Condition of SPAC's lawn irks ballet fans

Friday, July 11, 2014
Text Size: A | A

— Ballet fans attending performances at a popular upstate New York concert venue aren't happy with the condition of the amphitheater's lawn.

The New York City Ballet's one-week summer residency at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center began on Tuesday, three days after the jam band Phish wrapped up a three-day stint at the venue.

Heavy rain preceded the band's opening performance, and by the time the last show ended late Saturday night SPAC's sloping lawn was mostly down to bare dirt.

Only a few grassy patches survived for this week's dance performances, which wrap up Saturday night with SPAC's annual ballet gala. Some ballet fans say SPAC shouldn't schedule rock concerts just before the ballet arrives.

SPAC officials blame the lawn's condition on the harsh winter, late spring and recent torrential rains.



July 11, 2014
4:06 p.m.
daily says...

Went to multiple concerts at SPAC last Summer and at no point was there grass on the "lawn." They might as well make it sand bc clearly they have no intention of making it grass again. I doubt Phish or the rain or this past winter have ANYTHING to do with it. There were divits so large at Luke Bryan last year that several people fell, twisted their ankles and worse once it got dark. SPAC oversells their big ticket events to the point where it is uncomfortable, unsafe and unsanitary. What a shame for a once ideal venue.I only have tickets to one show this Season and we will be sitting inside.

Log-in to post a comment.

columnists & blogs

Log into

Forgot Password?