|Address:||885 S Main St, Mansfield, MA 02048, USA|
I saw Prophets of Rage here last night and it was AMAZING. Overall, this is an excellent venue to see a show. One thing, however, I want to point out is I noticed there was more police presence at this show and the rules for the parking lot were MUCH MORE STRICT. In addition, the interactions I had with law enforcement were negative which was unfortunate. :( I have total respect for the difficult job they have but something was different at this venue last night, so much so that I felt compelled to write a review about it. Precaution is important and the band does have very intense lyrics which are political in nature so I understand that they had to take that seriously and maybe up their presence. Overall, the crowd was quite mellow, and it seemed everyone was there for the music. I saw no fights and no protesting which was great. Things may have changed at this venue in terms of the rules, but I got the sense that perhaps the enhanced police presence and strict rules for the parking lot were because of the band. I hope I am wrong! For example, the first band went on at 7 PM and literally, at 7:01, the cops were driving up and down the lot, yelling its time to go, its time to go, you cant be here! It was a little much. I have been going to this venue to see shows for almost 18 years and that has never happened. Police were literally walking back and forth from the moment we pulled in. It was unnerving. It felt like they were expecting something bad to happened. Nothing did! Most of the patrons were in my age group too - late 30s, so this is not our first show. We get it. My point for this review - it should be up to the patron if they want to go into a show a little later but this was not the case. Respect is also a 2 way street. Also, at the end of the night when we got back to our car we were about to have something to eat, drink some water, unwind a bit, and wait for the traffic to die down. ONCE AGAIN, the police were driving up and down yelling its time to go, the show is over, you cant be here. Again, in 18 years of me seeing shows at this venue that has never happened. Maybe things have changed I just dont know. Either way, I felt compelled to write about it.
I have been to this venue many times to see my favorite bands but I may not come back anytime soon.....every time I have been there the last few concerts I have had nothing but problems.....1) i thought this venue was a smoke free venue people have been smoking cigarettes,pot and vaping ...I didnt pay to smell that stench.2) how is it that young unqualified employees are able to pat us down like the TSA and yup one of the guys let a guy in the venue for gwen stefani with a pocket knife but my friend who always carries her umbrella with her wasnt allowed to bring in her umbrella.3) I think alcohol should be shut down at a certain point I had a guy tripping over himself yelling in my ear and yes touching me guest services didnt care.4) the staff need to get people seated fast yes again i am here to see a band not to have to move every time some jerk needs to get up for alcohol or whatever the hell they are doing its very disrespectful to the band/singer.5) with all the money this place kills people for the bathrooms really need upgrading inside the venue its dark ..water is all over the floor and with all the outdoor space before coming in your trying to tell me they cant afford to build a big bathroom outside the venue instead of those nasty germ filled smelly port-o potties...upgrades people upgrades we pay enough.....6)parking in free parking is a joke and the other lots charging mad amounts of money for a spot is highway robbery.the patting down people needs to stop get an upgrade as far as scanning people you could end up with a law suit if this continues use a metal detector wand or get a walk through one you make enough money on the fans.....ohhhhhhh and also the prices for food is outrageous and 5.00 for a water are you kidding me i can buy a 24 pack of water for 3.33 make some changes before this venue disappears.
I have been going here since the late 1980s when it was Great woods.It was much nicer then.It had a smaller parking lot and had great low priced lawn seats .Now it is much bigger parking lot with lot more people ,much more expensive lawn seats and the lawn is overcrowded and smaller.Since they have been expanding the place and making it bigger and bigger,yet it is harder to see and hear the act you going to see.It went way downhill in the late 90s early 2000s and doesnt have the same vibe as it did when it was in its younger years.Another thing I loved about The original Great woods is the woods and trails all along the parking lot that everybody hung out in and was partying before the concert.They had to tear down most of the woods to make the parking lot bigger and the remaining woods is all dirty with trash and is nasty from all the people urinating on the ground in there.They also had alot less security in the lot in the earlier days and didnt need as much security as now..Every year they keep increasing security there .It takes the fun out of it.They come around in golf carts every few minutes in the parking lot checking everyone out nowadays.I dont like to pay a higher ticket price that goes to pay for employing security to watch and harass me and everyone else when are not doing anything wrong.The original Great woods for performing arts is now just memories.
Im a product of Mansfield, MA and in being so Im one of many who have worked at this venue which will always be known to me as Great Woods, among its other names including TweeterCenter, Comcast Center, Xfinity Center. You get the idea. The place is located about 40 miles south of Boston in the literal woods. Its a great summer outdoor venue that holds often up to 3-4 concerts weekly. Some pretty big names go there ranging from Aerosmith, Dave Matthews Band, Jason Aldean, to even a free show from the Boston Pops usually a few days before the 4th of July. It does have covered and non covered seating ranging in prices but almost always under $100 unlike Fenway or Gillette ticket prices. Beers are pricey though but you can usually tailgate up to 4 hours before the show in the free parking lots. Mansfield has a noise ordinance for 11pm but leaving the facility can eat up a lot of your time if you stay through the encore and you could easily be sitting around until 1am before you get to the main road. Overall, being a child of the 90s Ive had a lot of great memories from my first concert of Peter, Paul and Mary to Pearl Jam and Coldplay to the time Rage Against the Machine broke the ordinance and played until 1am because of a flight delay and Wu Tang had to repeat albums to keep peace with the crowd, Great Woods will always be one of my favorite places in MA.