America’s Cup concerts on San Francisco waterfront to be one-shot deal 

click to enlarge Live Nation, which operates the America’s Cup Pavilion, has assured neighbors that this year’s waterfront concerts will be the last for at least 10 years. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Live Nation, which operates the America’s Cup Pavilion, has assured neighbors that this year’s waterfront concerts will be the last for at least 10 years.

The operators of the America’s Cup Pavilion made a voluntary agreement with nearby neighbors that if they were given permission to host 30 concerts there this summer, they would not apply to host shows at a similar venue around Piers 27-29 for 10 years.

Live Nation, the operator of the outdoor music venue, was not required to impose such a restriction, but felt it was the proper thing to do after speaking with neighbors.

“They asked for additional reassurance that we will not come back next year asking for the same size amphitheater,” said Matt Prieshoff, chief operating officer of Live Nation. “We put it in writing. It’s something we’re agreeing to.”

Residents said the agreement would give peace of mind to those who live nearby.

“There is significant unease about what may happen down the road and we believe that this was a condition that was negotiated,” said Bob Harren, vice president of the Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association. “We believe it’s a fair representation and would serve interests of the neighborhood.”

Live Nation, though, was given the green light to hold up to 30 live concerts this summer at the pavilion after its entertainment permit was upheld by the Board of Appeals, which heard the permit this week because some neighbors were concerned about traffic and noise the venue would bring to the waterfront and the Telegraph Hill area.

The 9,000-seat venue is part of the America’s Cup activities to be held starting later this summer. It will allow for spectators to watch the America’s Cup races live during the day before concerts at night.

In addition to the 10-year time frame, Live Nation officials have agreed to end concerts by 10:30 p.m. on weekends and 10 p.m. on weeknights. The company also will do checks to ensure sound is at a reasonable level, that a hotline for residents to report noise from the venue is set up, and that curtains are installed behind the stage to help reduce noise.

The Police Department and San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency also are working with America’s Cup organizers to address traffic and congestion throughout the races.

Additionally, per the permit to host the concerts, the pavilion itself must be removed by Oct. 31.

Half of the approved concerts have been announced, and they include Imagine Dragons on May 31 and Sting, Sammy Hagar and Train throughout the summer.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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