Perched in the foothills right above the UC Berkeley campus, the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre - more commonly known as the Greek Theatre Berkeley - has hosted hundreds of concerts, theatrical performances and graduations since it was first erected in 1903. What other performance venue can boast that Theodore Roosevelt, the Dalai Lama, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead have all strutted upon its stage at one time or another? The amphitheater was designed by the noted architect John Galen Howard and modeled after the ancient open-air theater in Epidaurus. What better way to enjoy the music you love than sitting out under the stars on a balmy Northern California evening? You can purchase tickets for Greek Theatre Berkeley events at StubHub.
How many people will the Greek Theatre Berkeley hold?
The seating capacity is 8,500 for Greek Theatre Berkeley events. The lawn area near the back of the amphitheater is often designated as general admission seating. The theater has folding seats in tiers A through F; beyond that, seating is on concrete benches. The Greek's seating is often on a first-come, first-served basis, so you'll want to arrive early.
Is there parking at the Greek Theatre Berkeley?
Street parking is limited near the Greek Theatre Berkeley. The closest parking structure is the Upper Hearst Parking Garage at Gayley Road and Hearst Avenue, which is about a quarter of a mile away. This parking garage can accommodate disabled parking. Other nearby parking venues are the Lower Hearst Lot at Hearst and Euclid avenues, which is 0.3 miles away from the Greek, and the Underhill Parking Structure between Haste Street and Channing Way, which is three-quarters of a mile away.
How can I get to the Greek Theatre Berkeley using public transportation?
The closest BART station to the Greek Theatre Berkeley is the Downtown Berkeley station, which is located at Center Street and Shattuck Avenue. From there, you can catch an AC transit bus to College and Durant avenues and walk the remaining distance. Alternatively, if the evening is nice, you can stroll up to the Greek through the UC Berkeley campus. It's only a 1-mile walk, but be prepared: It's all uphill.
What are the food and drink options at the Greek Theatre Berkeley?
The Greek Theatre Berkeley has a concession stand, which sells food and beverages. Beverage choices include water, soda, energy drinks, coffee, beer and wine. If you're hungry, you can purchase hot dogs, macaroni and cheese, nachos and a variety of more exotic offerings such as curry and Korean chicken. Please note that you aren't allowed to bring outside food into the amphitheater.
Is the Greek Theatre Berkeley wheelchair-friendly?
The Greek Theatre Berkeley complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and analogous California legislation in all ways. Accessible seating is provided for individuals who use wheelchairs as well as for individuals with other mobility or respiratory issues that prevent them from climbing the amphitheater's steps. There's also a curbside drop-off area on Gayley Road that's reserved for patrons who can't walk long distances.Back to Top
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