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Coachella & Stagecoach expanding capacity by 62,000, possibly adding another stage

Coachella 2016 (more)

Coachella and Stagecoach festivals in future years, which both happen at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, are getting bigger, with larger attendance capacity (with up to 62,000 new attendees total) and the possibility of new stages. Coachella will go from 99,000 to 125,000 capacity, and Stagecoach will grow from 75,000 capacity to 85,000 capacity. From the Desert Sun:

The increased capacity would be gradual so that the city would have time to acclimate to the crowds, Mayor Glenn Miller said.

“I think overall it’s not going to have too much affect,” Miller told The Desert Sun prior to the meeting. “We’ve been working on this for a little while with the (Environmental Impact Report) … so I don’t think you’re going to see much of an impact.”

In order to make room for the extra festival attendees, Goldenvoice will increase the venue size by about 50 acres along Monroe Street, Avenue 50, Avenue 52 and Polo Road. Different areas would be designed to hold campers, taxis and ride-sharing services and act as open spaces for the concert attendees.

“We know that with the demand we have, we could do four Coachellas,” Goldenvoice Vice President Skip Paige said. “We could do five Coachellas with the amount of people that want to come to that show.”

You can check out proposed plans for the bigger Coachella and Stagecoach, including a new stage for each, below. The two weekends of Coachella 2016 just happened, and this year’s Stagecoach is this weekend.

Coachella new map (new stage bottom left)
Stagecoach’s proposed new map (new stage left corner)

more photos from Coachella 2016:

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