Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs

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Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is a large amphitheatre located in Saratoga Springs, New York, on the grounds of Saratoga Spa State Park. It presents summer performances of classical music, jazz, pop and rock, country, comedy, dance, opera, as well as a Wine & Food Festival. It opened on July 9, 1966, with a presentation of George Balanchine's A Midsummer Night's Dream by the New York City Ballet.

The Center is the official summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, both of which are in residence for two or three weeks during the summer.

SPAC also serves as the common venue for high school graduations, particularly for Saratoga Springs, Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, Shenendehowa, and Ballston Spa High Schools.

Saratoga Performing Arts Center, inc, is a non-profit charitable corporation that runs the arts center. It holds a 50-year renewable lease with the State of New York, which owns the land, theaters and buildings that comprise the center. SPAC subcontracts with Live Nation, which organizes and presents the popular music and rock concerts every summer. The income derived from the Live Nation contract goes towards supporting the classical arts presentations.

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  • Love this venue! Great concerts right in our back yard. None this year thanks to pandemic, but they will be back!  more »
  • Have seen many performances here, from clasic ballet to KISS, and have never been disappointed..the entry requirements take some time, but it is for safety purposes, so suggest coming in with no...  more »
  • SPAC located in the peaceful confines of the Saratoga Spa state Park is a lovely venue for summertime entertainment. If not attending some of the fine shows held there, there are numerous hiking trails and a lovely 18 hole golf course, which is extremely reasonable - does not read "abused goat path". A lovely place to enjoy numerous outdoor activities.
  • It was a great outdoor venue for the Kid Rock concert. The lines getting in went very fast. We went through express line, if you didn't have a chair or handbag you could go right through line. Inside venue plenty of beer and food tents. VIP section was great, had our own bathroom, bar, and seating. Inside seating area there was not one bad seat. Had a great experience and a good weekend in the surrounding area.

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