The Classic Amphitheatre at Strawberry Hill
is a 10,000-seat outdoor concert venue in Richmond, Virginia
that presented a summer-long concert series of major music acts from 1991 - 1999. Although still standing, the venue is no longer managed by any concert promoter, does not present a summer concert series, and is now primarily used for special events associated with the NASCAR
races on the property as well as graduation ceremonies of local high schools. It was the venue for the Virginia State Fair's annual concert series, until the Fair left Richmond after the 2008 Fair.
The amphitheatre is located on the grounds of Richmond International Raceway
, which is the former home of the Virginia State Fair
. At the time of its construction, the amphitheatre was the first of its type in the state of Virginia. The major summer amphitheatre concept was still relatively new at the time of construction, making the Classic Amphitheatre a sort of prototype for the later construction of Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
at Virginia Beach
and Nissan Pavilion
-- both larger venues (capacities over 20,000) in the state with more amenities for concertgoers and artists alike.
The design and layout of the amphitheatre is similar to that of other major amphitheatres throughout America. 6,000 fixed seats on a raked concrete surface are positioned under a sloping roof, with a general admission lawn behind the seating that accommodated an additional 4,000 people. The lawn section was... Read More