The Greek Theatre Berkley Tickets
The Greek Theatre of Berkley, or the William Randolph Hearst Greek Theatre of Berkley, as it is more formally known is an 8,500 seat amphitheater that is owned by the University of California, Berkley and operated under the university’s name and discretion. Although the theatre is primarily associated to the university it is known for holding numerous important venues for the entire community and for bringing in several significant events to the area. The venue is an outdoor theatre designed to provide an intimate yet engaging viewing experience for all types of events.
The Hearst Greek Theatre of Berkeley was originally built in 1903, making it one of the oldest university owned theaters used today. Since it officially opened in 1903 it has been the home of several big events and theatre productions. Today the venue is used for UC Berkeley graduation ceremonies and related events and annually hosts the Berkeley Jazz Festival, pop, rock and world music concerts. It has also hosted a number of formal speaking engagements from the likes of William Randolph Hearst, the Dalai lama and President Theodore Roosevelt. Recently the director Michael Moore famously gave a speech at this theatre.
For those who attend Berkeley University the Greek Theatre is perhaps best known not only for its historic significance but for being at the center of many Berkeley University social events. Every year the “Big Game Bonfire Rally” is held at the theatre before Berkeley’s matchup with Stanford in football. The venue has also brought in several big name performers, that usually come when the venue is in prime operating season from May through October. This has included names such as Adele, Jason Maraz, Florence and the Machine, Death Cab for Cutie, Tom Petty and more. No matter what type of event you are looking to attend at the Greek Theatre at Berkley there is no denying that there are no outdoor theaters with the same type of history as this expansive outdoor arena. With the arena comfortably seating thousands while providing a standing and seated pit there are truly very few venues designed quite like this Greek Theatre.