40601 Auburn Enumclaw Road, Auburn, WA | Directions 9809247.258401 -122.136123
Reviews were misleading – I read the reviews before going to the RUSH concert at the White River Amphitheater, and was a bit worried as I saw NO good reviews. But I had an AWESOME experience.
We left home early and were 4th car in line before they opened the gates. They opened the gates when they said they would and it was smooth getting in. I asked for handicap parking and the attendants were a bit clueless but they kept leading us to the handicap stalls without problems or having to double back.
Parked and got in line at the ADA handicap/ early entry line. I was a bit perplexed when they told the handicap people tp move out of the way for the early entry people when they clearly had an early entry line separate from the handicap line, (with a barricade rail between). But they did give us early entry when the early entry people were done.
Some of the staff weren't very knowledgeable, but every one who wasn't was very helpful and polite and got us to the people who were, in a timely fashion.
The service desk by the main gate had a shuttle to the seating area for disabled people, and even though we got wet from the rain on the roof coming down, we laughed with the driver, who also got wet . She was very nice.
We planted ourselves on the lawn in our beach chairs, (don't take high back chairs) right up front. I was happy that the lawn wasn't steep like a lot of others. My only problem with the seating was that the covered seats were RAISED and they actually blocked our view when they stood up, forcing us to stand as well. No biggy. The sound was awesome and they had screens on either side and then a main screen behind the stage. I still saw the band.
When the concert was over, we got shuttled back to the main gate and waited only about 30 minutes or so for the parking lot to empty before deciding to head out.
I thought the roads were going to be a pain since the main drag is only one lane each way, but we were rerouted easily with the help of police and signage. Very little traffic. I thought they did a good job and kept traffic moving.
We had an awesome time and I will definitely be going back for more concerts there.
You just have to be prepared and patient and not in a "rush", when attending a major event. I've been to places in California where after waiting an hour to get out of the parking lot, you still have to wait in traffic another 2-3 hours.
White River was a breeze. Just have a good time and enjoy the entire experience no matter where you go.
Wish I had read these reviews before buying tickets – Ok, so I just bought tickets to a show at the Amphitheater. THEN I find these reviews. I looked up the venue on Google Maps. I'm NOT excited about the parking. Good news for me is that I've got almost 2 months until the concert, so I can scope things out a little better. I'm thinking of parking a mile (or more?) away and just walking. Either that or I'll find a place to go 4 wheeling by the river in the morning and just work my way as close as possible.
Worst venue EVER! – I've seen a couple shows here, and have nothing good to say about this place. If you get lawn section tickets, it's my opinion that you should just stay home and watch a DVD of live performances by whatever artist you're going to see.
The lines are long, had to stand in them for longer than expected, once you get to the front they open ALL the unopened water bottles and soda bottles they say are allowed in, and take the caps. One guy in front of me brought a case of water bottles for an all day show in the middle of August and they opened all the bottles and took the caps.
Food and merch prices are high, but then again, they usually are at shows.
Getting out there from Seattle is such a pain too, usually having to contend with non-show traffic as well as show traffic.
THE PARKING LOT IS ACTUALLY ONE OF THE NINE LEVELS OF HELL. tens of thousands of people crammed into a pit area of parking with one way in and one way out. No signage, and THE MOST UNHELPFUL/INCOMPETENT STAFF I have ever witnessed. The "parking attendants" stand around after the show with their hands in their pockets and thumbs up their @$$es doing nothing constructive. The fact that they include parking prices in my tickets was beyond insulting.
This place is such a headache to me that I've actually bailed on concerts I'd already paid for just because I didn't want to deal with the BS.
Having read through all the reviews of this place to date, I can say I agree with them, the only thing I haven't noticed is the "farm smell".
ATTN. ARTIST'S!!!: GO BACK TO THE GORGE!!!!! – the Pig Farm next door has fans designed to send the stench of feces into the theater to make your experience less enjoyable because the farmer does not want the venue there. Like so many others I have seen 1 performance at this pathetic excuse for a major venue and will never return for a plethora of reasons. Artists, I urge you to make sure your agent DOES NOT BOOK YOUR NEXT PERFORMANCE IN SEATTLE AT WHITE RIVER!!!
I went to see No Doubt on 7/19/2009 and the show was great, the venue... not so much!
we pulled in to park no problem, then stood in a "line" for over an hour waiting to get in, once they opened the gates & we had our bags looked throuh, our water bottles poured into cups - this is a huge trash producer, all the bottles of water, soda you brought or purchased were poured into cups all night, creating double the waste for our landfills! On their website they say you can bring in stadium chairs, which I know some people's were confiscated or they took them back to their vehicles... they also listed a 20 oz. water bottle (unopened) as being allowed into the venue, NOT TRUE- they poured it out in cup so that if it spilled (everyone's did eventually) you would have to purchase their warm bottle of water/soda for $5.oo+!!! once the show was over we all started walking down one of the 2 sets of stairs leading away from the lawn seats and were all in a crush like a herd of cattle, very frustrating!
And then there's the parking debacle after the show- what a nightmare, I literally sat in my car for over one hour before I even turned it on to leave, no one was moving in ANY direction... at one point we saw some "parking attendants" walking around, well they were basically chatting with all the people in their stopped vehicles...until they found a cute little blonde standing on the hood of her car and gave her their construction orange vest to wear and their traffic directing flashlight to swing around ... she was doing a little dance for them while we all watched in horror at the situation!
Once the traffic did start moving I saw 1 out of 10 parking attendants/employees actually directing traffic and the other 9 standing around together talking with their hands in their pockets... Very Frustrating!! and after reading the rest of the reviews on here I don't know if there is any better way of getting in and out of the area since there is only the one 2 lane road... they definitely need to do something about this issue- for safety's sake if nothing else!
