The 12,000 capacity Verizon Amphitheatre in Alpharetta opened in 2008 and is now known as Ameris Bank Amphitheatre. Photo: Chris Lee

Can’t keep your venue names straight? This guide will help

The confusion is understandable.

So many changing names, so many venues. Even a seasoned concertgoer has been known to tag the wrong sponsor with the wrong venue (nope, nothing to see here, folks, move along).

With the summer amphitheater season in launch mode, this seems like an ideal time for a refresher to help you keep your outdoor venues – whose names have all recently changed – straight. 

And, as a reminder to those heading to arena shows, State Farm Arena downtown was formerly known as Philips Arena until 2018 and Infinite Energy Arena in Duluth was known in previous incarnations as Gwinnett Civic Center Arena (2003) and the Arena at Gwinnett Center (2004-2015).

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Here is a tip sheet to hang onto this season:

Current name: Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood

Previously known as: Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre (1989); Hi-Fi Buys Amphitheatre (2001); Lakewood Amphitheatre (2008); Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood (2009); Lakewood Amphitheatre (2016).

Location: 2002 Lakewood Way, Atlanta. 

Website:  livenation.com/venues/14086/cellairis-amphitheatre-at-lakewood

Upcoming shows: Hootie & The Blowfish (June 1); Tycoon Music Festival (June 8); Freaknik Festival (June 22); Disrupt Festival (June 28); Dead & Company (June 29).

Current name: Ameris Bank Amphitheatre

Previously known as: Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (2008); Verizon Amphitheatre (2017).

Location: 2200 Encore Parkway, Alpharetta.

Website: livenation.com/venues/14312/ameris-bank-amphitheatre

Upcoming shows: Bryan Adams (May 11); Chris Young (May 16); Rascal Flatts (May 25); Florence + The Machine (June 6); Dierks Bentley (June 14).

Current name: Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park

Previously known as: North Fulton Park Amphitheatre (1944); Chastain Park Amphitheatre (1946); State Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park (2018).

Location: 4469 Stella Drive, Atlanta.

Websitelivenation.com/venues/25162/cadence-bank-amphitheatre-at-chastain-park

Upcoming shows: RBRM: Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky and Mike (May 17); The 1975 (May 18); Styx (May 26); Anderson. Paak & The Free Nationals (June 7); Maze featuring Frankie Beverly (June 15).

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Melissa Ruggieri
Melissa Ruggieri
Atlanta Journal-Constitution staff writer Melissa Ruggieri covers music and entertainment news for the AJC. She remembers when MTV was awesome.  
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