October 27, 1972 Featuring John Mayall, Poco and Delbert & Glen.
WEST, BRUCE & LAING
December 2, 1972 Featuring Leslie West, Jack Bruce and Corky Laing.
August 17, 1974 Featuring Mountain and The Climax Blues Band.
October 4, 1974 Featuring Santana and Golden Earring.
THE BEACH BOYS
October 26, 1986 Featuring The Beach Boys.
October 30, 1975 Featuring UFO.
July 4, 1981 Featuring REO Speedwagon.
July 10, 1971 Featuring John Sebastian.
February 15, 1977 Featuring Elvis Presley.
December 16, 1972 Featuring Humble Pie and The J. Geils Band.
THE YOUNG RASCALS
July 13, 1968 Featuring The Young Rascals.
February 1, 1973 Featuring Neil Young, Linda Ronstadt and the Stray Gators.
THE MOODY BLUES
April 7, 1972 Featuring The Moody Blues.
|The Orlando Sports Stadium first opened in 1967 and was later named after the legendary sports wrestler Eddie Graham "The Eddie Graham Sports Stadium".
It was located on the east side of Orlando on the Econolahatchee Trail. It was a very basic indoor arena, no air conditioning, concrete floors, wood plank benches.
In the late 60's and early 70's The Orlando Sports Stadium was the only venue in Orlando to host large concerts, professional wrestling and boxing events. It's amazing that
headliner acts agreed to perform in such a small venue. If you wanted a seat, you sat just a few feet above the roller rink shaped floor on two 2x4 boards that could deliver
hefty splinters. The only other choice was to sit on the concrete floor in front of the stage where spilled drinks was the rule more often than the exception. Most people tried to
get to the front row where they were rewarded with music so loud pouring from the amplifier stacks that your hearing was diminished for hours and your ears rang for days.
The 1971 John Sebastian concert resulted in 2 deaths. A crowd who did not have tickets gathered outside the front of the Stadium and were trying to storm the gate. The
manager called the police and while the squad car was rushing to the scene heading east on Colonial Drive they ran a red light at Highway 436 killing 2 girls in a car at that
intersection. Other officers arriving on the scene, decided to tear gas the paying fans but most remained seated trying to hear Sebastian playing his acoustic guitar.
John Sebastian tried to calm everyone inside as the commotion taking place at the entrance overpowered his microphone.
The paying fans finally had to head for the exits when the tear gas came lingering in.
Deputies arrested 29 fans and the conflicts continued at the stadium. Reports of drug use at concerts were rampant. Some blamed the type of bands that played there.
That type of music attracts ''long hairs'' and they bring in the drugs.
In 1971 Orange County commissioners filed a suit asking a circuit judge to ban hard rock concerts at the stadium.
The suit was later dismissed, but the trouble did not end. In the years that followed, stadium owner Pete Ashlock and the county went head to head
on whether the rock concerts would continue. Despite the violence that had occurred, the stadium had its followers.
Even as parents crowded the jail to retrieve their children who had been arrested in the 1971 riot, they spoke in favor of the stadium.
Without the Orlando Sports Stadium, they said, the kids would have no where to go.
Pete Ashlock and sheriff's deputies eventually reached an agreement that provided extra security at all major concerts.
As a result of the John Sebastian riot there were no rock concerts held at the venue for many years. When the concerts did resume, there was no "Festival Seating" as they
somehow blamed that as the cause of the riot and you were forced to go directly to your seats and were not allowed to move from your seat.
The building was closed by the Orange County Building Department because of code violations and was demolished in November 1995.
The land on which it stood is now occupied by a housing development called "Econ River Estates".
THE BEACH BOYS
April 14, 1974 Featuring The Beach Boys.
August 3, 1971 Featuring Black Sabbath, Sweat Hog, Tin House and White Indigo Lites.
GRAND FUNK RAILROAD
June 25, 1970 Featuring Grand Funk Railroad.
December 31, 1977 Featuring SOMF City, Friends and the Cantamos Jazz Band.
