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Mitchell Pavilion Namesake-in-Law Surveys Venue's Renovations

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Woodlands founder, developer and energy tycoon George P. Mitchell, left, tours the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion - named after his wife - with Pavilion CEO Jerry McDonald to see the ongoing renovation after the suburban concert venue was severely damaged by Hurricane Ike. When completed, the $9 million construction project will expand the Pavilion's covered-seating capacity to 6,500.

The total capacity, including the lawn, will remain at about 16,500, though Rocks Off has seen several shows where there had to be more people than that. The project is slated to be completed in April in time for the Pavilion's 2009 season, its 20th. According to Pollstar, the Dave Matthews Band is due back for its more-or-less annual visit May 1.

Click through to see some artists' renderings of the completed Pavilion. - Chris Gray

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