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Renee McMahon
Happy to be at Memorial Stadium.
Anyone else find it strange that the Seattle Center's Memorial Stadium -- basically the same capacity in

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Question: Where Would You Rather See a Show: White River Amp Or Memorial Stadium?

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Renee McMahon
Happy to be at Memorial Stadium.
Anyone else find it strange that the Seattle Center's Memorial Stadium -- basically the same capacity in the early 20,000 range as The Gorge and White River -- doesn't get used for shows unless it's Bumbershoot? Historically, there have been some great shows there. I saw R.E.M. play a pseudo-Bumbershoot set there the day before the fest in 1999, Pearl Jam played a pair of shows there in 1998, and who could forget the day that Kid Rock, Metallica, AND Dr. Dre shared the stage with Eminem to celebrate the opening of EMP in 2000?

I've heard more grumbling (not just from my own mouth) about White River than any other venue I've ever been to. But I've never heard anyone leave a Memorial Stadium show at Bumbershoot griping about the venue, especially when you're only a cab ride from home.

So, how 'bout it? Would you rather see a show at Auburn's White River--so far, it's Sting, KUBE's Summer Jam, Iron Maide, Rihanna, etc.-- or at Seattle Center's Memorial Stadium?

Let's considering the following pros and cons:

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Justin Dylan Renney
The show may be over, but the night has just begun.
White River Amphitheater:

Pros:

-- It's new (ish).

-- There's covered seating in FRONT of the sage.

-- There's a view of Mt. Rainier.

Cons:

-- You have to pack 17 sandwiches before you leave to account for the 2 hours you'll sit in traffic en route to the show, and the 5 hours you'll sit in the parking lot waiting to get out afterward.

-- There's really no reason to go out there other than the show.

-- The local Muckleshoot casino doesn't have a hotel.

Memorial Stadium:

Pros:

-- It's classic.

-- You can take the bus there.

-- You can get home in under 30 minutes.

-- There's a view of the Space Needle.

-- You can eat at Dick's after the show.

-- Seattle Center/LQA could use the business.

Cons:

-- It's old, and fairly dilapidated.

-- The turf can be murder on the back.

 
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