|Address:||2677 Forty Mile Rd, Wheatland, CA 95692, USA|
I am easy to please. But this was the worst venue I ahave ever been to in my life! I jumped the gun and bought tickets to Journey through Groupon (now I know why they had to sell tickets through Groupon to get people to come) because Journey hadnt announced any shows closer to where I live (near Concord). The distance was way too far for me to go see a show without planning to stay the night somewhere. No, this wasnt the venues fault. but let me tell you what sucked about this place...... 1) It took me over a half an hour to park once we got there and our friends, which were a little behind us, took 45 minutes! Totally rediculous! 2) Most of the people that worked there seemed kind of rude 3) Leaving afterwards...we figured, why rush? We knew that if it was that bad getting into the place to park, leaving was going to be 10X worse. So we just stuck around for a bit. Smart move! Dont try to rush out of here. If youre in a hurry to get home, leave the show early! 4) Our wives had to use the restroom on the ways out and a worker tried to shew us out while we were waiting. We told him we were waiting for our wives and he seemed like he didnt believe us. The good points: 1) The bathroom line (theres only 1 bathroom from what I could tell) was super long, but actually moved pretty fast. I did like that there was a bathroom monitor standing outside of it to make sure that no drunk chicks try to sneak in (which I DID witness there). There WERE a lot of drunks people there too. 2) A gal that works at the lawn chair check-in tent (you cant bring chairs in that are normal height, only bleacher-style) gave us a suggestion on the quickest way to get out of the parking lot, which was very helpful. Will I ever go back to this venue again? Not if I can help it!!!
If the concert is close to a sell out, deduct a star, if not, add a star. (+) I like the venue itself- Its well laid out and if the crowd isnt too large, the lawn is a nice relaxed experience. Its the twin of Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View Ca for those familiar with that venue. (-) Youll make good time to the venue, youll see it off in the distance only to come to a near standstill because they funnel everyone thru one entance. I understand that the venue is surounded by private property but they should have planned on multiple entrances. (-) The line to enter the venue can be ridiculously long and slow. I noticed theyre now selling a $5.00 add on ticket to use a special entrance. Its unconscionable that they would charge you extra to get you into the venue in a decent amount of time. (-) My biggest complaint is leaving the venue. Most of the parking staff is long gone so it becomes a free-for-all. People go every which way and of course everyone is funneled out thru a single exit. Once Im in the venue, I have no real complaints but the experience can really be subpar when you factor in the before and after. They built the venue out in the boondocks with only farms around for the most part but then completely whiffed on traffic management. I dont get it.
Went here to see Sam Hunt and while the concert itself was good, the experience to get in and out was terrible. It took us over 2 hours on 40 mile road to park the car. It was my first time here and I anticipated maybe 45 min to an hour wait, but 2 hours to park the car when youre a mile out? Thats awful. I ended up missing the first two bands. Ive been to many concerts that were larger and it wasnt nearly this bad. My friend and I left the concert early to avoid a similar problem on the way out and it still took us an hour and a half to get out of the parking lot. I would not recommend going here. The event staff wasnt helpful either. I called after waiting an hour to park the car multiple times and after three tries I finally got a hold of someone, and all they said was that they didnt know what the problem was but that we should be moving in 30 min. It wasnt until an hour after that call that I had actually parked. If you have a choice, just dont see a concert here. Drive to see the band you want to see somewhere else. This place isnt worth your time.
The traffic management is bad. Id expect better from a farmer trying to park 18,000 peoples worth of vehicles on his property with only one weeks notice. But the Toyota Amphitheater has been around for at least 15 years (under different names), so they should be much better at traffic management. They have plenty of space; they just need a better plan. Yes, a sold out show will bring in the most vehicles, but wedging 4 inbound lanes into a 1-lane dirt road is just a bad layout. There was plenty of staff to direct traffic, but the layout was just very poor and inefficient. Theres simply no justification for any traffic delay of over 1 hour, as they had recently. CHP did their job well; the venue just needs to set up their parking in a much more efficient manner, especially because the venue is otherwise quite good.
I attended a concert here for the first time on 8/25/17. By far, its the best experience Ive had getting into and out of the parking lot at a venue. The staff was so well organized and they kept walking guests safe while they allowed the traffic to flow in and out of the parking lot. Other venues have always seems like a demolition derby getting in and out of them and Levi Stadium in Santa Clara holds my top spot for horrible experiences (they could use some lessons from this venue). The set up for the seats is terrific. I dont think there are any seats there which wouldnt have a great view of the stage. Its also by far the best for restroom facilities with ample spaces and occupied / available lights at each location resulting in virtually no lines or waiting. Really well managed in general.
Saw Keith Urban on Sept. 7 and loved the venue. Seats were comfortable with lots of leg room, the vendor area was large and spacious. Never a long wait at the bathrooms. The sound was spectacular, best I have heard in a venue like this. The one negative I have is that the video screens on either side of the stage were AWFUL! Too dim to see anything. Luckily Keith had his own bright video on the main stage. We worried about the parking exit process (having been stuck for 2 hours trying to leave at the Verizon Center in Massachussetts), but it was amazingly easy. We stayed until the bitter end of the show, stopped to use the bathrooms and were parked pretty far in the back, but we were on the road in ten minutes max. Would return here in a heartbeat! When are you coming back, Keith?
We have been here several times, but they handled the Dierks Bentley concert so badly it ruined our whole trip. We arrived 1 mile from the venue an hour and 10 minutes early. it took 1 hour to get the last mile and in to the parking lot, then we saw the line outside the venue wrap around half of the building! By the time we actually got through and inside, we missed all of Jon Pardi and 3/4 of Cole Swindell. It took an hour and 40 minutes to get through the line! We had never had this happen before here, it was like they were trying something new and it failed in a huge way! We had never seen Jon Pardi in concert and really wanted to see him, almost as much as Dierks!