Major Problems at White River – Santana Concert 9/6/08:
1. Premier Parking paid for gave us no advantage coming in. We got out faster, but were rerouted on circuitous country roads before getting back to the main "escape" route.
2. Confusing and disorganized entry area: No signage, no direction. Unable to get Early Entry passes advertised on the web from Les Schwab, as our local store was total clueless about these passes.
3. Major delay opening gates: website said gates would open at 5:30pm. We stood in line, in hot sun, until nearly 6:30. Not enough time for food and beverages before the music started, as we had planned. (The concessions must have lost a lot of revenue) because of this delay.
4. Ultimate insult came just over halfway into show. A terrible smell blasted us. Smelled like an open sewer and/or something dead. Left our seats to get away from it, but could not, since it was everywhere. Rumored it was a ?farm smell?. On big concert nights, surely something could be worked out between venue management and locals?
5. Just plain way too big. The full live experience just isn't there. It was hard for my brain to put together those tiny figures on the stage with the close-ups on the video screens. The only way you could differentiate who was who on stage was by the color of their clothes. Though it would have been worse without the screens, but it makes it more like watching a music special on TV. Sound was overly loud and distorted even in back rows.
Santana was perfect, of course. Too bad this venue didn?t afford a good experience for his show.
Won?t attend another concert at White River. Instead, will save the money, stay home and watch a special artist perform on TV, where I don't have to stand in line, can plan (and count) on food, and the air smells clean and fresh. If you are going to a concert at White River, eat ahead of time, don?t pay for special parking, pay the money for the closest seats you can get, and bring a gas mask.
Will never go to this place again. – My review will sound quite similar to those listed below, but i wanted to make sure you people really understand how terribly organized this place is. I believe clusterf#%k is the most appropriate word. yes, i bought "premiere parking," & was made to wait with the thousands of people at a stand still, in the rain with no info, even though my car was 100 yards away. yes, once i got to my car it took 2 hours to get to my hotel in auburn because of the traffic, plus some detour that they made us take. thank goodness we had a 1/2 tank of gas. yes, we had to drink in something they called a "beer garden". there were only 2 picnic tables on a concrete slab, so we had to stand the whole time....definitely not a garden. i don't know about you people, but doesn't it seem like the drinkers now get punished for drinking yet, they can still charge us $8 for a MGD tall boy can. what i didn't see mentioned in the other postings was that the place was run by bunch of people that seemed to have no idea what was going on...i had to tell them that their website states that food & small lawn chairs can be brought in. also, if you bought a bottle of water, they took the cap...god, what grade are we in? lastly, although all the food & drinks were cash only, there was no ATM. WTF?
I'm going to try my best & remember the great show instead of all terribly annoying things we had to endure. And yes, sadly i agree with the others, the good was outweighed by the band. What happened to fun?
Why does my favorite band hate me. – Saw Radiohead at the White River Amphitheatre last night and it will be my last time out to this venue. We spent four hours in our car, commuting to and from downtown Seattle. It occurred to us that we would be better off seeing the band in Vancouver. We paid the extra 20 bucks for premier parking, and it did not benefit us at all--not recommended.
The sound was good, sure beats KeyArena. Something else of note: the angle of all the seats is really poorly designed. If you're under 5'8" and seated anywhere past the 100 section you're probably not going to see much of the stage. Blech.
It will take U2 opening for Jesus Christ for free to get me down to White River Anti-theatre again.
Traffic, parking, and beer clusterf*** I'll NEVER see another concert there again – I will NEVER go to the White River Amphitheater again. I went with 2 other friends to see Radiohead 8/20/08. I'm not sure if this is the Native Americans' way of getting back at the general public for past wrongs, but if it is, it's ingenious. We decided to take the buses that left from the Supermall to avoid traffic. Getting on the bus was great, but we got separated in the huge crowd after the concert and ended up waiting for 2 hours in the cold rain to meet up with our friend who got stuck in a massive clusterF*** trying to load the buses. If there are 98 buses, why not line people up and load all the buses at the same time? They loaded one at a time. Also, the only beer options were BUDWEISER and BUD LIGHT in a CAN, no less, for EIGHT FRIGGIN' DOLLARS. Our lawn chairs were confiscated because they were "too tall" (even though everyone on the lawn stood for the concert) and we were unable to find them & get them back. I just couldn't get over the complete confusion of traffic after the event. Who in the world thinks that 16,000 people can be triple and quadruple parked with NO signage or guidance to get out of that parking black hole? I can't believe that they're still in business. Like one other reviewer said, good thing Radiohead fans are laid-back, friendly, and have quirky senses of humor, or otherwise, there were multiple opportunities for panic attacks or riots with NO security or police presence.
I will say that Radiohead sounded amazing and the screens, lighting, and acoustics were excellent for such a huge venue....definitely not worth the risk of a stress-induced aneurysm, though.
Worst Parking Ever - complete chaos :( – What a Cluster F*! Went for Radiohead 8/20/08 and had a great show (besides typical rip off prices). Used the web site advice to take the long way from seattle (I-5 to 405 to 169 to 400th St) and got there quick. Supposed preference to carpools of 4 or more (that was us!). Parked in by parking attendants who flat out lied to us about how traffic flows out. After the show, in the rain, took over an hour to get out of the lot, and I think we were lucky. THERE WAS NO SIGNS, and NO TRAFFIC DIRECTORS for 20000+ people within the parking lot proper. I wound up directing traffic myself, in the rain, trying to get my party out of there. It shaved maybe 15min from our wait. Will never go back unless *maybe* Elvis rises from the dead to play there, with Jesus on tambourines and Muhammad on drums. Wish I had looked up city search first!
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