Pier 6 Pavilion
Pier Six.jpg
View from an adjacent pier (c.2013)
Former namesHarbor Lights Concert Pavilion (1981-91)
Pier Six Concert Pavilion (1991-2004)
Cavalier Telephone Pavilion (2004-06)
Pier Six Pavilion (2006-18)
MECU Pavilion (2019-21)
Address731 Eastern Ave
Baltimore, MD 21202-4320
LocationInner Harbor
Public transitShot Tower / Market Place
OwnerCity of Baltimore
Operator
Capacity4,600
Construction
Built1981
Opened1981 (1981)
Renovated
  • 1991
  • 2006
  • 2018

Pier Six Pavilion is a music venue located in Baltimore, Maryland. The waterfront venue is located on Pier Six of the Inner Harbor and opened in 1981.

History

Pier Six Pavilion, foreground, with an overview of Inner Harbor
Pier Six Pavilion, foreground, with an overview of Inner Harbor

The venue opened in 1981 as a temporary structure known as the "Harbor Lights Concert Pavilion",[1] with a capacity of 3,133. In 1990, the City of Baltimore enlisted Future Tents Limited (now known as FTL Associates) to create a permanent structure. The $4.9 million renovation was completed in July 1991, now known as the "Pier Six Concert Pavilion", with an increased capacity of 4,341.[2] In 2004, the venue was briefly known as the "Cavalier Telephone Pavilion",[3] until the City restored its original name in 2006.[4]

On June 15, 1998, Travis Barker played his first show with Blink 182 (as an official member of Blink 182) at Pier Six. The concert was sponsored by local radio station WHFS, as part of their 'Summer Jam' concert series.[5]

On November 30, 2016, a contract was approved to allow Live Nation and SMG co-operate Pier Six for up to 10 years.[6] As part of the agreement, the pavilion underwent a $4 million renovation that includes the installation of a new tent and seats.[7] Following renovations, the venue capacity was increased to 4,600.[8]

The naming rights of the venue were sold to the Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore in April 2018, effectively changing its name to "MECU Pavilion."[9]

Noted performers

References

  1. ^ Addis, Bill; Walker, Derek (August 25, 1998). Happold: The Confidence to Build. Taylor & Francis. pp. 73–74. ISBN 0419240608.
  2. ^ Aparicio, Nestor (July 25, 1991). "Pier Six pavilion new, improved and ready for concerts". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  3. ^ Tunison, Michael (July 27, 2004). "Inner Harbor". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  4. ^ "Pier Six celebrates ?Extreme Miracle Makeover?". Washington Examiner. April 17, 2016. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  5. ^ "Watch blink-182's First Show Ever With Travis Barker". Kerrang!. May 26, 2019.
  6. ^ Munshaw, Jonathan (November 30, 2016). "Live Nation, SMG contract to operate Pier Six is approved despite protest". Baltimore Business Journal. Advance Publications. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Sharrow, Ryan (March 17, 2018). "Pier Six Pavilion getting new tent, seats as part of multimillion-dollar renovation". Baltimore Business Journal. Advance Publications. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  8. ^ Yeager, Amanda (April 24, 2018). "MECU buys naming rights to Pier Six Pavilion". Baltimore Business Journal. Advance Publications. Retrieved November 2, 2019.
  9. ^ Case, Wesley (April 24, 2018). "Under renovations, Pier Six Pavilion announces name change to MECU Pavilion". The Baltimore Sun. Tribune Publishing. Archived from the original on November 2, 2019. Retrieved November 2, 2019.

Coordinates: 39°17′1″N 76°36′15″W / 39.28361°N 76.60417°W / 39.28361; -76.60417