Sleep Train Derailed – Concord Pavilion Gets its Real Name Back

May 23, 2014 10:00 am · 45 comments


Well will you look at that, we’ve come full circle and the ConcordChronicle, Sleep Train Pavilion is once again known as the Concord Pavilion.

Sounds almost as good as the Claycord Pavilion, doesn’t it?

57 Chevy May 23, 2014 at 10:06 AM

It was always the Concord Pavilion to me. Claycord Pavilion? Sure, why not.

Antler May 23, 2014 at 10:21 AM

Hooray for Concord Pavilion! And there are some excellent acts coming soon, too!

B May 23, 2014 at 10:34 AM

I wish they cared more about the quality of the shows they book there than the name… The season line up’s been horrible for a Long time now. Wish they’d book something besides Dinosaur Rock (Journey, Aerosmith) , Mom (safe) Rock (Nickleback, Linkin Park), aging boy bands and Hip hop festivals……

Give us some Good Shows!

Just a matter of time May 23, 2014 at 10:35 AM

until Tampax buys naming rights.

RanchgirlCA May 23, 2014 at 10:42 AM

And the concert calendar looks better this season. I hope this is the beginning of a bigger improvement. I’ve always loved this place. Last thing they need to work on is the parking lot. They used to have a great system to get folks out, now it is horrible. We usually just end up sitting in the car for 45 minutes or more just waiting to leave.

anon May 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

Nothing like mentally associating exciting performers with sleep to get the tickets rolling in

JET May 23, 2014 at 10:47 AM

GOOD! The ‘Sleep Train Pavilion’ was ridiculous

CVCHS 2020 May 23, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Looks good!

Nancy S. May 23, 2014 at 11:02 AM

Good, let’s keep it that way! I get confused over the different venue names.

i like it May 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM


Mimi (original) May 23, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Hooray!! I never used the alternate monikers anyway! It was, has been and always will be the Concord Pavilion!!! YAY!!

Great idea May 23, 2014 at 11:12 AM

The CLAYCORD PAVILION. It just sounds right.

Pyrrhus May 23, 2014 at 11:13 AM

Temporary until a company is willing to pay for naming rights. Someone should inquire what the cost is for naming rights. Perhaps a kickstarter to get it to be called Claycord Pavilion.

Concord Pathetic May 23, 2014 at 11:17 AM

The Concord whatever you call it, is crud.

It must have been a misguided goverment project.

It’s biggest crowds? High school graduations.

Tear it down and build houses in the area.
Then the residents around there won’t have to complain about the noise.

Cowellian May 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM

I don’t fault the Chronicle or Sleep Train for wanting to buy the naming rights. The Pavilion gets all the blame for selling out. And I’m glad it’s back to being the Concord Pavilion.

I'm The Urban Spaceman May 23, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Despite the paid for name change….I have always called it The Concord Pavilion.
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland Arena…

i saw tool there once back in the day May 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

remodel the place and make it a decent place to see a show outdoors…more like the greek theater in berkeley and less like the horrible shoreline in mountainview

take into consideration the fact that people have to drive into the bfe that we call deep concord or claycord just to get there…no freeways in sight…its not the greatest location…need to lower ticket prices and bring in bands that people actually want to see

this place has never lived up to its potential

guest May 23, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Let’s not forget the designers Frank Gehry (architect) and Peter Walker (landscape architect). This project was early in both their careers. Both have gone on to become widely acclaimed and highly honored worldwide.

Gehry designed the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and is the designer of the future Eisenhower Memorial in D.C..

Walker designed the 9/11 Memorial Plaza at Ground Zero, Sony Center in Berlin, Germany, and the future Transbay Transit Center currently under construction in downtown SF. He also designed our very own Todos Santos Plaza.

Two Cents May 23, 2014 at 12:05 PM

Very glad to see the improvements to acts as well as name change. Looking forward to better quality shows in the future.

Flower Girl May 23, 2014 at 12:12 PM


Gideon May 23, 2014 at 12:14 PM

I’ve never stopped calling it “The Concord Pavilion”. Others have?

qwerty May 23, 2014 at 12:46 PM

I really like that the name has returned on the sign! The line up has finally returned to getting the best acts a venue of this size can attract. I live nearby and enjoy greatly being able to walk up there and catch a show. Thank you to the police that keep the traffic, though super heavy, under control so we residents can still drive by and get home on concert nights!

ConcordGloryDays May 23, 2014 at 12:54 PM

thought it was another BART Derailed story for a minute.

Clayton Pavillion doesnt sound good at all. Sounds redneck.

