The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is an amphitheater in Saratoga Springs, New York. Each summer, the center's stage is graced by a variety of musicians and performers including bands, orchestras, dancers and comedy acts. It's also the official summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra, as each group takes residence there for several weeks each year. Saratoga Performing Arts Center is run by a nonprofit of the same name, and it is owned by the State of New York. The venue is located within Saratoga Spa State Park. Construction began in 1964 and was finished in 1966. The first non-classical performance was given by Harry Belafonte in 1967. There are 5,103 seats in a covered area, and an additional 20,000 can fit on the sloping lawn. Find tickets for events at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center at StubHub.
Where do I park?
If you drive to attend a classical show at SPAC, you can find free parking in the lot on Route 50 or in the Hall of Springs Lot. The walk from either of these spots would be relatively short. For concerts put on by Live Nation, a parking fee is typically charged.
Is SPAC friendly to those with young children?
Given the layout of the amphitheater, many audience members with young children choose to sit on the lawn. Here, people can spread out, bring a picnic and feel free to move around. Accompanied children under 16 can attend shows for free if they remain on the lawn. Child tickets for a seat in the amphitheater cost $20, but those two and younger can attend for free if sitting on an adult's lap.
Can I bring my own food and drinks?
For many performances, you can bring along your own food and drink, and you can even pack it all in a cooler to have a picnic on the lawn. Alcoholic beverages can be brought in for classical shows but not Live Nation performances.
Are there food vendors at the center?
Legend's Hospitality handles the concessions, which includes burgers, chicken tenders and pretzels. For more upscale dining, check out the Patron Club Restaurant. It is located in the Hall of Springs by the reflection pool, and it features a farm-to-table menu. Note that this restaurant is only open to members of SPAC's patron program. The Hall of Springs Dining Room is open to the public and has seasonal dishes, soups, salad, desserts, beer and wine.
Are there accommodations for people with disabilities?
For certain performances, courtesy golf carts are available. This service takes people from the Hall of Springs or the gate at Route 50 to their seats. The amphitheater is wheelchair-accessible, as are the facilities. You can ask for complimentary hearing devices to help you better enjoy your experience at SPAC.Back to Top
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