Best Concert Venue: Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
PromoWest founder Scott Stienecker has had a lot of good ideas in three decades of concert promotion, but none of them was more inventive than the indoor-outdoor model pioneered by the LC in 2001, a template that's been copied across the country ever since. The LC gave Columbus a venue for artists too big to play the Newport but not stratospherically popular enough to headline arenas, attracting a bevy of marquee acts that might otherwise pass Columbus by. And it turned the Arena District into an instant concert destination; who wouldn't want to rock out to their favorite band against the Downtown skyline on a breezy summer night?
Runners-up: Newport Music Hall, Nationwide Arena
Lifestyle Communities Pavilion
405 Neil Ave., Arena District