Hammerstein Ballroom History
Hammerstein Ballroom has been a mainstay for Manhattan, New York music lovers for
nearly a century, having first opened in 1906. It has achieved a level of renown due in part to its elegantly designed interiors
as well as its excellent acoustics.The venue opened as the Manhattan Opera House and hosted opera almost exclusively until
1910 when the Metropolitan Opera paid Oscar Hammerstein not to use the venue as an opera house and he began to stage vaudeville
productions along with other theatrical events. The theater changed hands several times over the years and functioned as a
Freemason's temple and a union hall. It was briefly named Manhattan Center Studios after it began operating more as a concert
hall in the mid-Eighties before changing its name to Hammerstein Ballroom in 1997 when it underwent a large renovation. StubHub
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In addition to concerts by some of the biggest names in the music world, Hammerstein Ballroom has also hosted
theatrical productions and is one of the most versatile venues in the Big Apple thanks to its ability to switch from a set
up for theatrical productions to one for performances in a central ring. These days concerts are the biggest attraction to
Hammerstein Ballroom with acts like Julian Casablancas, New Pornographers, Justin Timberlake, Hatsune Miku, Coheed and Cambria,
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and more hitting the stage. If you are more interested in sporting events you can also catch
some WWE and ECW events at Hammerstein Ballroom.
New York, New York
If you are looking to see the best
theater in the world, New York is the place to be. Theaters are abundant in the city both on Broadway and off, and if you
somehow tire of the theater scene there are plenty of museums like the MoMA to explore, along with countless music venues
offering a wide variety of live music. Of course visiting New York landmarks like the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Central
Park, and the Empire State Building is a must for any first time visitor. If you are a sports fan there are several professional
sports teams playing exciting games all over the city. Catch a baseball game courtesy of the New York Yankees or the Mets,
or a basketball game by the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. Hockey is also a big deal when the New York Rangers are
playing at Madison Square Garden, and home NFL games of the New York Jets or Giants are just a short ride away.
Ballroom Seating Layout
Fr theater style performances Hammerstein Ballroom admits 2,200 guests, while concert style,
standing room only events admit 3,500 fans. There are two large balconies in the ballroom that allow for 1,200 guests in addition
to six small VIP balconies usually occupied by celebrities.
In addition to being a businessman
responsible for building the venue, Oscar Hammerstein was also a well known composer who opened several other opera houses
due to his love of the art.