BB&T Pavilion Remains Critical Partner in Camden’s Revival
TRENTON (June 13, 2017) – With a comprehensive economic development strategy that continues to attract new businesses and visitors to Camden, BB&T Pavilion has remained a critical partner in the City’s ongoing revival. Owned by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (EDA), the BB&T Pavilion was developed in partnership with Live Nation, which has leased and operated the venue since its opening in 1995.
“For over two decades, this world-class entertainment facility has provided vast benefits to the City of Camden, employing residents, generating local revenue and attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors to the waterfront area,” said EDA Chief Executive Officer Melissa Orsen.
Illustrating its community impact and commitment to the City, BB&T Pavilion hosts an annual job fair, where over 500 City residents find seasonal employment during the concert season. Jobs include security, customer service, and food and beverage concession. BB&T Pavilion has paid approximately $5.8 million to the City since 2009 via a payment-in-lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement, making it one of the City’s highest taxpayers. Residing on eight acres in the downtown waterfront area, the venue not only serves as an integral attraction for the nearly two million annual visitors to the City, it also hosts the Camden County Veterans Job Fair, graduation ceremonies for Rutgers University, the annual Camden Street Run, and the Camden City Wide School Fair. In addition, BB&T Pavilion donates hundreds of tickets annually to a variety of fundraisers and community organizations.
BB&T Pavilion was named the 2016 Top Amphitheater in the country by Billboard through its annual Touring Awards, which recognizes the artists, bands, promoters, managers and venues behind the best music and comedy tours of the year. BB&T Pavilion sold an estimated 600,000 tickets last year.
“We are proud to say that one of the country’s top amphitheaters is located right here in Camden, a City that has been a great partner to Live Nation throughout our 22 years of operation,” said Geoff Gordon, Live Nation Philadelphia Regional President.
BB&T Pavilion is a year-round facility with a 25,000-capacity outdoor amphitheater and boasts one of only two enclosable amphitheaters in the country. In the colder months, the venue converts to a fully enclosed, climate-controlled, flexible capacity theater that can seat up to 7,000 people. In addition to a range of family programming, including Elmo, Go Diego Go, and Dora the Explorer, BB&T Pavilion consistently draws the biggest performers in the entertainment industry. Among the shows included in its 2017 summer concert lineup is Florida Georgia Line this Friday, the Vans Warped Tour on July 7, and the Zac Brown Band on both July 14 and 15. August features Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band on the 17, John Mayer on the 18 and Green Day on the 31. On September 1, patrons can catch the I Love the 90’s – The Party Continues Tour, which includes iconic acts such as TLC, Naughty by Nature and Biz Markie.
“Live Nation’s commitment to the City endures,” added Gordon. “And as we look forward to the 2017 summer concert season, we are honored that BB&T Pavilion continues to serve as an employment hub for local residents, as well as a top attraction on the Camden Waterfront.”
Orsen lauded BB&T Pavilion for its longtime commitment to the City, noting that the venue helped pave the way for the economic development boom currently underway.
“BB&T Pavilion has long stood as a symbol of Camden’s promise and as the City welcomes new businesses and development, Live Nation remains an important partner and source of pride for the community,” Orsen said.