About Terminal 5 in New York, NY
Terminal 5 is a music venue in New York City that has been used by many famous artists. It is located on the corner of West 54th Street and 11th Avenue, in Hell’s Kitchen. The building was originally built for Nabisco as a cookie factory, but was later turned into a food distribution center before its current purpose as a concert hall.
It has 2,300 seats for performances and events such as Broadway shows, concerts and comedy acts. Its capacity makes it one of the smallest venues compared to other similar venues such as Madison Square Garden or Radio City Music Hall (both with 8,000+ seating capacity).
Before it was the busy terminal that you know and love today, Terminal 5 was originally built in 1930 as Marine Air Terminal. This building served as a welcome center for passengers arriving by air to New York, as well as a terminal for sea planes. The building was expanded in 1938 with additional storage space, offices and hangars. After World War II came to an end, there was no longer any need for this type of structure so it was closed in 2005.
In 2008, the building reopened as music venue Terminal 5 (T5) after undergoing extensive renovations that cost $60 million! T5 has been home to many incredible artists over its history such as Foo Fighters and Guns N’ Roses—but don’t worry if you missed out on seeing your favorite band there; they’ve got an entire list of artists coming up this year too!
The capacity of Terminal 5 is 4,500. This number is based on the venue’s fire code and stage configuration. When you purchase tickets for a show at Terminal 5, you’ll be asked to select your ticket type and ticket quantity. The venue will then calculate whether or not the event has reached its capacity based on those selections.
If an event does reach its maximum capacity, you may be unable to purchase tickets at that point in time. If you try to buy tickets during high demand times (like holidays), it’s possible that none will be available because they’ve already been sold out!
Artists who performed there
- Elton John performed at Terminal 5 in 2004 and again in 2006, with the latter performance dubbed “Elton’s Best Night Ever”.
- The Rolling Stones played a show at T5 on October 21, 2005.
- The Black Keys are a rock duo from Akron, Ohio that has been performing at Terminal 5 since 2008.
- Arcade Fire is an indie rock band from Montreal that has also been performing at Terminal 5 since 2008. They are currently touring with some of their biggest hits from back then such as “We Used to Wait” and “Reflektor”.
Concerts that were recorded there
- The Strokes: Room on Fire, 2003
- The Killers: Sam’s Town, 2006
- The Black Keys: Attack & Release and Brothers, 2010 and 2011
- The National: High Violet and Trouble Will Find Me, 2010 and 2013
- Avett Brothers: I & Love & You (2010) and Magpie & the Dandelion (2012)
Jack White has performed at Terminal 5 a few times over the years. In 2008 he played solo acoustic shows for his Blunderbuss album tour as well as for his debut solo album.
Terminal 5 is located at 11th Avenue between 37th and 38th Streets in Manhattan. The local area is known as Hell’s Kitchen, commonly abbreviated as HGK or H-Town. Terminal 5 is part of Hudson Yards, a neighborhood that has been undergoing rapid development since the construction of the High Line Park began in 2009.
There you have it. Terminal 5 is a great venue in New York if you’re looking for an intimate space to hear your favorite music. It’s a smaller, more accessible venue than some of the others on our list, which means you can get closer to your favorite artists.
With its state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems, plus a wide variety of seating options (including special VIP seating), Terminal 5 offers everything you need to enjoy yourself at any show. The staff are all friendly professionals who take pride in their work—and they want to make sure that all their guests have an amazing time!