Celebrating direct, spectacular views of downtown Milwaukee and Lake Michigan, the new venue features an iconic, wave-inspired roof, which covers more than an acre of space (approximately 50,000 square feet) and provides protection from the elements for approximately 5,000 patrons with high-quality permanent seats and bleachers with backrests. Additionally, the venue accommodates another approximately 5,000 patrons in its standing room viewing area adjacent to the venue and outside of the roof line. Completed for Summerfest 2012, the venue has state-of-the-art production capabilities and large video screens along with a contoured seating bowl to enhance attendees’ viewing experience and sightlines. The area also features a permanent elevated lakeside bar with viewing area under the roof and newly constructed public restrooms.
The dynamic BMO Harris Pavilion is able to be used throughout the festival season for concerts, performances and events outside of Summerfest.
Blue Circle Seat Passes
For the second year, "Blue Circle Seat Passes" will be offered for FREE to fans that enjoy sitting "up close" in reserved seats (first 27 rows) and under cover for opening acts and headlining performances during Summerfest. Show specific, "Blue Circle Seat Passes" will provide the bearer with access to a specific reserved Blue Circle seat, for each listed opening act and headliner one hour prior to the performance time. The lower bowl of the permanent seating area (now known as the Blue Circle Section) accommodates approximately 2,500 attendees for each show.
"Blue Circle Seat Passes" will be available for each headlining show during Summerfest on a first come, first served basis through two means. Another 2,500 bleacher seats and viewing areas in and around the venue, accommodating approximately 5,000 attendees, are open and will not require passes, similar to other ground stage operations. The "Blue Circle Seat Passes" are not a Summerfest admission ticket. Patrons must first obtain admission to Summerfest in order to utilize a "Blue Circle Seat Pass."
Day of Show Onsite Release:
New for 2013, approximately half of the best available “Blue Circle Seat Passes” for each headlining show will be available the day of the show at the Interior Summerfest Box Office (located inside the South Gate at Henry Maier Festival Park) beginning at 2:00 pm with the exception of The Zombies with special guest Et Tu Bruce’ and Cody Simpson with special guest Ryan Beatty whose “Blue Circle Seat Passes” will be available at Noon on those performance dates. Fans may receive a maximum of two (2) passes per person onsite.
2013 Headliner Schedule
Gavin DeGraw with special guest Nikhil Korula Band
LL Cool J featuring DJ Z-Trip with special guest Terry Sims
The Zombies with special guest Et Tu Bruce'
Dispatch with special guest The Ballroom Thieves
Alice Cooper with special guest No Quarter
Styx with special guest Connor Christian with Southern Gothic
Cody Simpson with special guest Ryan Beatty
Go-Gos with special guest Streetlife with Warren Wiegratz
Barenaked Ladies with special guest Vicci Martinez
Foreigner with special guest Bad Boy
Jimmy Eat World
Search the schedule of announced performances on the Schedule page