August 22, 1970 Featuring Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna.
April 20, 1975 Featuring Nektar.
TEN YEARS AFTER
July 19, 1975 Featuring Ten Years After, Leslie West and Gary Wright.
THREE DOG NIGHT
April 23, 1971 Featuring Three Dog Night.
THE BEACH BOYS
November 30, 1975 Featuring The Beach Boys.
THE BEACH BOYS
April 9, 1968 Featuring The Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield and The Strawberry Alarm Clock.
July 15, 1972 Featuring Uriah Heep and Long John Baldry.
August 10, 1975 Featuring Uriah Heep and Blue Oyster Cult.
THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND
July 1, 1975 Featuring The Charlie Daniels Band, Elvin Bishop,
Cross Creek and Jump.
TEN YEARS AFTER
May 8, 1973 Featuring Ten Years After.
March 12, 1976 Featuring Peter Frampton and Gary Wright.
November 14, 1970 Featuring Steppenwolf.
December 15, 1974 Featuring Johnny Winter.
August 19, 1971 Featuring Leon Russell and Freddie King.
THE MARSHALL TUCKER BAND
May 23, 1976 Featuring The Marshall Tucker Band and The Outlaws.
THE ROBERT COADY BAND
June 11, 1977 Featuring The Robert Coady Band, The Prince Brothers Band and
The Buckeye Sawmill Garage Band.
February 27, 1988 Featuring Pat Travers, Molly Hatchet and Johnny Van Zant.
THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION
February 23, 1979 Featuring The Atlanta Rhythm Section, Dire Straits and The
Cantamos Jazz Band.
August 29, 1974 Featuring Rory Gallagher and Status Quo.
December 29, 1977 Featuring The Outlaws, Grinderswitch and Cooper & Dodge.
THE BOB SEGER SYSTEM
December 19, 1970 Featuring The Bob Seger System.
July 7, 1971 Featuring Jethro Tull, Argent and Yes.
April 3, 1971 Featuring Edgar Winter.
April 24, 1976 Featuring Foghat and .38 Special.
July 9, 1974 Featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels Band and The Outlaws.
July 24, 1971 Featuring Deep Purple.
March 23, 1973 Featuring Engelbert Humperdinck.
November 1, 1974 Featuring Traffic.
October 19, 1975 Featuring Kiss, Bob Seger and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.
October 31, 1975 Featuring Dave Mason.
January 30, 1976 Featuring The Outlaws and Fat Chance.
BOB DYLANS ROLLING THUNDER REVUE
April 23, 1976 Featuring Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Roger McGuinn and Jack Elliot.
BLUE OYSTER CULT
July 14, 1976 Featuring Blue Oyster Cult and Rush.
"THE EDDIE GRAHAM SPORTS STADIUM"
1967 - 1995
July 27, 1968 Featuring The Who.
THE STEVE MILLER BAND
May 9, 1970 Featuring The Steve Miller Band and Brownsville Station.
PACIFIC GAS & ELECTRIC COMPANY
February 28, 1970 Featuring Pacific Gas & Electric Company.
July 29, 1970 Featuring Spirit and Jeff Beck.
September 19, 1970 Featuring Savoy Brown.
QUICKSILVER & MESSENGER SERVICE
September 4, 1970 Featuring Quicksilver & Messenger Service.
THE CHAMBER BROTHERS
November 11, 1974 Featuring The Chamber Brothers.
January 3, 1975 Featuring Alvin Lee.
THE KITTY WELLS SHOW
November 15, 1967 Featuring Kitty Wells, Johnny Wright & His Tennessee Mountain Boys.
November 14, 1967 Featuring Louis Armstrong and His All Stars.
SONNY & CHER
February 29, 1972 Featuring Sonny & Cher, Freeman King and Murray Langston.
March 20, 1970 Featuring Santana.
THE J GEILS BAND
September 1, 1974 Featuring J Geils, Rory Gallagher and Peter Frampton.