The Comcast Center (aka Tweeter Center, aka Great Woods) is a flexible outdoor music venue, that allows you to customize your music experience- for a price.
At one end of the spectrum, the Comcast Center can offer a reasonable setting for a fun get-together with friends or family. A sunny afternoon tailgating, then $30 lawn tickets to enjoy the distant concert while the sun goes down. Good times...
However, be prepared for possible weather issues (strong sun or rain) and definite parking issues (very long waits to leave after a show). Also, depending on the type of concert, some of the 20,000 attending will be intoxicated after the show, security will be stressed out and problems can happen.
Alternatively, one or more key upgrades can turn a visit to this amphitheater into a very special night of music. Firstly, you should invest the $40 to get Premiere Parking- first in / first out and it is worth it! Private lots near the entrance are also available. Unless you have something "special" to do in your car for a few hours, or you enjoy the inevitable anarchy of post-concert, drunken gridlocked; you should pay for parking.
Secondly, choose your tickets well. Only sections 1-8 are covered, while seats in sections 9-15 are exposed to the sun / rain and are a bit far back. Sitting in the rain watching the show on a giant screen will dampen the special mood.
Covered seating sections are set up like this
4 5 6 7 8
--1 2 3--
If you are not a real fan of the band, then choose seats as close as possible in sections 5-7. If those are taken, then choose seats in sections 4 & 8 towards the center (section 4: seats numbers above #35, or section 8: seat numbers below #25).
If you really like the band, then choose seats in sections 1-3. If you really, really like them- anything before row "S" will give you a surprisingly close-up experience. However if you love the music and want the prime seats, splurge for the front and center view from section 2, rows A-S.
Those who like going overboard, may enjoy the VIP seats in the first few rows. These are available for most shows for an extra few hundred dollars. However, unless you're a real fanatic, or the lucky girl who catches the sweaty T-shirt thrown to the crowd, there is limited extra value to these seats. Some VIP packages include VIP Parking and access to exclusive pre-concert BBQs, photo ops or other special events. The VIP entrance is towards the right and has its own line to get in.
Of course, even VIPs will have to suffer the Comcast Center's two greatest shortcomings...
Crowded bathrooms and overpriced food ($10 beers, $7 smoothies, $10 chicken fingers & fries)
However you customize it, the Comcast Center's boisterous outdoor vibe is a welcome treat after a cold winter of indoor arenas, and offers a steady stream of popular entertainers from May through September.
The Comcast Center allows food in, provided it fits into a one gallon bag (Soft Coolers Only!). One bag per person. Plus one factory sealed bottle of water per person.
Cameras are allowed inside, with the exception of those with removable lenses. Professional video or audio recording devices are not permitted. All bags are subject to search upon entry and are subject to additional searches within the arena. Fan banners / signs must be handheld, cannot obstruct the view of other guests and cannot be attached to sticks/poles. Also prohibited: Chairs, hard plastic coolers, umbrellas, mace, knives, laser pointers, and large backpacks or bags.
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