The Woodlands’ Bigger Tent Revival

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion will have twice as many seats, and a greatly enlarged tension-fabric structure to cover them, when it reopens for its first concert on May 1.

A new section of about 2,000 additional reserved seats is being constructed behind the existing uncovered seating area. The new canopy structure will cover all 6,387 seats. The result will be 2,147 fewer seats on the lawn, cutting the venue’s overall capacity by about 460, to 16,040.

The original Teflon-coated Fiberglas-fabric roofs were torn to shreds — and their support structures seriously damaged — by Hurricane Ike:


The expansion, which began in December, is expected to cost $9.8 million. $2.5 million of that will come from insurance.

Photo: The Woodlands Convention & Visitors Bureau; images: Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion