Bend’s largest outdoor music venue has new name: Hayden Homes Amphitheater

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Bend’s largest outdoor music venue, known as the Les Schwab Amphitheater since it opened 20 years ago, has a new name.

Hayden Homes is now the title sponsor of the venue, which just wrapped up its biggest concert season to date.

“As a local home builder established in Central Oregon, over 30 years ago, we are proud to partner with the Old Mill District and Live Nation to support an iconic venue that has a long commitment of bringing the community together,” says Steve Klingman, President at Hayden Homes. “At Hayden Homes we exist to Give As You Go so together, we build a strong community and lead fulfilled lives. We believe The Hayden Homes Amphitheater offers a place where we can do just that – join together, enjoy the benefits of live music, create memories and experience a true feeling of community.”

The amphitheater was built in 2001 and hosted its first shows in 2002.

According to the venue’s website, it was initially named to honor Leslie “Les” Schwab, “a logging-camp-educated, ambitious natural leader. He created a successful tire company known for it’s [sic] service and integrity to both customers and employees alike, but this venue is not named for or sponsored by the company.”

That page has since been removed upon news of the new naming rights.

 

Officials say the venue has hosted more than one million fans over the years for a wide range of events and music including Dave Matthews Band, Bob Dylan, Ringo Starr, Coldplay, John Legend and Luke Bryan.

The venue underwent a massive transformation in 2020 ahead of a 2021 season that saw it partner with entertainment giant Live Nation.

The 25 shows over the summer and early fall were the most ever at the amphitheater.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Hayden Homes,” said Marney Smith, the longtime director of the newly christened Hayden Homes Amphitheater. “Like us, they’re a family-owned business rooted in Central Oregon that wants to do what’s best for this community. The goal of the Amphitheater has always been to provide a space for arts and culture in the heart of Bend,” Smith added. “Hayden Homes has been longtime supporters of not just our venue, but community organizations throughout the region.”

Said Bill Smith, Developer of the Old Mill District. “Hayden Homes shares the same values we do. We named the venue after Les Schwab the man for 20 years, to honor his contribution to helping build the Old Mill District. Hayden Homes builds and invests in this community. Passing the torch to Hayden Homes feels right.”

The Les Schwab organization will still be meaningfully engaged at the venue, officials say.

 

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