Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post/Getty Images  Grohl fronted the Foo Fighters during the opening-night show at The Anthem (inset) in Washington, D.C., last October.

Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post/Getty Images
Grohl fronted the Foo Fighters during the opening-night show at The Anthem (inset) in Washington, D.C., last October.

2/16/2018 by Thom Duffy, Billboard

If you build it -- or renovate it -- they will come. That remains the mantra of venue operators seeking their slice of the $25 billion global touring business. From theaters to arenas to stadiums, investment in development or refurbishment of facilities draws higher ticket grosses. Here are 20 of the most notable new or renovated live-music venues in North America competing for the top shows on the road.

LEVITT PAVILION DENVER | Concert capacity: 7,500

Run by a nonprofit foundation, the Levitt Pavilion Denver opened in mid-2017 to offer some 50 free concerts a year in historic Ruby Hill Park, with the goal of building community through music. Funded by donations, grants, sponsorships and concessions, the shed is nurturing local acts, paying them 40 percent above average guarantees for their gigs. The venue also is offering ticketed shows by national artists.

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