7 things you should know about Fraze Pavilion

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See Fraze Pavilion from the ground and the air.

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Fraze Pavilion has been an outdoor entertainment option in the Miami Valley for more than 25 years.

Below are seven things you should know about the facility and its history.

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1. The name. Named after inventor Ermal Fraze, who created the pull-tab can opener.

A a new entrance to the  Fraze Pavilioin was added in 2015.  Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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A a new entrance to the Fraze Pavilioin was added in 2015. Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

2. The location. Fraze Pavilion is part of Kettering's Lincoln Park between Shroyer Boulevard and Ackerman Boulevard.

Aerial view of Fraze Pavilioin which was completed in 1991.  Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Aerial view of Fraze Pavilioin which was completed in 1991. Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

3. The opening. The amphitheater held its grand opening Sept. 14, 1991 with a sold-out performance by composer and pianist Marvin Hamlisch.

A view from the stage at  Fraze Pavilioin which was completed in 1991.  Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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A view from the stage at Fraze Pavilioin which was completed in 1991. Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

4. The cost. Fraze Pavilion cost $2.7 million to build.

A a new entrance to the  Fraze Pavilioin was added in 2015.  Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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A a new entrance to the Fraze Pavilioin was added in 2015. Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

5. The seating. Four types of seating are available for guests: Plaza, Orchestra, Lawn and Terrace.

Aerial view of Fraze Pavilioin which was completed in 1991.  Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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Aerial view of Fraze Pavilioin which was completed in 1991. Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

6. The funding. Funding for the pavilion was raised through private and corporate contributions.

A a new entrance to the  Fraze Pavilioin was added in 2015.  Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park.   TY GREENLEES / STAFF
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A a new entrance to the Fraze Pavilioin was added in 2015. Hundreds of artists from Abba to ZZ Top have played at the amphitheater which cost $2.7 million to construct in Kettering's Lincoln Park. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

7. The performers. Hundreds of artists local, national and international, have performed at the Fraze. They include,  as a sampling:

• Alice Cooper

• Barenaked Ladies

• Billy Idol

• Clint Black

• Elvis Costello

• George Carlin

• Kool and the Gang

• ZZ Top

• Sheryl Crow

• REO Speedwagon