The 2009 Concert Season brought about additional covered/reserved seating at The Pavilion a bit earlier than previously expected, thanks to Hurricane Ike striking in 2008. Though the additional seating upgrade was planned as a future expansion, it was hastened by Mother Nature. The new, larger fiberglass-fabric covering now extends beyond the reserved seating area covering a small portion of the lawn seating area.
Seat Number Explanation
For all reserved rows, seat numbers start with number one (1) from the left side of each section (if you are looking toward the stage) and count up moving to the right of that section. Since each subsequent row moving away from the stage is longer than the previous row, the highest numbered seat varies for each row. When the pit is offered as reserved rows, they are designated 1 through 6, with row 1 as the front row.
Reserved Sections 101-111
Rows are designated A through Z, excluding I, O and U, and continue with AA through HH in sections 101-103. Row A is the front row and Row HH is the back row of these three sections. For sections 104-111, Row A is the front row and Row W is the back row.
Obstructed View Seats
The Pavilion has "obstructed view" seats in the highest numbered seats in Sections 106 and 108, and in the lowest numbered seats in 107 and 109. The obstruction is relatively minor, however, and some people find that these seats can be among the best seats in the house, as they are typically offered at a great price.
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The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion is an outdoor amphitheater providing the Greater Houston region with an array of performing arts and contemporary entertainment events in a setting of unparalleled beauty for more than 20 years.
According to the Jan. 18, 2010, edition of Pollstar magazine, the concert industry's leading trade publication, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion ranked sixth in its listing of the Top 100 amphitheaters in the world based on the number of tickets sold in 2009. The Pavilion's ticket sales totaled 346,519 for shows between January 1 and December 31, 2009.
The Pavilion's sixth-place ranking was despite opening a month later than normal due to reconstruction from damage sustained by Hurricane Ike in September, 2008. The Pavilion reopened May 1, 2009, after undergoing a $9.5 million renovation and expansion.
Improving on their past record, The Pavilion has ranked second in the world for 2011 and 2012.
Pavilion Seating through 2008
Pavilion Seating beginning 2009
Presenting approximately 75 events a year, the Pavilion typically operates March through November with events ranging in style from rock 'n roll to classic opera. "The Pavilion" is the name most commonly associated with The Woodlands Center for the Performing Arts, which is the official name of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion.
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