ClayDen May 23, 2014 at 12:59 PM

It’s always been the Concord Pavilion, just like it’s always been Sears Point Raceway. I love my Mazdas, so I’m OK with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but it’s still Laguna Seca. Recall when the state universities became “California State University at ____”? There were some that everybody refused to call by their new name, so it didn’t take long for them to officially change some of them to their original name with “college” changed to “university.” A couple are San Jose State University and San Francisco State University.

Buster May 23, 2014 at 1:12 PM

I just drove around the parking lot roads and they look great, all repaved.
A public city meeting is going to be held there next week.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
2:00 p.m. – Special Meeting
Concord Pavilion.
2000 Kirker Pass Road. Concord, CA

anonanonagain May 23, 2014 at 1:18 PM

Awesome!!! I’m so looking forward to the Steely Dan concert!!

Anon May 23, 2014 at 1:49 PM Pavilion sounds great. Use some of the million$ to make it happen.

MadMom May 23, 2014 at 2:14 PM

I love the Pavilion. They worked out the sound issues and now it’e terrific! Looking forward to seeing a few shows this summer.

ZuZupetals May 23, 2014 at 3:07 PM

Is that a suggestion mayor?

PH Fan May 23, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Never called it anything other than Concord Pavilion anyway…did anyone really?!

Concord1963 May 23, 2014 at 4:15 PM

It’s always been the Concord Pavilion to me. In fact, the last con err I saw was at the Concord Pavilion. 🙂

Julio May 23, 2014 at 4:51 PM

Tear it down and start over. It has past its prime no matter what they do.

Missing Bill Graham May 23, 2014 at 5:04 PM

They had a much better line up when they were presenting shows. This year and the last few years have been lame at best. Too bad its such a great venue,seems likes a waste. Hope next season will bring in some bigger and better acts.

Scoob May 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM

This is the best thing that has happened there in a long time. Great news! I hope they leave it this way. Maybe we will get more decent Friday /Saturday concerts next summer.

Concord Res May 23, 2014 at 6:21 PM

So glad it is back to the Concord Pavilion now everything is turning around. They have a lot of great shows scheduled this year I can’t wait.

Claycord Pavillion sorry it needs to stay Concord Pavillion.

spudly May 23, 2014 at 7:11 PM

It never stopped being the Concord Pavilion. Oakland Coliseum. Oakland Arena. Candlestick Park. The only sponsored names that have legitimacy are ones like Wrigley Field or PacBell Park. I still call it Pac Bell Park. It’s a stupid name, but that’s what they Christened it, and that’s what it will always be.

ConcordGloryDays May 23, 2014 at 8:21 PM

redneck pavillion

Walnut Creek Resident May 23, 2014 at 8:36 PM

Yes …Concord Pavilion

The Mamba May 23, 2014 at 9:15 PM

Not a fan at all of venues selling naming rights, but I hope that doesn’t lead to lesser acts (is that possible?) haven’t been to a show there in years, since Springsteen, but will be giving it a shot this summer.

Mieke May 23, 2014 at 9:30 PM

I always called it Concord Pavilion.

CB May 23, 2014 at 11:20 PM

I have done some of the remold work and let me tell you they did a great job. Live nation really went above And behind giving the concord pavilion the face lift it needed.

Anon May 23, 2014 at 11:42 PM

Before everyone celebrates the name change, think about the workers that work long grueling hours with a small break. I worked there before and the management would be on your a$$ making sure you didn’t let anyone in the wrong seats. They would put ushers down in the pit and you had to forcibly remove drunk people. And with a 12 hr shift you got a 1/2 hour break, lord knows what you would do if you had to go to the bathroom. The security and management would be watching you like a hawk, and you would get in trouble if someone snuck past you while you were checking tickets. I say screw the whole establishment! And don’t defend them, it’s just big business.

Barack May 24, 2014 at 12:15 AM

I never knew they’d changed it in the first place. I’m just hearing about it now for the very first time.

JustMe May 25, 2014 at 5:43 PM

I’ve never been a fan of naming rights for an advertiser. More often than not, it simply sounds stupid.

The pavilion’s biggest flaw, unfortunately, is booking. It’s become a stop for acts from yesteryear. They need more current acts or up and coming bands. But there’s other issues…. They no longer books cultural events of any kind (remember the symphony, the ballet, even plays?). They don’t do anything anymore for 4th of July, Earth Day, or Halloween. The food is ok… they never really offer anything different. Would love to see more items offered. Parking on crowded events in a chore (although crowded acts are few are far between, so not a big issue anymore), and the hike to the entrance and inside, is exhausting. They need to improve their display screens to newer technology, be brighter in sunlight, and have much bigger screens for those on the lawn. The tickets include parking fees, although not everyone drives on their own. They should sell blankets, sunscreen, earplugs, and sunglasses at all events– seems like a no-brainer that they’ve never done.

mwo1859 May 26, 2014 at 1:32 PM

I love it welcome back concord pavilion.

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