The Largest Concert Venues in the United States

The LDS Conference Center.  Editorial credit: Nagel Photography /
The LDS Conference Center. Editorial credit: Nagel Photography /

A concert hall usually consists of a stage and an auditorium with seats and is used for performances. The 18th and 19th-century centers were built for opera, concerts, and classical orchestra while 20th and 21st-century theatres have been built to hold performances. Most theatres combine a conference center. The biggest concert hall venues in the US by seating capacity include LDS Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah, Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, California, and Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia.

The Largest Concert Hall Venues in the United States

LDS Conference Centre – Salt Lake City, Utah

The LDS conference center has a seating capacity of 21,000 people, and 21,200 if it includes the seating space at the podium. The center belongs to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and it was completed in 2000 and opened in April of the same year. The auditorium can hold two Boeing 747s parked side by side and is said to be the largest theatre-style hall ever built. There is underground parking with a capacity of 1,400 cars. The center has a conference theatre attached on the northwest corner of the building which has a capacity of 900 people.

Microsoft Theatre – Los Angeles, California

The Microsoft theatre was formerly known as the Nokia Theatre L.A Live, and it was renamed on June 7, 2015. The theatre is located in Los Angeles California and has a seating capacity of 7,100 people. The theatre style hall is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group and was opened on October 18, 2007. The theatre has hosted several award shows since its opening. The theatre has also hosted American Idol finales from season 7-13 and is scheduled to hold the 2028 summer Olympics weightlifting.

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts – Vienna, Virginia

The Wolf Trap National Park located in Fairfax, Virginia has performing arts centers with a seating capacity of 7,100 people. The center was started by a donation by Catherine Filene Shouse and was named the Wolf Trap Farm Park. Mrs. Shouse gifted the organization to Congress in 1966, and in 1970 she founded the Wolf Trap Foundation. Wolf Trap Park is managed as a part public and part private entity with the park service overseeing the running of the park and the foundation presenting educational programs and performance. The name of the park was changed to its present name on August 21, 2002. There are several venues in the park used for performance, and they include the Filene Centre, the Children's Theatre, and the Meadow Pavilion. Named after Mrs. Shouse’s parents, the largest is Filene Center with a seating capacity of 7000, including 3,200 lawn seats and 3,800 in-house seats.

The US's Largest Concert Venue

The list above only includes concert halls. The largest concert venue not designated as a concert hall in the United States is the Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio with a seating capacity of 104,944. Also known as the Horseshoe, the Ohio Stadium was build as the home stadium of the Ohio State University football team. The stadium has held many concerts over the years, including The Rolling Stones, Metallica, One Direction. It is scheduled to host Taylor Swift in 2018.

The Largest Concert Halls in the United States

RankConcert HallLocation Capacity
1LDS Conference CenterSalt Lake City, Utah21,000
2Microsoft TheaterLos Angeles, California7,100
3Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing ArtsVienna, Virginia7,000
4Shoreline Amphitheatre Mountain View, California6,500
5Elliot Hall of MusicWest Lafayette, Indiana6,005
6Dell Music CenterPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania5,800
7Fox TheatreDetroit, Michigan5,045
8Saratoga Performing Arts CenterSaratoga Sprins, New York5,000
9Fox TheatreAtlanta, Georgia4,678
10Atlantic Civic CenterAtlanta, Georgia4,600
11Mann Center for the Performing ArtsPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania4,500
12Fox TheatreSt. Louis, Missouri4,426
13Detroit Masonic Temple Detroit, Michigan4,404
14Rosemont TheatreRosemont, Illinois4,400
15Auditorium Building at Roosevelt UniversityChicago, Illinois4,300
16Metropolitan Opera HouseNew York, New York3,900
17DAR Constitution HallWashington, D.C. 3,702
18Indiana University AuditoriumBloomington, Indiana3,700
19The Wang TheaterBoston, Massachusetts3,700
20Chicago TheatreChicago, Illinois3,600

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