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First known as Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts and then as the Tweeter Center, the Comcast Center is an outdoor concert amphitheatre in Mansfield, Massachusetts. The theatre, which is about 35 miles southeast of downtown Boston, opened in 1986. The current seating capacity at the venue is about 19,900. This includes 7,000 covered pavilion seats, 7,000 open air seats, and room for about almost 6,000 in general admission seating on the lawn. It was known as the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts until 1999. That year, the naming rights to the venue were sold to Tweeter, an electronics retail store. When Tweeter declared bankruptcy in 2008, the Comcast Corporation purchased the naming rights, and it was immediately renamed the Comcast Center.

Events at the Great Woods Center for the Performing Arts

The venue opened in the summer of 1986 with a performance by Yo-Yo Ma and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. In addition to several more performances from the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, other acts in the early years of the amphitheatre were quite diverse. They included Bill Cosby, Jimmy Buffett, Yitzhak Perlman, Eric Clapton, and Boston natives Aerosmith, who have subsequently performed at the venue 23 times. Also, the Allman Brothers filmed their 1992 DVD Live at Great Woods at the Great Woods.

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A number of well known and successful acts continued to appear at the venue after the naming rights were sold to Tweeter. Most famously, Pearl Jam performed a three and a half hour show (their longest ever) at the Tweeter Center on July 11, 2003. The band performed 48 songs that night, and the recording of the show was later released under the title 7/11/03 – Mansfield, Massachusetts. Other notable concerts at the Tweeter Center were a 2006 Korn show when they recorded their Family Values DVD and the Who’s 2002 The Who: Live in Boston DVD.

Events and Seating Options at the Comcast Center

After Comcast purchased the naming rights in 2008, the venue continued to offer a number of high quality shows during the summer season. Acts during the summer of 2010 included Rascal Flatts, Nickelback, Toby Keith, Jack Johnson, the Jonas Brothers, and the American Idol LIVE Tour. The seating is set up with three general sections and a row of VIP boxes. The first seating section closest to the stage, and the VIP boxes are directly behind these seats. While ticket prices for the first level of seating will vary according to the show, expect to pay about $100 or more for these. In the seating section, the mezzanine, ticket prices will generally be in the $50 to $100 range. In the third section, which consists of the open air seating, tickets for the average top bill show will range between $40 and $50. Finally, tickets on the lawn will typically cost around $35 to $40 for most shows.

For those who are traveling from out of town to see a show at the Comcast Center, there are several hotels about 2 to 3 miles north of the amphitheatre on Commercial Street. As one might expect, prices at the hotels are typically more expensive on the weekend nights when there is a show at the Comcast Center. Also, the NFL’s New England Patriots play their home games in nearby Foxboro, so if you need a hotel in the area during the fall, plan ahead to make sure the hotels do not fill up with Patriots fans.

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