No. 1 Pavilion

Woodlands Pavilion is ranked as the most popular outdoor amphitheater in the world

Woodlands Pavilion is ranked as most popular amphitheater in world

Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands
The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion sold more concert tickets than any outdoor venue in the world, according to Pollstar magazine. Courtesy photo

It's been a good year thus far for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.

The open air venue in The Woodlands is ranked No. 1 among the top 100 outdoor amphitheaters in the world based on the number of tickets sold in the first six months of 2016, according to Pollstar magazine.

With sold-out shows featuring Jimmy Buffett, Journey with The Doobie Brothers, Mumford & Sons, The Dave Matthews Band, the KSBJ Anniversary Show with Newsboys, I Love the 90’s featuring Salt –N– Pepa, Houston Symphony’s Star Wars & More: A John Williams Tribute, and Weezer and Panic! at the Disco, the Pavilion’s ticket sales totaled 203,092 for concerts between January 1 and June 30, 2016. 

Since then, Twenty One Pilots also had a sold out show on July 5. With reserved seating and general admission space on a big hill, the outdoor amphitheater seats 16,500.

The eclectic lineup so far this year has also included five Houston Symphony concerts, performances by Houston Ballet and the Texas Music Festival Orchestra in addition to several educational outreach programs.

“The Pavilion has had an incredible 2016 so far,” Jerry MacDonald, president and CEO of The Pavilion, said in a statement. “We are fortunate to work with our dedicated partner Live Nation, the No. 1 concert promoter in the world, and for our supportive community and world-class staff.”

Trailing The Pavilion are the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Waldbühne Berlin in Germany, Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado, and BB&T Pavilion in Camden, New Jersey. Other Texas venues on the list include Gexa Energy Pavilion in Dallas (No. 12), Austin360 Amphitheater in Austin  (No. 42) and Whitewater Amphitheater in New Braunfels (No. 48).

Upcoming shows at The Pavilion include DreamWorks Animation in Concert with the Houston Symphony July 21, Meghan Trainor July 29, Lynyrd Skynyrd August 4, Dixie Chicks August 6, Gwen Stefani August 14, Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa August 20, Sound of Music Sing-A-Long August 27, Fifth Harmony September 5, Alabama Shakes September 24, Counting Crows with Rob Thomas September 25, Hocus Pocus Pops October 7, the 21st Annual Children’s Festival November 12-13 and Holly Jolly Jingle December. 1.

This is the second time that the Pavilion has achieved the top spot on the publication’s list, previously during the third quarter of 2015. The Pavilion has consistently ranked in the top 5 since 2010.