Shoreline Amphitheatre
Shoreline Amphitheatre is an outdoor amphitheater, in Mountain View, California, USA, in the San Francisco Bay Area. It has a capacity of 22,000, with 6,500 reserved seats and 15,500 unreserved lawn seats.

History
The amphitheatre was built from 1985-1986, by the city of Mountain View, in cooperation with local promoter Bill Graham, as part of the Shoreline Park project. Graham designed the amphitheatre to resemble The Grateful Dead's " steal your face" image. Each row of fixed seating at the amphitheatre has a pitch of three feet, providing ample legroom and space for dancing. The premiere season was during the Summer of 1986; it was planned to open with a concert by The Grateful Dead, who had to cancel, due to Jerry Garcia's coma. Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe recorded their live album, titled An Evening of Yes Music Plus , here on September 9, 1989. The amphitheatre has also played host to music festivals, including The Vans Warped Tour, The Mayhem Festival, The Area:One and Area2 Festival, Lollapalooza, Projekt Revolution, Ozzfest and Lilith Fair.

Built on a landfill
In its opening year, a fan attending a Steve Winwood concert flicked a cigarette lighter and ignited methane that had been leaking from a landfill underneath the theatre. Several small fires were reported that season. After those incidents the city of Mountain View commissioned methane testing studies, to define the locus of methane vapors emanating from the soil within the amphitheater. These tests were used in developing a design for improved methane monitoring and more efficient methane extraction to assure the amphitheater became safe as an outdoor venue. Ultimately, the lawn was removed, a gas barrier and better methane removal equipment was installed, and then the lawn was re-installed.

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