Pancho Villa Pavillion
Pancho Villa Pavillion
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Carl O
Chesapeake, VA170 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
It has changed it's name, but the general situation remains. They have added artificial grass in the Gold Circle area and that certainly helps and we had Platinum tickets...the VIP area, food, drinks, and portable bathrooms associated with that were nice. Parking was terrible (and you had to pay $4 for the honor of parking in the 2-foot high grass) and I am just glad the main act was not who we were there to see and we got out early to avoid the chaos. Otherwise, it was a dusty (or muddy as it applies) field with not much ambience. And we did drive our 4WD truck....;-) Not sure I'd make too many three hour drives to visit again.
Written September 21, 2016
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NEALis67
Fredericksburg, VA224 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
If it has rained recently and you are going to a concert here. You better have a four wheel drive vehicle. Parking is a free for all. Poor organization. The band we saw was under cover but the roof was leaking. People had to keep moping up. The band could only just stand around or they would slip and fall. The sound system is awful. I can't believe a band as popular as they are would even play here. We will not return to this facility I don't care who's in concert.
Written July 29, 2015
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Hokiechip
Roanoke, VA1,530 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
We saw Alabama on Saturday night and thought they were very good, but this review is intended to be about the venue itself.

The venue is basically open seating in a field. That means you may have to dodge mud puddles if there has been recent rain. Bathrooms are porta potties. As the time for the headliner approaches, walking becomes more and more difficult, dodging other fans, most of which are carrying beers.

Most of the seating appeared to be open seating although there are some reserved seats near the front which we were fortunate to have. However, getting to them was a bit of a challenge due to the crowd size. However, we found the ushers to be very friendly and helpful.

Traffic control after the concert was absolutely terrible. There is basically one road in and one road out and the police officer at our parking lot exit appeared to be totally confused on the balancing act between pedestrians and vehicles.

If you're young and like to drink and enjoy the music, this may be perfect, but for older folks like my wife and I, it's just not our thing.
Written May 31, 2015
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2Montvale
Montvale, NJ290 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
I attended a Heart concert at the Pancho Villa Pavillion on July 28th. The "Pavillion" is basically a stage in the middle of no where. There are two single lane paved roads going in and out. The parking is on the grass. Restrooms are porta potties.
The concert was scheduled for 8pm but violent thunderstorms rolled in at 6pm. By 7pm the rain had cleared and everyone descended upon the area. The fields and walkways leading to the concert were a muddy mess. My feet were wet and muddy the entire night.
Water dripped on Ann Wilson's head during the concert!! Nancy almost slipped on the wet stage. I give them a lot of credit, they still but on their usual fabulous show.
We headed back to our car with the masses. It was very slippery walking thru wet mud. Good thing ambulances were on standby as I am sure people fell. People were spinning their car wheels all around us. It was very unsafe. I saw several tow trucks pulling cars out of the mud.
We sat in our car for about 20 minutes. The traffic finally started to move. There should have been more traffic officers with such a large amount of people. When we reached the end of the road we wanted to turn left to go to our hotel. We could see our hotel at this intersection. The cop told us we must make a right and make a U turn down the road...why I don't know! The next morning you could see the mud all over the local streets. At the hotel you could tell which cars had been to the concert as there was caked mud all over the tires.
The owners of this place need to put some money into it and pave some parking lots if not for convenience but for safety sake.
Written July 31, 2015
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Yorkiemom19
Wyoming1,450 contributions
Aug 2015 • Couples
We saw Chris Young and enjoyed his show, but this review is for the pavilion and parking, not the show. Actually, as big of a star as he is now, I'm kind of surprised he played this kind of show.

This is a big field, fenced off with about 3' high metal fencing with the stage in front. Seating is reserved in front but not sectioned off well. People who paid for lawn seats brought their own chairs and sat right next to the fence and watched the show. You have to walk through the open seating to get to the front reserved seats, maneuvering around others, most who are carrying beer.

Parking nearly made me laugh. Cars and trucks lined the road the whole way from the parkway. On the right side as you drive in closer to the pavilion, if you had a truck or 4x4 you were directed to jump the curb and park in the grass. Others would drive to the next row. The worst was the traffic after the show. With one way in and out, pedestrians and cars were all using the same roads. There was a couple of police officers attempting to direct things but there are three roads converging to one exit road. Add the people walking to their cars and it was crazy. I cannot even imagine the mess the parking area would be if it rained.

This was the first and last time I'll go to a show here, no matter who's playing.
Written August 21, 2015
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travelkitty50
Frederick, MD942 contributions
Jul 2013 • Couples
This is the location of "Celebrate Virginia Live," an outdoor venue in the middle of a field in a shopping center complex. There are many nationally known acts that perform here; we were lucky enough to see Sheryl Crow perform a couple of Fridays ago. The stage area is nice and high but there is no seating under cover. They also do not allow patrons to bring in umbrellas - at least not if they see them - so you are at the mercy of the elements during your show.Also, all the public bathrooms are porto potties. Personal photos are allowed but no movies may be taken. Security will stop you from filming. We had really good seats the night we went and were allowed to go right up to the corner of the stage while Sheryl was on. She did a great job that night and sang every one of her big hits and a few others besides. She does a cover of ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down" that was great. Her voice was right on that night and she looked great, happy, healthy and glad to be there. She deserves everything good and it looks like she's living it. I hope I get to see her perform again someday.
Written July 24, 2013
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