Stage AE is the second indoor/outdoor concert venue in America. Modeled after its predecessor, EXPRESS LIVE! (formerly the LC Pavilion) in Columbus Ohio, Stage AE features state-of-the-art lighting, acoustical systems and an innovative reversible stage. Whether indoor or out, the venue offers unparalleled viewable intimacy. Acoustically, it's designed to capture and translate the truest experience possible. Structurally, it's divided into three independent concert spaces: indoor music hall, indoor club and outdoor amphitheater.
The indoor season is booked throughout the year with the outdoor season scheduled from May to September. Stage AE averages over 110 events every year and offers a variety of music from some of the biggest names in rock, folk, blues, jazz, metal, classical, country, classic rock, alternative rock and everything in between. Additionally, Stage AE hosts sporting and special events such as championship boxing, extreme fighting challenges, charity walks, fundraisers, expos and more.
Located on the North Shore next to Heinz Field, no other venue offers the flexibility, versatility and intimacy of Stage AE. Available year-round for corporate functions, sporting events and private engagements, Stage AE's industrial architecture and unique rock-n-roll ambiance is ideal for creating a high-energy atmosphere for any event. At the same time, the spacious multi-level facility is able to transform itself into a glamorous ballroom suitable for the most elegant events such as weddings, banquets, and formal charity dinners.
Daryl Hall and John Oates, Motley Crue, ZZ Top, Incubus, A Perfect Circle, My Morning Jacket, The Avett Brothers, Queens of the Stone Age, Rise Against, Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller, Sigur Ros, Modest Mouse, 311, Heart, Boston, A Day to Remember, The Lumineers, Tenacious D, Soundgarden, Fall Out Boy, Social Distortion, The Black Crowes, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Lyle Lovett
"The New Stage AE/PromoWest North Shore venue in Pittsburgh is a very well thought out and adaptable venue for artists looking for the right place to play that can do anywhere from 1000-5000 capacity. From the stage size to the artist dressing rooms and production room and facilities to the people who run and market the building it makes for a great day. Styx has found a new home in Pittsburgh."
- Charlie Brusco (Alliance Artist Management - Red Light Atlanta)
“It’s really unique to have a venue that’s great on the inside and outside, in the shadow of Heinz Field; we’ll be back”
- Tommy Shaw (Styx)
“Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA is a great new venue”
- Lyle Lovett
“As a Pittsburgh Native, I recently had the opportunity to play the indoor and outdoor setting at Stage AE, both solo and with Poison and found it to be an unbelievable downtown experience. The fans rocked, the staff was awesome and the sound and vibe inside and out was great”
- Bret Michaels (Poison)
“Having been to the LC Pavilion(now EXPRESS LIVE!) in Columbus several times with Alice Cooper, we were looking forward to the show this year at the Stage AE in Pittsburgh, and we were not disappointed. They took one terrific venue and built an improved version in Pittsburgh. Solid staff, smartly designed venue, good business plan. Wish they had more of them".
- Toby Mamis (Alive Enterprises Management/Trash Tours Inc)
“From my vantage point working a show at Stage AE has been terrific. The availability of space to execute a meet and greet is ample and secure. The staff works with you to coordinate any activities at the facility and is always available to assist. The close proximity to dining establishments on the North Shore is convenient for putting together a pre show dinner for clients. The show experience is always the culmination of a positive experience.”
- Mark Fritzges (Atlantic Records - VP Promotion)
"Stage AE is an excellent venue and one that was long overdue for Pittsburgh and especially for the emerging North Shore. Not only does it offer great back stage amenities for the artists, it's just a great place to see a concert. Whether your’re seeing the show inside or outside your right on top of the band"
- Ed Traversari (formerly of DiCesare Engler Productions)
“Backstage at Stage AE in Pittsburgh. Killer venue. Every city should have one of these”.
- Scott Ian (Anthrax)
"I still miss Club Laga, sitting on the fourth floor of a building, but the [Stage AE] facility is dynamite: great staff, great stage, great sound, great sight lines."
- Matt Kelly (Dropkick Murphys)
"Are your concerts open to all ages?"
Yes. Unless otherwise indicated, our events are open to all ages.
"What time is the show?"
The time listed on your ticket is the time that the doors will open for the show. Live music will usually start about an hour after the doors open, but that's always subject to change. Also, we don't usually know the set times, that's up to the bands to decide.
"Where can I purchase tickets?"
ticketmaster.com, charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000, or at our venues. The Stage AE Box Office is open at Noon on show days.
"Do I have to pay service charges at your box office?"
Tickets for most of our events have a service charge of $4.00 per ticket.
"Where do I pick up my Will Call tickets?"
Will Call tickets can be picked up at the Box Office at the door time for Newport shows, and beginning approximately two hours prior to the door time for EXPRESS LIVE! and Stage AE shows.
"My ticket says 'General Admission' -- what's that mean?"
Almost all of our shows are general admission standing room only, which means that there is no assigned seating, if there's seating at all. On occasions when events are seated, the ticket agent will be able to help you select the best available reserved seating location at your time of purchase. If you require ADA accessible seating for a general admission show, a member of our Guest Services staff can help accommodate your needs when you arrive.
"I bought tickets for a show and now one of the bands are not playing. Can I get a refund?"
Unfortunately no, unless the headliner is no longer playing. Support bands often change through the tour.
"Can I leave the show and come back?"
Almost all of our events have a "no re-entry" policy, which means once you enter, you cannot leave and re-enter. There are food and beverages available on-site, as well as an ATM.
"Does my child need a ticket to get in?"
Yes. Everyone, regardless of age, must have a ticket unless otherwise posted.
"Can I bring a camera, video camera, or recording device?"
The camera policy is set by the artist. Generally, the rule is that no professional cameras or recording devices of any kind are allowed. Many artists will allow you to bring a disposable or small digital camera. If you have a question about the camera policy for a specific show, please contact us.
"Can we smoke at the show?"
Indoor shows are non-smoking.
"What happens if I've lost my ticket?"
You will need to try and get a replacement from where you made your purchase.
"Can I get a refund if I can't make it to the show"
Sorry, as indicated on your ticket, there are no refunds or exchanges. If a show is canceled or postponed, then you may seek a refund at your point of purchase.
"Do you have a coat check?"
"What can't I bring to a show with me?"
For the safety of both concert patrons and our staff, we do not allow the following items:
- iPads or tablets
- Selfie sticks
- Bottles or cans
- Lawn chairs
- Hula Hoops
- Recording devices
- Laser pointers
- Incendiary devices
- Inline skates
- Oversized bags or backpacks of any kind
- Any form of weapon, including knives, mace and / or pepper spray
- Anything with spikes/studs on them (shoes, bracelets, rings, clothing, etc.)
- Battery operated glow sticks and glow balls - Call to inquire