The Pavilion opened on August 3, 2008. The idea started with Earl Holding, owner of the Sun Valley Resort, in 2006. At that time, the Sun Valley Summer Symphony (previous name of the Sun Valley Music Festival) held its concert series under a tent on the lawn. The design for the Pavilion was inspired by its natural setting: the roofline mirrors the mountains and sky and is supported by a huge main truss, supporting a permanent copper header and steel cable net. A seasonal luminous tensile membrane (“the tent”) covers 1,564 seats, the stage, and support facilities. The surrounding landscape is sculpted into an undulating park gently elevated into a natural amphitheater, with views of Trail Creek Canyon, Dollar Mountain, and Bald Mountain.
Fun fact: the Pavilion contains over 1,000 tons of Mariotti travertine, from the Bagni di Tivoli quarry just east of Rome. Other structures featuring this travertine include the Roman Colosseum and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles.