre-tour rehearsals taking place at Coors Amphitheatre. The name has since reverted back to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. Eric Clapton played a show there with Mark Knopfler in 1988. Museum of Outdoor ArtsMOA, a local non-profit, owns Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre and gave the venue its name when it originally opened. The amphitheatre began as an earth sculpture (made up only of earth and grass) where local business people could break for a lunchtime concert series sponsored by Museum of Outdoor Arts. Later, walls and seats were installed to make it the venue it is today. MOA has leased the venue out to large promoters such as MCA Concerts, House of Blues and currently Live Nation.
Also owned by MOA is Samson Park, which is connected to Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre. Samson Park features outdoor sculptures owned by Museum of Outdoor Arts, including its famous bronze series of Alice in Wonderland by artist Harry Marinsky, Stickworks by internationally renowned artist Patrick Dougherty, kinetic sculpture Estacas by Ken Bortolazzo, African sculpture by Agnes Nyanhongo and also features seasonal installations by renowned Colorado-based artist Lonnie Hanzon.