Everyone loves the nostalgia and charm of classic venues like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, but there’s something to be said for brand-new, state-of-the art arenas and auditoriums. If you’re on the hunt for the latest and greatest, be sure to check out these four spots that are opening soon.
1. Little Caesars Arena, Detroit
Now under construction in Detroit, Little Caesars Arena is due to open in September 2017 with a series of six shows by Michigan native Kid Rock. The arena will mainly be used to host home games for both the NHL’s Red Wings and the NBA’s Pistons, effectively replacing both Joe Louis Arena and The Palace at Auburn Hills. The focus may be on sports, but the arena will stay true to Detroit’s rich musical heritage. Shows already scheduled include Ed Sheeran, Paul McCartney, Imagine Dragons, Fall Out Boy, Janet Jackson, Guns N’ Roses and JAY-Z.
2. Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
Atlanta’s massive retractable-roof Mercedes-Benz Stadium is currently under construction and scheduled to open August 26, 2017 for the Falcons’ home pre-season game against the Arizona Cardinals. The stadium, which promises the ultimate fan experience, will be the permanent home of the Falcons and the MLS’s Atlanta United FC.
The new stadium is slated to host the SEC football championship annually starting this year, the 2018 college Division 1 football championship, the 2020 NCAA men’s basketball Final Four and all future Chick-fil-A Peach Bowls. Large stadium concerts will also start in October with Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood.
3. The Anthem, Washington, D.C.
D.C.’s newest music venue and auditorium, The Anthem, is scheduled to open October 12 with a concert by the Foo Fighters. This project is part of the District Wharf development that includes shops, restaurants, hotel rooms and private residences. Along with the Foo Fighters, upcoming acts include The Shins, The Head and the Heart, My Morning Jacket, O.A.R., Queens of the Stone Age and Lorde.
4. Top Golf, Nashville
If you’ve ever been to Nashville, you know that you can’t swing a cowboy hat over your head without hitting a live music venue. Well, they’re about to get another one with a twist: golf. Top Golf is a popular driving range-meets-skee-ball concept that’s sweeping the nation, and there’s currently a location under construction across the Cumberland River from the downtown tourist district. In order to fit in with the Music City’s vibe, Top Golf is planning to add a separate 500-seat music venue to the location. It’s set to open in late summer, so keep an eye on the lineup next time you’re in town.
Remember to check back here for the latest on the shiny new stages and stadiums popping up across the country. In the meantime, if you’re more in the mood for hitting up an old classic, check some of these old ballparks off of your bucket list.