The Ak-Chin Pavilion is located in southwest Phoenix and is owned by Live Nation Entertainment. It is a large concert venue, the largest open-air amphitheater in the Phoenix area, and seats 8,106 under the pavilion roof and another 12,000 on the hillside behind the main seating area. Concerts are held here year-round, even during hot summer nights.
Although it is not located on Native American land, the Ak-Chin Indian Community, comprised mostly of Tohono O'odham and Pima Native people, sponsors and has the current naming rights for the venue.
Ak-Chin Pavilion Seating
The seating area is covered, and since Ak-Chin Pavilion is an open-air venue, there is no air-conditioning but there are some fans that keep the air moving. The General Admission lawn area is not covered. All events are rain or shine. Seating pads, blankets, and low lawn chairs are permitted to be brought into the amphitheater.
Because this is an open-air amphitheater, you might think that it is not in use in the summer, when temperatures in the desert are consistently in the 100 degrees F range. However, evening concerts are held at AK-Chin in the summer, and Phoenix is a popular stop on many summer band tours. While the temperature does not go down significantly at night, it is much more comfortable than in the daytime as soon as the sun sets. If you have lawn seats, you might consider bringing a spray bottle of water and a paper fan with you in case you need to cool down. The pavilion concourses have misting systems to help with cooling off the concert-goers.
Accessible seating is available at the pavilion in sections 100, 201, 202, 203, 204 and 205 next to bolted companion seats. Limited mobility seating, located near an aisle, is available in sections 101, 203, 205 and 304. Sight and hearing impaired seating is also available.
Tickets for Ak-Chin Pavilion Shows
You can purchase tickets on the Ak-Chin website and from websites like Stub Hub and Ticketmaster and by phone at 1-877-598-6671.
Ak-Chin Casino and Hotel Events Center
Harrah's Ak-Chin Casino and Hotel are located in Maricopa, just outside Phoenix, and is about 50 miles from the Ak-Chin Pavilion. The resort includes the hotel, restaurants, entertainment, and gaming. The bar and lounge feature a variety of performances from local acts, tribute bands, and nationally-known entertainers. The concert events center at the resort opened in 2019 and features some top-name entertainment.
Getting to the Ak-Chin Pavilion
The concert venue is located at 2121 N. 83rd Avenue in Phoenix, AZ and is about 20 minutes from Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. The phone number is 602-254-7200. The cost of parking is usually included with your concert ticket. Upgrades can be purchased.
The Ak-Chin Pavilion is not accessible by METRO Light Rail. You can get there by bus or by car. From I-10, exit at 75th or 83rd Avenue. From the HOV lane, you can exit at 79th Avenue. Turn north (right, if you were going west, left if you were going east). The Ak-Chin Pavilion is about 1/2 mile north of I-10 between 79th and 83rd Avenues.